Joe Parisi

Joe Parisi
Curators' Distinguished Professor of Instrumental Music Education / Associate Director of Bands / Director of the Interdisciplinary PhD Program

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Joseph Parisi is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor at the UMKC Conservatory where he conducts the Conservatory Wind Ensemble and serves as a music education and conducting faculty member. Recognized as one of the most well-rounded faculty members at UMKC, Parisi has amassed an impressive career as a conductor, performing artist, pedagogue, and scholar.

He has appeared throughout the world conducting music festivals, adjudicating ensembles, performing, and presenting clinics, research, lectures and workshops. Recognized as one of America’s outstanding brass conductors, Parisi is the principal conductor of Summit Brass at the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute ( and Fountain City Brass Band ( Both groups have a rich and distinguished history of outstanding brass playing, and under Parisi’s leadership, Fountain City Brass Band leads the United States as one of the world’s top brass bands. Parisi has been recognized numerous times with the Brass Band Conductor of the Year Award, and received the winning conductor award at the Scottish Open Championship. Fountain City Brass Band has recorded several albums, and the latest recording, Celtic Impressions, has received wide-spread praise for its ensemble precision, excitement, and musicality. As a researcher his work on teaching effectiveness, perception, and musical preference have been published in numerous top tier academic journals.

Dr. Parisi completed a bachelor’s degree in music education at the State University of New York at Potsdam (Crane School of Music); and a master’s degree in trumpet performance and a PhD in instrumental conducting/music education from Florida State University. While at the UMKC Conservatory, Parisi has won numerous awards including the Kauffman Outstanding Service Award, the Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Kauffman Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity.