Board of Directors



Joanna Hersey


A native Vermonter, Joanna studied with Dan Perantoni at Arizona State University, received a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music studying with Chester Schmitz, and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance from the Hartt School.  As Principal Tubist with the United States Coast Guard Band, Joanna performed throughout the country as a soloist and clinician after winning the position at the age of nineteen.  Joanna has played for three U.S. Presidents, performed at numerous state functions for visiting dignitaries, and has appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America.  In her freelance career she has performed with artists including Placido Domingo, Roberta Flack, Marilyn Horne, Arlo Guthrie, Michael Bolton, Lee Greenwood, Arturo Sandoval and Jack Nicholson.  Joanna is a member of the nation’s first professional tuba euphonium quartet, Alchemy.  Joanna’s solo albums, O quam mirabilis (2010) and Zigzags (2015), showcase music for tuba and euphonium with electronics, featuringJoanna’s own compositions.  Joanna is Principal Tubist with the Carolina Philharmonic and Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  Joanna is a Yamaha and Parker Mouthpiece Artist, and information on her Hersey Artist Model Tuba Mouthpiece from Parker Mouthpieces, as well as upcoming events and information, can be found at

    Laurel Ohlson


    Laurel Bennert Ohlson, National Symphony Orchestra Associate Principal Horn, has appeared as a concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and Virginia Chamber Orchestra, and in numerous solo engagements across the U.S. and South America.  She was a member of the Capitol Woodwind Quintet from 1986-2012, and has been a member of Eclipse Chamber Orchestra since 1992.  Ms. Ohlson premiered Truman Harris’Concertino for Horn and Chamber Orchestra with Eclipse in 1999 and recorded the Concertino for Naxos in 2006.
    Ms. Ohlson is on the faculty at The Catholic University of America and is an active performer and teacher through the NSO’s Youth Fellowship Program, Summer Music Institute, and American Residencies.  She has also presented master classes and Wagner tuba clinics at International Horn Society Symposiums, IHS Regional Workshops, and International Women’s Brass Conferences.  She has served on the IWBC Board of Directors since 1991.
    Ms. Ohlson presents “History of the Horn” lecture demonstrations for audiences both young and young-at-heart, performing on at least a dozen horn-related instruments including the alphorn, shofar, conch shell, natural horn, Wagner tuba, and the ever-popular garden hose.  A graduate of Boston University School for the Arts, Ms. Ohlson received her degree in horn performance with a minor in mathematics.  She is forever grateful to her primary teachers Charles Kavalovski, Arthur Berv, Eugene Rittich and Jacob Glazer.

        Amy Cherry


        Amy Cherry is currently a freelance musician and trumpet teacher in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. She holds a B.M. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Illinois and an M.M. and D.M.A. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

        Dr. Cherry will act as a visiting professor at Delaware State University in 2016. She served as Assistant Professor of Music at Western Carolina University from 2008-2014, and has previously held the position of Instructor of Trumpet at Morehead State University, Wright State University and East Tennessee State University.

        She has served as Principal Trumpet with the Asheville Lyric Opera, Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Spartanburg Philharmonic, and Third Trumpet with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Kingsport Symphony, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Opera, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Flat Rock Playhouse, Mannheim Steamroller, the Monarch Brass Ensemble, the Athena Brass Band, and the Summit Brass Ensemble. Amy is an active chamber musician interested in reaching new audiences and expanding the repertoire for brass instruments. To achieve those goals she founded the Balaton Chamber Brass in 2010 with her husband, trombonist Dan Cherry. Their debut album, Changing Times & Colors was released in 2015 on the Albany Records label.

            Sharon Huff


            Dr. Sharon Huff earned her BME summa cum laude from Illinois State University, and an MM and DMA from the University of Illinois.  Elected as President of the IWBC in 2001, Dr. Huff co-hosted the 2003 and 2006 conferences, both held at Illinois State University.  She currently serves as the IWBC Treasurer.  Dr. Huff is a retired faculty member from Millikin University, where she conducted the Concert Band; supervised student teachers; taught Brass Methods, Applied Tuba/Euphonium, Instrumental Methods for Vocalists, and Marching Band Techniques; and coached the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble.  She has been the Music Director of the Brass Band of Central Illinois since 2007.  Previously, Dr. Huff taught at Illinois State University and St. Norbert College near Green Bay, Wisconsin.  She is also currently the Director of Music Ministries at the First Baptist Church of Bloomington, IL.

            As a clinician, conductor, adjudicator, and soloist, Dr. Huff has conducted and performed across the Midwestern and Eastern United States, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Finland, Germany, and Austria.  She served as the Conferences Coordinator for the International Tuba/Euphonium Association for 8 years, and has helped plan conferences all over the world. In addition, she has guest conducted the Monarch Brass at the ITG and IWBC events, and for the Michigan Monarch Brass in Kalamazoo, MI.

                Maureen Horgan

                Past President

                Trombonist Maureen Horgan is Professor of Music at Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA and performs with the New Hampshire Music Festival in the summer months.  She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory, Yale University, and SUNY Stony Brook.   In 30 years as a free-lance musician, she performed with the Opera Company of Boston, Boston Philharmonic, Pro Arte Orchestra, John Oliver Chorale, Capital Brass, Jazzabelles, and others.  She has also performed with or for Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, YoYo Ma, Henry Mancini, the Irish Tenors, Victor Borge, and Brian Wilson.  Ms. Horgan has recorded for the Gunmar, Ladyslipper, and BGMC labels.  An active proponent of new music, she has commissioned four works and her solo CD of new works for trombone, “Moe’s Bit o’Blues” is out on the Centaur Label.

                BOARD OF DIRECTORS

                  Velvet Brown

                  Board Member

                  Velvet Brown is professor of tuba and euphonium at Penn State University.  Prior to joining the faculty in 2003, she taught at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and Ball State University (Indiana), and served as an associate director of University Bands at Boston University.

                  Brown enjoys a professional career as an international soloist, chamber ensemble performer, recording artist, conductor, and orchestral player.  She is currently the principal tubist of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra.  She has served as principal tuba with the River City Brass Band, guest principal with the Lahti Philharmonic in Finland, and as a substitute or additional tubist with the Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, San Francisco Women’s Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.  She has garnered high praise as a founding and current member of the Stiletto Brass Quintet, Monarch Brass Ensemble and Quintet, the Junction Tuba Quartet, and the Pennsylvania Brassworks.  Brown is also a founding board member of the International Women’s Brass Conference.

                  She has released four solo CDs, and has collaborated on several other recordings as a soloist and ensemble member.  Brown is a Besson/Buffet/Melton/Meinl Weston/Denis Wick performing artist.

                    Daniel Burdick

                    Board Member

                    Daniel Burdick, Associate Professor of Low Brass at Edinboro University, has performed with the Canadian Brass, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, and numerous professional brass quintets. Concerts have included appearances at the British Institute Library in Florence, Italy, theStaatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and a series of 15 concerts at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. The concerts were described as, “…interesting… moving…deeply emotional…” as well as,  “Maestro Daniel Burdick made the tuba come alive….” He has taught at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Kentucky at Lexington, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He received the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in tuba performance from the University of Michigan.  He is the Principal Tuba of the Erie Chamber Orchestra, has performed with the Erie Philharmonic, and has made numerous presentations at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association state conferences. This summer, Dr. Burdick participated in both the Music History Pedagogy Institute at The Julliard School sponsored by the College Music Society and theMeditation for Musicians workshop at Karmê Chöling in Vermont taught by Madeline Bruser. In September, he was a panelist at the American Musicological Society’s Teaching Music History Day at DePauw University.

                      Jan Duga

                      Board Member, Lifetime Service Award Winner (2012)

                      Jan Duga is a freelance tubist and educator in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She served 30 years in The United States Air Force Band, Washington D.C., until her retirement in 2013 as a Chief Master Sergeant. In addition to her performing duties, Jan was a tour manager for the Concert Band and in charge of several organization-wide duties including personnel, administration, auditions and marketing/outreach.

                      Jan graduated from The Ohio State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree in solo tuba performance from Arizona State University in 1982. Her teachers include, Robert LeBlanc, Raymond Nutaitis, Arnold Jacobs, Michael Bunn and Paul Krzywicki. She also taught in the Chillicothe, Ohio public school system. Jan has been a featured soloist at both the 1992 and 1998 ITEC. A charter member of the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC), she served as secretary for 3 years, and was honored at the 2012 conference with the first Lifetime Service Award. She is the current Conference Co-Chair for IWBC and Manager of Monarch Brass.


                          Amy Gilreath

                          Board Member

                          Amy Gilreath, a founding member of Stiletto Brass Quintet, has an active professional career as both a performer and university professor. She is Principal Trumpet with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, and serves as the Director of the Orvieto Musica Trumpet Fest in Orvieto Italy. Amy has appeared as a soloist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Leyland Brass Band, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Orvieto Musica Chamber Orchestra, as well as many university and high school bands. She has been an invited soloist and clinician at the Sounds News Music Festival in Canterbury, England; the Hans Marteau Brass Festival in Hof, Germany; and the Exploring the Trumpet Festival in Kalavrita, Greece, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. In 2010 she appeared as the first woman soloist at the International Romantic Trumpet Festival held in St. Petersburg. Amy has received numerous praises for her solo CD entitled “Enjoying Life”, and can be heard on the Sinfonia da Camera recording “Enescu: Impressions and Chamber Symphony” released by Albany Records. She was the featured artist in the December 2009 international magazine “The Brass Herald.”

                          Amy is currently Professor of Trumpet at Illinois State University and also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Trumpet Guild. Amy has been co-host of the 2003 and 2006 International Women’s Brass Conference. Amy is a B&S Trumpets Performing Artist.

                              Theresa Hanebury

                              Board Member

                              Theresa Hanebury, trumpet, has been a member of the Houston Ballet Orchestra since 1983 where in addition to playing with the orchestra she also now serves as Music Librarian and Pianist Manager. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music in 1983. Ms. Hanebury toured extensively with Texas Opera Theatre from 1984 to 1987, and has performed with the Texas Chamber Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, Fort Worth Symphony, Lubbock Symphony and the Imperial Brass.

                              In addition to her positions with the Ballet Orchestra, Ms. Hanebury currently performs with the Athena Brass Band, Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and the Ambient Brass Quintet. She performs with Monarch Brass Ensemble, Houston Chamber Orchestra and the American Pops Orchestra and also serves as Personnel Manager for these groups. She works extensively as a musician’s contractor in the Houston/Galveston area for many churches, schools and touring shows. In addition Ms. Hanebury frequently performs as a soloist and teaches trumpet privately in the Houston area.

                                  Nancy Joy

                                  Board Member

                                  Nancy Joy received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wittenberg University School of Music in Springfield, Ohio, studying with Dr. Richard Chenoweth, and then completed a Master of Music in Horn Performance at New Mexico State University, studying with Dr. Warner Hutchison.  Nancy is currently in her twentieth year as Horn Professor at New Mexico State University.  In her first year at NMSU, Nancy created a horn choir, called the “NMSU Corno Crew” which is very active in premiering new works.  The NMSU Horn Choir has performed as a premier performing ensemble at the following International Horn Society (IHS) Symposiums: 1999 in Athens, GA; 2000 in Beijing, China; 2005 in Tuscaloosa, AL; and 2008 in Denver, CO.

                                  Ms. Joy is Principal Horn of the Las Cruces Symphony at NMSU, and Second Horn of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and El Paso Opera Company.  Nancy has appeared as a guest artist at many International Horn Symposiums, Spanish Brass Festivals, Brazilian Concursos and IWBC conferences. She is currently the International Horn Society’s International Symposium Coordinator.

                                      Kana Madarame

                                      Board Member

                                      Born in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, Kana Madarame is active as both a performer and a teacher mainly around Tokyo. She is an adjunct professor at Tokyo Gakugei University, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and Shobi College of Music, where she teaches trumpet, British brass and trumpet ensemble. She also coaches high school bands in Tokyo.  Ms. Madarame often volunteers to give recitals to support and spread music education and culture in her hometown, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan.

                                      Ms. Madarame is principal cornet of the Japan Ladies’ Brass Band and Tokyo Brass Society, the first professional British-style brass band in Japan. She is currently a board member of International Women’s Brass Conference and Japanese Band Directors Association.  She has appeared and won in several solo competitions in Japan. Her successful music achievement is not only in Japan but also throughout North America, Europe and Malaysia. In 2003, she won second prize at International Women’s Brass Conference.

                                      Ms. Madarame received her Master of Music in trumpet performance from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music in addition to a Bachelor of Music Education and Performance from Tokyo Gakugei University. Ms. Madarame’s primary teachers include Mineo Sugiki, Yukihiro Sekiyama and Pierre Thibaud.

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                                          Lynn Mostoller

                                          Board Member

                                          Lynn Mostoller joined the Santa Fe Symphony in 2004, where she currently serves as second trombonist. From 1991 to 2001 she served as principal trombonist of the Tulsa Philharmonic. Prior to her appointment in Tulsa, Ms. Mostoller performed regularly with the Women’s Philharmonic, the Santa Cruz Symphony, and the Santa Rosa Symphony. She has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and the Monarch Brass Ensemble. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2004 she completed a Juris Doctor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Ms. Mostoller served as law clerk to the Honorable Harris Hartz of the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit for the 2004-2005 term. She is an attorney with the Albuquerque law firm, Sutin Thayer & Browne, P.C., where her practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, appeals, and employment law. Ms. Mostoller is one of five lawyers to receive the 2014 Guardian of Liberty Award from the ACLU of New Mexico for her work on Griego v. Oliver, which challenged New Mexico’s ban on same-sex marriage.

                                              Ava Ordman

                                              Board Member

                                              Ava Ordman has been the Associate Professor of Trombone at Michigan State University since 2002. She is also the principal trombonist of both the Cabrillo Music Festival and the Lansing Symphony Orchestras. For 24 years, Ordman was principal trombone of the Grand Rapids Symphony, relocating to the Detroit area to work as a psychotherapist, teach low brass at Oakland University, and freelance as a trombonist.

                                              Ordman has been a featured soloist with many orchestras throughout the US, including her 1990 solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony. In addition, she has been featured at many International Trombone Festivals, American Trombone Workshops and International Women’s Brass Conferences. Ordman performed the world premieres of Steven Smith’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra with the Eugene (OR) Symphony Orchestra and Libby Larsen’s “Mary Cassat” with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

                                              Ordman was a finalist in both the Concert Artist Guild Competition and the Louise D. MacMahon International Solo Competition. She was also a semi-finalist at the 1983 International Trombone Competition in Toulon, France. Ordman is the featured trombone soloist on a Koss Classics’ CD of concertos by Donald Erb and on the CD entitled “Simple Gifts” -the Music of Frank Ticheli.

                                              Ava earned her B.M. and M.M. in trombone performance from the University of Michigan in 1975 and an M.A in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1998.

                                                  Marquita Reef

                                                  Board Member

                                                  Marquita Reef is a music educator in St. Louis, Missouri.  She holds a position at Metro Academic and Classical High School where she teaches a variety of subjects to include the Concert Band, Beginning Winds and Percussion, Music History, Jazz History, and Classical Guitar.  In addition to her board duties with the IWBC, she is also a board member for the St. Louis Low Brass Collective.

                                                  She received her degrees from the University of Denver-Lamont School of Music, and DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

                                                      Faye-Ellen Silverman

                                                      Board Member

                                                      Composer FayeEllen Silverman, a founding board member of the IWBC, holds a BA from Barnard College (cum laude and honors in music), an AM from Harvard University, and a DMA from Columbia University. First published at age 24, approximately 90 of her compositions are now available from Subito Music Corporation, including many works for brass. Her works are recorded on Albany, New World Records, Capstone, Crystal, private label and Finnadar Records. At age 13 she won the “Parents’ League Competition”, judged by Leopold Stokowski, leading to her performing the winning “Sunset and Twilight” – her Carnegie Hall debut. She has since received awards from UNESCO, Indiana State University [Orchestral] Composition Competition, NLAPW, and ASCAP, been awarded national and international composer residencies, and has been commissioned by soloists, chamber music groups, and orchestras.
                                                      A professor for most of her professional life, she has also lectured in Poland (sponsored by the Maestro Foundation), Lithuania (sponsored by the U.S. State Department) and throughout the United States. Silverman is the author of several articles, record reviews for The Baltimore Sun, and the 20th century section of the Schirmer History of Music. As a pianist, she has she has recorded for Radio Cologne (WDR), and has performed at the International Festival of Experimental Music in Bourges, the Library of Congress, and as soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
                                                      Her music may be purchased from any sheet music dealer as well as directly from her publisher at.

                                                        Susan Slaughter

                                                        Board Member

                                                        Susan Slaughter joined the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in l969 and four years later became the first woman ever to be named Principal Trumpet of a major symphony orchestra. She has been on the faculty of the Grand Teton Orchestra Seminar, the National Orchestra Institute, The Texas Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.

                                                        In 1992 Ms. Slaughter founded the International Women’s Brass Conference, an organization dedicated to provide opportunities and recognition for women brass musicians. As a fund-raising effort to support the International Women’s Brass Conference, Ms. Slaughter organized and has produced the very popular Holiday Brass concerts, which are now in their third decade, and are performed each December. Additionally, Baltimore, MD also produces a Holiday Brass concert to help support the ever growing International Women’s Brass Conference.

                                                        In 1996, Ms. Slaughter founded Monarch Brass, an all female brass ensemble which has performed in the United States and Europe to critical acclaim.  In 2003, they released their first recording titled ‘Monarch Brass.’

                                                        For more information about the International Women’s Brass Conference and the Holiday Brass Concerts, visit, and respectively.

                                                        Ms. Slaughter retired as Principal Trumpet from the Saint Louis Symphony on September 1, 2010.

                                                            Ginger Turner

                                                            Board Member

                                                            Ginger Turner plays trumpet with The United States Army Field Band where she is also the Element Leader of the Concert Band.  She has been in the Concert Band since 1990, and has performed many featured solos, brass quintet performances, clinics, and master classes around the country in support of our Armed Forces.  Inspired by the St. Louis Holiday Brass Concerts organized by Susan Slaughter in 1992, Ginger started the Baltimore Holiday Brass Concert in 2004.  The annual holiday brass concerts have provided an inspiring sacred musical event, while raising money for the important mission of the IWBC. Sold out every year, this concert has become recognized as the ‘kick-off” for the holiday season in Baltimore Maryland. Ginger holds a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from Arizona State University where she studied with David Hickman.

                                                              Jennifer Marotta

                                                              Board Member, Newsletter Co-Editor

                                                              Jennifer Marotta is currently a freelance musician and trumpet teacher in Los Angeles, California. She is originally from Naperville, IL, and earned her BM from Northwestern University and MM from DePaul University. Jennifer was a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band from 2001–2005, where she was an active soloist and chamber musician. She is currently a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Music of the Baroque. She has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, LA Master Chorale, San Diego Symphony, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Marotta acted as a visiting professor at UCLA in 2016, was Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Kennesaw State University from 2006-2012, and was Artist in Residence at Emory University from 2006-2012.

                                                                Kelly Watkins

                                                                Board Member

                                                                United States Coast Guard Band member, Chief Musician Kelly Watkins hails from the great state of Texas. A featured trumpet soloist with the band on numerous occasions, MUC Watkins is also a member of the United States Coast Guard Brass Quintet. In addition to her work with the USCG Band, Kelly also serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band based in New York City.

                                                                Prior to her appointment with the USCG Band in February 2003, Kelly performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Opera Illinois, and the Illinois State University Faculty Brass Quintet. In 2009 and 2012, she was awarded first prize in the North American Brass Band Association Adult High Brass Slow Melody Solo competition and in 2003 was awarded the Grand Prize at the International Women’s Brass Conference Solo Competition. Additionally, she has been a prizewinner in the 2001 and 2002 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competitions and in the 2002 National Trumpet Competition.

                                                                Kelly holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a Master of Music degree from Illinois State University. She is an active member of the International Women’s Brass Conference currently serving on the Board of Directors and has previously served as President and as the Executive Director.

                                                                HONORARY MEMBERS

                                                                Clora Bryant

                                                                Barbara Butler

                                                                JoAnn Falletta

                                                                Langston Fitzgerald, III

                                                                Fred Irby, III

                                                                Julie Landsman

                                                                Eugene Pokorny

                                                                Gerard Schwarz

                                                                Leonard Slatkin

                                                                Gail Williams