The International Women’s Brass Conference’s mission is to educate, develop, support, and promote women brass musicians while inspiring continued excellence and opportunities in the broader musical world. Membership is open to all  who would like to support this effort.

The IWBC has successfully worked toward its mission by:

  • Hosting international conferences.
  • Supporting outstanding musicians through the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition, many of whom have moved into successful careers in music. The additions of the Ginger Turner Ensemble Competition and Penny Turner Young Artist Award also have the mission to support and inspire young musicians everywhere.
  • Commissioning new music for brass.
  • Publishing NoteWorthy, the biannual newsletter of the IWBC.

Publications available through the IWBC include ‘Women Brass Musicians, Past and Present,’ compiled by the Pioneer’s Committee, and the ‘IWBC Directory of Women Brass Performers and Teachers.’

Susan Slaughter

Founder, IWBC

This organization and I first crossed paths when, as a young tubist just starting out in the performance world, I attended the very first IWBC Conference in 1993.  That conference opened my eyes to the high level of performance excellence, the camaraderie and warmth we experience in our field, and the potential for growth we each possess as performers and educators.

We welcome you to attend our conferences, volunteer, compete, enjoy our music making, and work with us to help remove continued barriers to success for all musicians. I hope this website provides all the information you are looking for, and please contact me at any time with ideas, questions and suggestions. Follow us on Facebook, and find us on Twitter and Instagram @IWBC_BRASS.

We are men and women. We are professional and amateur performers, students and teachers, from all walks of life, brass players and beyond. We are spread across the globe. Our mission is to educate, develop, support and promote women brass musicians, and inspire continued excellence and opportunities in the broader musical world.

Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey

President, IWBC

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

IWBC Pioneer Melba Liston was featured on the poster for the first IWBC in St. Louis in 1993. In an effort to fulfill the promise of her image and her inspiration, the IWBC continues to develop the leadership and participation of all brass players in the IWBC. An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee has been formed with current initiatives that include the sponsorship of the Chromatic Brass Collective, a mentorship program, video series Flexibilities, and EDI training for the Board of Directors. The 2022 IWBC at the University of North Texas will feature sessions, panels, ensembles, and soloists that encourage and highlight diversity, equity, and inclusion. The competitions repertoire will include women and BIPOC composers in all rounds of all competitions. The IWBC is deeply committed to including all brass players in our organization.

Meet Our Executive Team

Joanna Ross Hersey


Amy Cherry

Vice President

Natalie Mannix


Lynn Mostoller


Board of Directors

Velvet Brown

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

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Daniel Burdick

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,

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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

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Jan Duga

Jan Z Duga is a freelance tubist and educator in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she was the first female tubist

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Amy Gilreath

Amy Gilreath has won the respect and praise of musicians and audiences the world over for her beautiful sound and expressive interpretations.  As a soloist

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Theresa Hanebury

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

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Joanna Ross Hersey

A native Vermonter, tuba and euphonium soloist Joanna Ross Hersey has produced two solo albums, O quam mirabilis (2010) and Zigzags (2015), featuring music by composers

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Nancy Joy

Growing up on a walnut farm in Springfield, Ohio with “ blue grass” and “gospel” music in her genes, Nancy Joy played horn, trumpet, cello, sang in the choir and

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Kana Madarame

Kana Madarame, born in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan holds an undergraduate degree from Tokyo Gakugei Univrsity and a graduate degree from Tokyo National University of Fine

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Natalie Mannix

Natalie Mannix is an avid soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer and educator. She is currently Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of North Texas and trombonist

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Lynn Mostoller

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

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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

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Ava Ordman

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

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Gerry Pagano

Originally from Athens Georgia, Gerry studied music education at the University of Georgia, before joining Atlanta based entertainer Cody Marshall in 1978. He traveled extensively

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Marquita Reef

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

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Faye-Ellen Silverman

Faye-Ellen Silverman began her music studies before the age of four at the Dalcroze School of Music in New York City. She first achieved national

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Susan Slaughter

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

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Ginger Turner

Ginger Turner recently retired from 27 year tenure performing with The United States Army Field Band. Her career has included playing principal trumpet, performing featured

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Jennifer Marotta

Jennifer Marotta is a Los Angeles based musician who teaches trumpet at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. As an active freelance

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Emeritus Board

Carole Dawn Reinhart
Marie Speziale
Sharon Huff

Honorary Board Members

Clora Bryant
Barbara Butler
JoAnn Falletta
Langston Fitzgerald, III
Fred Irby, III
Julie Landsman
Eugene Pokorny
Gerard Schwarz
Leonard Slatkin
Gail Williams

Emeritus & Honorary Board Members

Our Board Member Emeritus status is given to those whose service and dedication have been central to the success of the organization. Emeritus Board Members have retired from active service to the Board, but are chosen to receive this honor in recognition of their longstanding efforts and support. We thank you for your commitment to our mission, and for your mentoring and leadership. 

IWBC’s Honorary Board is an elite group of individuals who are willing to lend their names in support of our orgniazation. The Honorary Board is made up of prominent community members who are committed to the mission of IWBC. 


IWBC is eternally grateful for the people who have helped to shape this organization throughout the years. All of the past and present board members and volunteers who have so graciously dedicated their time to our organization have forever earned our gratitude. 

Past Presidents

Maureen Horgan
Kelly Watkins
Gail Robertson
Sharon Huff
Marie Speziale
Susan Slaughter

IWBC Team Members

Lauren Rudzinskas

General Manager

Sharon Huff


Lana Lee

Website Management