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
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
Board of Directors
Carole Dawn Reinhart
Honorary Board Members
Langston Fitzgerald, III
Fred Irby, III
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.
IWBC Team Members