Board Of Directors

Scroll down to get to know our Board of Directors and our Emeritus and Honorary Board Members. We thank them all for their service and devotion to our mission.


Joanna 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 including Hildegard von Bingen and Libby Larson in combination with her own works. Joanna is President of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and a Yamaha and Parker Mouthpiece Performing Artist. As a composer, her new Fresh Faces series highlights diverse music for solo and chamber brass, available from her website. Joanna’s newest solo composition, ElevenTwelve, for solo tuba and electronics, takes soloist and audience alike on a tour of Hildegard von Bingen’s convent, through a map presented as a graphic score.

As a member of the Alchemy Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, Joanna performs throughout North America and Europe and can be heard on the group’s recordings Village Dances (1997) and Prelude and Groove (2012). For sixteen years Alchemy has been in residence each February at the Horn-Tuba Workshop in Jever, Germany where the group performs recitals, gives master-classes and conducts ensembles. 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. Beginning her career 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. In collaboration with Parker Mouthpieces, Joanna has debuted the Hersey Artist Model Tuba Mouthpiece, featuring a three component stainless steel design.

Joanna’s research interests focus on brass history and women in 20th Century American music, and her work has been published in the International Tuba Euphonium Journal, the International Women’s Brass Conference Newsletter, the Historic Brass Society Journal, the North Carolina Music Educator’s Journal and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Joanna has also contributed chapters to three books, Bands of Sisters: U.S. Military Bands During World War II, Women’s Bands in America: Performing Music and Gender, and An Early History of Music Education in Universities: The Normal School Years. 


    Amy Cherry

    Vice President

    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 & Colorswas released in 2015 on the Albany Records label.


    Natalie Mannix


    Natalie Mannix is an avid soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer and educator. In fall of 2016 she began her current position at the University of North Texas after teaching eight years at Towson University in Baltimore and playing Principal Trombone in the Delaware Symphony for 14 years. Previously, she was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC for over nine years where she performed with the brass quintet, concert and ceremonial band.  

    Dr. Mannix has appeared as guest artist and clinician at colleges and conferences throughout North America, including the 2018, 2016 and 2013 International Trombone Festival, the International Women’s Brass Conference, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and the American Trombone Workshop. She has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Baltimore Symphony, National Symphony, the Washington Opera and Kennedy Center Orchestras, the Washington Trombone Ensemble, the Monarch Brass, Stiletto Brass and several regional orchestras and brass ensembles. A new music advocate, she has commissioned several works for trombone and continues to perform and promote music by emerging composers.

    Her recent recordings include a solo album, Breaking Ground: A Celebration of Women Composers and chamber music CDs: And If All Were Darkwith Dave Taylor and the Washington Trombone Ensemble, Mozart Requiem with the Dallas Chamber Choir and Orchestra, the grammy-nominated Interchange: Concertos by Rodrigo and Assad with the Delaware Symphony and the LA Guitar Quartet; and Shadowcatcher: Music for Winds, Brass and Percussion

    An avid brass pedagogue Natalie has adjudicated international solo and ensemble competitions and serves on the Board of Advisors and as chair of the Competition Committee for the International Trombone Association and on the Board of Directors for the International Women’s Brass Conference.

    Natalie received her degrees from the University of Michigan, The Juilliard School and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Catholic University. She is a performing artist for the Edwards Instrument Company.


      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 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.



      1993 - 1997  Susan Slaughter 
      1998 - 2001  Marie Speziale
      2001 - 2007  Sharie Huff
      2007 - 2008  Gail Robertson
      2008 - 2013   Kelly Watkins
      2013 -2016    Maureen Horgan 



        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.

                            • Website: Link (Japanese)
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                              Laurel Ohlson

                              Board Member

                              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.

                                  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.


                                  Gerry Pagano

                                  Board Member

                                  Originally from Athens Georgia, Gerry studied music education at the University of Georgia, before joining Atlanta based entertainer Cody Marshall. He traveled extensively during this time, to such places as Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Saudi Arabia, playing dance/show music. The next four years were spent free lancing in Phoenix, Az. and gaining more experience, playing shows like Annie, Chorus Line, Sammy Davis Jr. and Liberace. While in Az. he started auditioning for orchestras, and determined
                                  more study was needed. His next three years were spent studying in New York, at Juilliard, where he graduated with a Bachelors and Masters in 1987. While there, he had the opportunity to perform with the Met Opera, sub with the NY Philharmonic, and other regional orchestras. In 1987, he won a position as Bass Trombone in the S.F. Ballet Orchestra, a position he held until winning the St Louis Symphony Bass Trombone position in 1995. He has spent the last 10 summers teaching at the Interlochen Arts Camp. He is a founding member of the St Louis Low Brass Collective, and the Trombones of the St Louis Symphony, as well as a frequent clinician and recitalist around the country. Gerry is an Edwards Instrument Artist.


                                    Marquita Reef

                                      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 recently retired from 27 year tenure performing with The United States Army Field Band. Her career has included playing principal trumpet, performing featured solos with the concert band, leading a brass quintet and presenting numerous master classes nationwide. She was the designer and coordinator of the widely-used instructional video, A Trumpeter’s Resource. Turner also developed the program “Building a Better Brass Section through the development of the Brass Quintet” which has been presented at major music conferences around the country. This program has created opportunities for students to excel while providing leadership training in one lesson plan, emphasizing individual responsibility in learning. A longstanding and active member of Monarch Brass, Turner has enjoyed playing and touring with the ensemble since 2008.

                                                Passionate about education, Turner has been involved with the International Women’s Brass Conference since 2003.  She currently serves as a board member, chair of the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition and the Ginger Turner Ensemble Competition, and annually produces the Holiday Brass Concert in Baltimore, Maryland.

                                                Ms. Turner has studied with greats of the trumpet world such as Marie Speziale, Susan Slaughter and René Hernandez.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance from Arizona State, studying with David Hickman.

                                                Turner is a Conn-Selmer Educational Artist.

                                                  Jennifer Marotta

                                                  Board Member, Newsletter Co-Editor

                                                  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 musician, she regularly performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the St. Louis Symphony.

                                                  Marotta is currently a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Music of the Baroque in Chicago. She was a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band from 2001 to 2005.

                                                  Originally from Naperville, Illinois, Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Music degree from DePaul University, where she studied with Barbara Butler and John Hagstrom.

                                                  Marotta was a visiting trumpet professor at UCLA in 2016 and was Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Kennesaw State University from 2006 to 2012. She was also a visiting professor at Illinois State University in 2006 and was an artist-in-residence at Emory University from 2006 to 2010.

                                                  Jennifer, along with Thomas Hooten, is the most recent editor for Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet, published by Carl Fischer. Jennifer is a Yamaha Artist.

                                                    Kelly Watkins

                                                    Kelly Watkins

                                                    Board Member

                                                    Conductor, educator, and trumpet player Kelly Watkins hails from the great state of Texas. A member of the United States Coast Guard Band since 2003, she has appeared as a featured soloist on national concert tours and traveled extensively across the United States, and abroad to Taiwan and Japan. Kelly also serves on the faculty of Eastern Connecticut State University where she directs the Eastern Concert Band and has taught courses in conducting, Brass Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and arts leadership. Guest conducting engagements include ensembles at Gustavus Adolphus College (MN), Appalachian State University (NC), the University of Delaware, and several United States Coast Guard Band and Chamber Players performances, as well as regional and district honor ensembles in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

                                                    From 2013-2016 she served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band in New York City. In this post she led an ensemble of 100+ musicians of varying musical abilities in concerts and outreach initiatives across Manhattan, including collaborations with Randy Graff (Les Miserables), Liz Callaway (Broadway, Tony nominee) and Carol Jantsch (Philadelphia Orchestra).

                                                    Kelly holds a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, a Master of Music from Illinois State University and has pursued studies in Arts Administration at Boston University. Additionally, she currently serves as the Connecticut State Chair in the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association, as a member of the International Trumpet Guild, and on the Board of Directors for the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC).


                                                    EMERITUS 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. 


                                                    Carole Dawn Reinhart

                                                    Carole Dawn Reinhart

                                                    Emeritus Board Member

                                                    Carole Dawn Reinhart was born in Roselle, New Jersey on Dec. 20th, 1941. Her mother played trombone and started her daughter on the slide cornet at age two and a half. By the time Reinhart was 7, she was playing duets in concert with her older brother, who was an accomplished trumpeter. At age 10, she received a scholarship to study with Edward Treutel at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. She was first chair in New Jersey's All-State Bands and Orchestras. At age 16, she was commissioned as the youngest and only woman bandmaster in the Salvation Army, and made her first international appearance as guest soloist and conductor at a youth congress in Toronto, Canada. 

                                                    After graduating from high school, Reinhart received a symphony orchestra scholarship to the University of Miami, where she worked under Fabian Sevitzky and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts. A Fulbright scholarship then took her to study with Helmut Wobisch in Vienna, where she was the first woman brass player to achieve the coveted "Reifezeugnis" with honors. Reinhart then returned to New York to complete her education at the Juilliard School of Music, where she was first trumpet in the Juilliard Orchestra and received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Science degrees. Following graduation, Reinhart played regularly in the orchestra at Radio City Music Hall and in Leopold Stokowski's American Symphony Orchestra. She continued as a Getzen clinician soloing with high school and college bands and various orchestras, and appeared on numerous TV shows, including the "Tonight Show", the "Mike Douglas Show" and several Al Hirt "Fanfare" shows. In 1968, she performed for American servicemen on a USO tour of Asia during the Vietnam war. 

                                                    In 1971, Reinhart moved to Berlin, Germany where she played studio sessions, filled in as principal trumpet at the "Deutsche Oper", and built up her solo career with symphony and chamber orchestras, averaging 125 concerts a year, as well as television performances and radio recordings. In addition she made solo albums for Deutsche Grammophon and BASF radio recordings. In addition she made solo albums for Deutsche Grammophon and BASF with the Munich Philharmonic, German Bach Soloists, Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra and Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra. Her concert tours have taken her throughout Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, the United States, Canada, and Australia, where she performed in Melbourne with the Australian Symphony for over 100,000 people with "live" national television coverage. 

                                                    In 1983, Reinhart was offered a professorship at the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 1994, the Vienna University Press published the book, "Carole Dawn Reinhart – Aspects of a Career", which is now available from IWBC in an updated 3rd edition with CD. (<[email protected]> Proceeds go to IWBC) After a 40 year performance career, Reinhart ceased concertizing in 1996 but continues to be active teaching at the university in Vienna, giving master classes around the world, and serving as a juror for competitions. In 2009, with the dissertation theme, "Women Brass Musicians", (also available at <[email protected]>), she earned her PhD. 

                                                    Reinhart, a founding member of ITG who served on the ITG Board of Directors and performed at the 1st International Brass Conference held in Montreux, Switzerland in 1976, is the longest affiliated Getzen artist, since "Doc" Severinson gave her a Getzen trumpet on the "Tonight Show" in 1964. She has attended and participated in every IWBC conference since 1993, when she performed several solos and her Carole Reinhart Trio played a concert. She was a member of Monarch Brass on its inaugural tour in 1996 and received the Pioneer Award in 2003. 


                                                    Marie Speziale

                                                    Marie Speziale

                                                    Emeritus Board Member

                                                    Marie Speziale, Professor Emerita of Trumpet and Chair of the Brass Department at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, is acknowledged as the first woman trumpeter in a major symphony orchestra. Ms. Speziale retired in 1996 after having served as Associate Principal Trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony for thirty-two years (1964-1996). A graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ms. Speziale studied with Robert Price, Robert Braunagel, Eugene Blee and Arnold Jacobs. 

                                                    Her tenure with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra included playing with the Cincinnati Opera Orchestra, Cincinnati May Festival Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Ms. Speziale performed under the batons of such greats as Igor Stravinsky, George Szell, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Eugene Ormandy, Eric Leinsdorf, James Levine and Max Rudolf. Her very extensive performance experience includes solo appearances on the NBC Dave Garroway Today Show, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, with Duke Ellington and with Dave Brubeck on the Johnny Carson NBC Tonight Show, on the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra European tour and at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Soon after joining the Cincinnati Symphony, she was engaged to record sound tracks for James Brown, whose career was launched by the historic King Records in Cincinnati. 

                                                    Since retiring from the orchestra, she has remained active as a performer, teacher and clinician. She served as Visiting Principal, Associate Principal and Second Trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, including their European tour, Carnegie Hall concerts and recordings. She toured with DIVA (the women’s jazz band) and the Florida Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic. She performed with the Monarch Brass Quintet and Monarch Brass Ensemble, which she also conducted at the 1997 and 2014 International Women’s Brass Conferences, and at the 2015 ITG Conference. She recorded for the Star Trek TV Series: Voyager and Deep Space Nine, at Paramount and 20th Century Fox studios. In 1999, she was one of six Americans (and the only woman among the Americans) to be invited by the Tokyo International Music Festival to perform in its first Super World Orchestra. 

                                                    Ms. Speziale has been an active participant in numerous conferences and leader of master classes in Europe, Japan and throughout the United States. She was a featured guest artist at the 1993, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2010 and 2014 International Women’s Brass Conferences and the 1998, 1999, 2001, 2014 and 2015 International Trumpet Guild Conferences. She has served as artist faculty at the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Summit Brass Mendez Institute, performing with Summit Brass, coaching ensembles, presenting master classes and conducting brass orchestral repertoire reading sessions. She has adjudicated the Fischoff National Chamber Music, the International Women’s Brass Conference, International Trumpet Guild, Interlochen Concerto and National Trumpet Competitions. 

                                                    From 1979 to 2002 she was Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and was Professor of Music at Indiana University from 1999 to 2002. In 2001, she was appointed Professor of Trumpet and Brass Department Chair at the prestigious Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. While at Rice, she conducted the Rice Brass Choir, performed regularly with the Houston Grand Opera and frequently with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet Orchestra and Houston Pops. 

                                                    In addition to serving as President of the International Women’s Brass Conference, she served on its Board of Directors, and hosted their 2000 conference at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Northern Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and on the editorial committee of the American Music Teacher, the official journal of the Music Teachers National Association. A member of the American Federation of Musicians, Ms. Speziale served as Secretary and on the Board of Directors of Local #1 in Cincinnati, OH. She is a member of the International Conference of Opera and Symphony Musicians, International Trumpet Guild, Pi Kappa Lambda and Cincinnati MacDowell Society. As a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, she has held the offices of Province President and Director of Instrumental Activities. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. 

                                                    Ms. Speziale has won many awards and honors, including Leading Women in the Arts Award from the Greater Cincinnati Coalition of Women’s Organizations, the Outstanding Woman of the Year in Music Award from the Tampa Tribune, the Sigma Alpha Iota Chapter, Province and National 

                                                    Leadership Awards, the Pioneer Award from the International Women's Brass Conference, the Golden Rose Award from the Women Band Director International, the Woman of Excellence Award from the Italian Club of Tampa, the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Cincinnati, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the College-Conservatory of Music. In April of 2018, she was inducted into the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame as part of their recognition of the Symphony Jazz Quintet, of which she was a founding member. 

                                                    She has been a brass coach at the New World Symphony, serving on the audition adversity training panel and conducting their brass ensemble in concert. She served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music’s Opera Theatre and Music Festival both in Lucca, Italy and Spoleto, Italy, where she conducted the brass choir, taught brass orchestral repertoire classes and served as brass chamber music coach. She has coached and conducted the brass sections of Washington, DC’s premiere bands .... the US Air Force Band, US Air Force Ceremonial Brass and the US Army Field Band. A member of the faculty at the Round Top Festival Institute since 2011, she conducts their Brass Ensemble every summer. 

                                                    From 2014-2016, Ms. Speziale supervised the graduate brass chamber music program at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. In 2016, she was invited by the Midwest Board of Directors to present a master class at their 70th Anniversary Conference. In 2017, she travelled to Uruguay to conduct the Banda Sinfonica de Montevideo in concerts commemorating Women’s History Month. In 2017, Ms. Speziale served as Visiting Professor of Trumpet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and in 2018 at the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2018 she was presented with the prestigious Honorary Award from the International Trumpet Guild. In 2019, Ms. Speziale was one of 100 women recognized by Cincinnati Arts Wave in their Celebration of Women in the Arts: Power of Her. Ms. Speziale’s biography will be included in Dr. Daniel Thrower’s new book, The 100 Most Influential Trumpeters. 


                                                    Sharon Huff

                                                    Sharon Huff

                                                    Emeritus Board Member

                                                    Sharon Huff has been the Music Director of the Brass Band of Central Illinois since 2007. Dr. Huff earned her BME summa cum laude from Illinois State University, and an MM and DMA from the University of Illinois. She has recently retired from the faculty at Millikin University, where she conducted the Millikin University Concert Band, supervised student teachers, taught Applied Tuba/Euphonium and Brass Methods, and coached the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. Before coming to Millikin, Dr. Huff taught at Illinois State University and St. Norbert College near Green Bay, Wisconsin. She has also taught a variety of humanities, music literature, and music education courses. From 2013-2016, Dr. Huff served as the Director of Music Ministry at the First Baptist Church of Bloomington, IL.

                                                    As a clinician, conductor, adjudicator, and soloist, Dr. Huff has performed and conducted across the Midwestern and Eastern U.S., as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, and Austria. Dr. Huff served as the Conferences Coordinator for the International Tuba/Euphonium Association from 1994-2002; and, in that capacity, she helped plan International Tuba/Euphonium Conferences in Evanston, IL; Riva del Garda, Italy; Minneapolis, MN; Regina, Canada; Lahti, Finland; and Greensboro, NC. Dr. Huff is a Willson/DEG euphonium artist, and with the quartet Junction, she performed on tours through Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Austria; as well as at the 2001 ITEC in Lahti, Finland, the 2002 Mid-Europe Festival in Schladming, Austria, and the 2003 IWBC in Normal, IL. In addition, she has been a performer and soloist with the University of Illinois Brass Band, a soloist with the Athena Brass Band, and guest conductor and performer with the Monarch Brass Ensemble and guest conductor of the Michigan Monarch Brass.

                                                    Elected as President of the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) in 2001, Dr. Huff was Co-Host of the 2003 and 2006 conferences, which were held at Illinois State University. She currently serves as a Past President and Treasurer/Bookkeeper of the IWBC.

                                                    HONORARY MEMBERS

                                                    Clora Bryant

                                                    Clora Bryant

                                                    Clora Bryant was a trailing blazing American jazz trumpeter. During her lifetime, she was a member of the all-female jazz band ‘International Sweetheart’s of Rhythm,’ and the black female jazz band, ‘Queens of Swing’ (as a drummer). She performed with many distinguished jazz musicians to include Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Billy Williams, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie.  In 1957, she recorded her only feature album, Gal with a Horn. Ms. Bryant was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award in 2002 from the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Awards presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  She lived from 1927 to 2019.   


                                                    Barbara Butler

                                                    Barbara Butler

                                                    Barbara Butler is currently Professor of Trumpet and Director of the Artist Diploma program at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.  Previously, she held teaching positions at Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music. As a performer, she has been co-principal trumpet of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, principal trumpet of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, and acting associate/assistant principal trumpet of the Houston and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras. Currently, she is soloist and co-principal of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and performs every summer at the Grand Teton Music Festival.  A proud and devoted teacher since 1980, Ms. Butler’s students fill many of the top performing musical organizations and universities.  


                                                    JoAnn Falletta

                                                    JoAnn Falletta

                                                    JoAnn Falletta is a Grammy Award winning conductor who currently serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center and Artistic Advisor of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. In her role with the Buffalo Philharmonic, she has the distinction of being the first woman to lead a major American music ensemble.  With a discography of over 115 recordings, Ms. Falletta is a leading recording artist for the Naxos label, conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic, London Symphony and Virginia Symphony on many of these recordings.  She is an advocate for American composers, introducing over 500 works and well over 100 world premieres to audiences around the world.  Ms. Falletta is a member of the ‘American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ and served on the ‘National Council on the Arts’ during the Bush and Obama presidential administrations. 


                                                    Langston Fitzgerald, III

                                                    Langston Fitzgerald, III

                                                    Langston Fitzgerald, III is currently Professor of Trumpet at Penn State University. During his career, he has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and served as assistant principal trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.  He performed as principal trumpet for the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, and currently serves as principal trumpet and musical contractor for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Orchestra.  Prior to his position at Penn State University, Mr. Fitzgerald taught at several schools including the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Howard University, Morgan State University, The Duke Ellington High School for the Performing Arts, Towson State University and Western Maryland College.  In 2013, he was awarded the ‘John F. Kennedy Center Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award.’  Mr. Fitzgerald is a founding member of the International Women’s Brass Conference. 


                                                    Fred Irby III

                                                    Fred Irby, III

                                                    Fred Irby, III has been Professor of Music at Howard University since 1974, currently serving as Coordinator of Instrumental Music, trumpet instructor and Director of the internationally acclaimed Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE).  He also performs as a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Musical Theater Orchestra. During his career, Mr. Irby has performed with the ensembles that have supported the televised programs ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘Primetime Emmy Awards,’ the ‘Academy Awards Gala (Oscars),’ and the ‘Kennedy Center Honors Gala.’ In 2008, he was selected to receive the “Achievement Award in Jazz Education” from Downbeat magazine and was inducted into the ‘Alumni Hall of Fame’ at his alma mater, Grambling State University. As Director of HUJE, the ensemble has been invited to represent the United States as musical ambassadors and for charitable causes all over the world. 


                                                    Julie Landsman

                                                    Julie Landsman

                                                    Julie Landsman held the position of principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1985 to 2010.  She was the first woman to successfully win a position with the brass section of this orchestra.  Additionally, she has performed with several other prominent ensembles to include the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School of Music and the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California. Ms. Landsman has given master classes at schools and music festivals throughout the world and is considered an authority on the Carmine Caruso teaching method. Many of her former students occupy prominent positions in many of the top musical ensembles in the world.  Ms. Landman received the ‘Pioneer Award’ from the International Women’s Brass Conference at the 2012 IWBC Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  


                                                    Eugene Pokorny 

                                                    Eugene Pokorny

                                                    Eugene Pokorny has been the principal tuba player of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1989.  He has held the same position with the Israel Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Pokorny is also an active educator and soloist, teaching at music festivals and performing many solo recitals worldwide.  He currently lectures and teaches at Roosevelt University and Northwestern University and is the founder of the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar.   A native of California, he received an ‘Outstanding Alumnus Award’ from the University of Southern California, and an honorary doctoral degree from the University of the Redlands.  He can be heard on many motion picture soundtracks to include Jurassic Park and The Fugitive. 


                                                    Gerald Schwarz 

                                                    Gerard Schwarz

                                                    Gerard Schwarz currently serves as Music Director of the All-Star Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, Palm Beach Symphony and Mozart Orchestra of New York. He is the Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony and Conductor Emeritus of the Mostly Mozart Festival.  In addition, Mr. Schwarz serves as a Distinguished Professor of Music of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Frost School of Music of the University of Miami.   He began his career as a professional trumpeter performing as a member of the American Brass Quintet (1965 to 1973) and as co-principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (1972 to 1975).  His recordings during his years as a performer are highly regarded in the musical community.  Throughout his distinguished career as a respected classical musician and conductor, Mr. Schwarz has received hundreds of honors and accolades to include Emmy Awards, Grammy nominations, ASCAP awards and the Ditson Conductor’s Award.   

                                                    Leonard Slatkin 

                                                    Leonard Slatkin

                                                    Leonard Slatkin is the Music Director laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Directeur Musical Honoraire of the Orchestre National de Lyon.  He maintains a regular guest conducting schedule throughout the world and is active as a composer, author, and educator.  Mr. Slatkin has received six Grammy awards and 34 nominations; is the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts; and holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor.  He has conducted virtually all the leading orchestras of the world and has held the Music Director posts of the New Orleans, St. Louis, and National Symphony Orchestras.  In addition, Mr. Slatkin has served as principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Minnesota Orchestra. 


                                                    Gail Williams

                                                    Gail Williams

                                                    Gail Williams, considered one of the premier hornists in the world today has presented concerts, master classes, recitals, and lectures throughout North America, Europe, and Asia during her prominent career.  Ms. Williams joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1978, and was appointed associate principal horn in 1984, a position she held until her retirement from the orchestra in 1998.  She currently serves on the faculty of the Bienen School of Music of Northwestern University and performs as principal horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival. Ms. Williams’ extensive career has also made her a proponent of chamber music (including being an original member of Summit Brass), commissioning new music, and performing contemporary solo works for horn.  In 2005, she received the Charles Deering McCormick Teaching Professorship from Northwestern University, and the Pioneer Award from the International Women’s Brass Conference at the 2019 IWBC Conference in Tempe, Arizona.