Joanna Hersey - President

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

  • Email - 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.

    • Email - Raquel Rodriguez Samayoa - Newsletter Co-Editor

    Raquel Rodriquez Samayoa is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Texas. Prior to joining the faculty at UNT, Dr. Samayoa taught at Tennessee Tech University and Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Samayoa maintains a versatile career as a performing artist, clinician, educator, and scholar. An avid chamber musician, Raquel is a member of Seraph Brass and the Lantana Trio, a brass trio comprised of UNT Brass Faculty. Raquel has served as an adjudicator at the National Trumpet Competition and International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Conference. Raquel is on the ITG Board of Directors and will serve as a co-host for the 2021 IWBC at the University of North Texas. Dr. Samayoa is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer and Denis Wick Companies


    Additional Contacts 
    Lauren Rudzinskas, General Manager 
    Joanna Hersey, Membership
    Kelly Watkins, Social Media
    Lynn Mostoller, Treasurer
    Susan Rider, Web Content
    Lana Lee, Webmaster

    Conference Contacts
    Lauren Rudzinskas, Conference Information


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