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 - Sandy Coffin - Newsletter Co-Editor

    Sandy Coffin, trumpet, has performed throughout the US and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.  She has presented recitals in 23 states, Spain, Italy, Austria, and Russia. She has premiered several works written for her, including Red Sky by Peri Mauer, A Cycle of Songs by Susan Kander, and Captivity by Lori Laitman. Sandy is a founding member of Prometheus Brass, a member of Gramercy Brass Orchestra, and an active freelancer in the Greater New York area. She also serves as Director of the British-style Brass Band at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School in New York City, and is currently working with the Scottish Brass Band Association on future collaborations. Sandy is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Music for Summer Evenings chamber music series at the landmark Grace Memorial Chapel on Lake George. Sandy has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Watson Scholarship, an Aeiolian Fellowship from Oberlin College, and the John Clark Award for Excellence in Brass Performance from Manhattan School of Music. She earned a BA in Latin and a BMus in Trumpet Performance from Oberlin College / Conservatory and an MM from the Manhattan School of Music.

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

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