Publications

Joanna Hersey

One of my favorite areas of research is women in American music, from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Our knowledge of women as soloists, ensemble members, and chamber musicians on the vaudeville stage, the parade field, and the concert hall is limited. It is a challenge to uncover lost information about the world of low brass, and how this gives life to the history of American music.

“An Attraction of Unusual Merit,” Women’s Bands on the Vaudeville Stage.”  Chapter in A History of Women’s’ Bands in America: Performing Music and Gender in Society, edited by Jill Sullivan. Rowan & Littlefield, Landham, MD. 2015. UPCOMING THIS FALL!

“Ten Tips for Tip Top Tuba Mamas: Pregnancy in a Low Brass Performance Career,” The International Tuba and Euphonium Journal, Volume 41, No. 3, Winter 2014, 35-36.

“The Athena Brass Band.” Noteworthy: Official Newsletter of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Summer 2014, Volume 21, No. 1, p. 9.

“Bringing History to Light: New IWBC Awards for 2014.” Noteworthy: Official Newsletter of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Summer 2014, Volume 21, No. 1, p. 10-11.

“East Meets West” Orchestral Program Showcases the Work of Women.” Noteworthy: Official Newsletter of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Winter 2013, Volume. 20, No. 2, p. 4.

“IWBC 2012: Honoring Pioneers in Brass Performance.” Noteworthy: Official Newsletter of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Winter 2012, Volume 18, No. 2, p. 9.

Sullivan, Jill. Bands of Sisters: U.S. Women’s Military Bands During World War II.  American Wind Band Society, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, MD. 2011.  This new book features a chapter which I contributed on the USCG SPAR Band of World War II.

Book Review: “New Book Release Catalogs History of Women’s Military Bands.” Noteworthy: Official Newsletter of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Winter 2011, Volume 17, No. 2, p. 10.

“A Musician as well, The Tuba and Euphonium Schulen of Robert Kietzer,” The International Tuba and Euphonium Journal, Volume 39, No. 1, Fall 2011, 69-77.  Finalist, International Tuba and Euphonium Association Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research, 2011.

Article Review: “Women of U.S. Coast Guard SPAR Band Remembered.” Official Newsletter of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Summer 2009, Volume 15, No. 1, p. 10.

“A History of the United States Coast Guard SPAR Band,” The Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, with Jill Sullivan, co-author. Vol. XXX, No. 2. April 2009, 118-146.

“Higher Aspirations for Low Brass,” The North Carolina Music Educator’s Journal, Volume 95, Number 2, Winter 2009, 26.

“The Entertainment Value of Novelty: Women Brass Performers on the Vaudeville Stage,” The Historic Brass Society Journal, Vol. 20. 2008, 155-173.

Thanks to Dave Werden for posting this article on his website: http://www.dwerden.com/forum/content.php/142-Women-Brass-Musicians-on-the-Vaudeville-Stage#.VUzFB6aCjIo