Performing Artist and Educational Leader

Tubist Joanna Ross Hersey (she/her) is a performing artist, composer, and United States Coast Guard veteran with twenty years’ experience as a leader in higher education, serving as Associate Dean of Student Success and Professor of Music for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.


“[Hersey’s] playing was quite wonderful…like the compelling exhibition of an unusual and endangered bird.”
– Austin Statesman Newspaper


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UNCP Music Professor Honored with International Composition Award

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Dr. Joanna Hersey, professor of music and associate dean of Student Success and Curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC Pembroke, was honored at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference held May 29-June 3 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

The International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary with a week of concerts, student competitions, masterclasses and historical presentations. Participants gathered from across the world, joined by local educators, students, community members and a variety of exhibitors showcasing instrument design and new music.

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“As a composer, the vastness and diversity of your albums O quam mirabilis and Zigzags have expanded my idea of how the tuba can sound and what can be written for tuba. Your work has encouraged me to write what I hear for tuba and to place no limits on the musicality the tuba can achieve.”
– Charles J. Lumar II



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Hersey Artist Model Tuba Mouthpiece from Parker Mouthpieces.

Parker Mouthpieces are made in three interchangeable components: rim, cup and backbore.  My Hersey cup will work with Hersey, Hitz, Helleberg/ Hall, Freelancer, Symphony, and Grand Parker backbores.


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