Tuba, Euphonium

Performing Artist and Educational Leader

Tuba, Euphonium

Performing Artist and Educational Leader

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


New Music for a Digital Journal Release

I am so pleased to share BRAVERY 6, which is the UNC Pembroke College of Arts and Sciences annual digital journal, highlighting the scholarship of faculty across the college. This year we present our sixth volume, dedicated to the theme of multiculturalism, found at the link below. I was honored to have served as Design Editor for the project, and in addition to producing the short video introductions you will see before each article, I composed the music for them as well. 

I hope you enjoy this 2022 edition, please share it, and let me know what you would like to see highlighted in future issues. In this issue you will read about the complexities of race and class in volunteering, gender bias in hiring, environmental activism of women in South America, a unique view of an American woman working in early twentieth-century China, and the story of El Salvadorian women and children in wartime, contributed in Spanish with translation provided.

Dr. Joanna Hersey Appointed New Associate Dean in College of Arts and Sciences

After an open search and much consideration, we are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey to fill our newly created position of Associate Dean of Student Success and Curriculum. The position will allow the college to better serve students and faculty, to promote innovation, and to provide much needed logistical support in the college’s office.  The process of this search reaffirmed my belief that there are incredibly talented and devoted faculty in CAS.

Dr. Hersey joined the university in 2007 and was promoted to professor in 2019. Previously she had served in the United States Coast Guard, where she honed her administrative, assessment, and logistical skills.  A veteran of the Gulf War, Dr. Hersey provided support to troops and military leadership, receiving numerous team commendations while performing for three U.S. Presidents, numerous heads of state and visiting dignitaries. She has proven campus administrative knowledge having served on and chaired university committees, including the subcommittee on General Education, Enrollment Management, and the Student Grievance Panel. She brings leadership skills and experience overseeing six-figure budgets through her service in the non-profit sector, as President of the International Women’s Brass Conference and Secretary of the Historic Brass Society. Her marketing skills and online presence have driven strong growth in audience engagement for these organizations, interacting with tens of thousands of followers across social media platforms. Her vibrant energy, championing of students, and infectious can-do attitude will help keep the college moving forward.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Associate Dean Hersey to the CAS administrative office. She will begin her new duties January 4th, and her office will be room 211 in the Oxendine Administrative Building.

Dean Richard Gay, College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

“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.