Composer, lyricist and arranger Joanna Estelle worked fulltime for the federal government in Ottawa for several years while pursuing studies in music, graduating from University of Ottawa on the Dean’s list as silver medalist in the Faculty of Arts (2009). She then completed her MA (Music) degree at York University (2011).
Joanna’s music for solo voice, vocal ensemble, piano and carillon has been recorded and performed in Canadian, American and European venues, beginning with a 1996 recital at Canada House, London (England). In 2001 her composition Faraway Star was featured at the VIII Festival Internacional de Carillo de Barcelona and played by successive Dominion Carillonneurs on the Peace Tower, Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Her choral pieces, Canada Forever Free and La Chanson de ton Coeur, premiered at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa by the UNISONG Massed Choir as part of Canada Day celebrations (2004, 2009).
Joanna is studying composition with Larysa Kuzmenko at University of Toronto to prepare for future doctoral studies. A new member of the Canadian League of Composers and recent addition to the Heliconian Club, Joanna is also active in the Association of Canadian Women Composers and hopes to strengthen ties between these organizations by co-sponsoring concerts of music written by Canadian women.