Composer, Lyricist, Arranger
“Quality music uplifts humankind.”
After leaving the public service, Joanna completed the MA Music Programme at York University, Toronto (2009-2011), benefitting from the tutelage of choral conductor Dr. Lisette Canton and renowned pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, as well as composer Larysa Kuzmenko (University of Toronto). She became a Melodious Accord Fellow of the American choral composer Alice Parker and completed Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz’s Abwoon Interspiritual Leadership Program. From 2016 to 2018, Joanna was a doctoral candidate in composition through the University of Sheffield (UK): her research focused on exploring the relationship between spirituality, science, and creativity. After two years of study, she left the program to focus her efforts on composing with excellent results. In 2018, PARMA Recordings (Boston) released her first international CD EMERGENCE to widespread praise. In 2020, Trio Casals performed her piece Faraway Star at Carnegie Hall, having also included it in their CD MOTO CELESTE. Trio Casals has also recorded Bobby’s Song for their award-winning 2021 CD MOTO FINALE and will perform this piece at Carnegie Hall in May 2023.
Among Joanna’s many other accomplishments, her work has been arranged and orchestrated for performance and recording by artists and choirs in Canada, the United States, and Europe, as well as broadcast on CBC. Her choral compositions have been premiered at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa as part of the UNISONG festival on Canada Day (2004 and 2009). Her music is often included in recitals by the Dominion Carillonneur from the Peace Tower, Parliament Hill, Ottawa and her choral works are published by Cypress Choral Music (Vancouver). Joanna served on the board of the Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC) for many years to help promote the work of Canadian women composers. She also established the Joanna Estelle Commemorative Scholarship Fund as a bequest to the University of Ottawa to encourage other women to find their musical voices.
Joanna Estelle is currently producing her next PARMA CD of new music TRANSMUTATION which will feature recordings by Trio Casals, cellist Ovidiu Marinescu with the London (UK) Symphony, as well as the Ewashko Singers directed by their founder, Laurence Ewashko. The release is planned for 2023.