Choral Director – Joanna Brooke
Joanna Brooke is a singer and music educator from Sydney. As the Artistic Director of the Jubilate Singers for the last three years, Joanna has led the choir to perform across NSW and interstate, including at Blackheath Choir Festival, the Belvoir Theatre, Sing Out Sydney and a tour to Tasmania.
Alongside Jubilate, Joanna has guest conducted a range of choirs across Sydney, including Sydney Children’s Choir’s Fairfield Choir, River City Voices and Aqualuna. As an educator, Joanna sings and composes for a children’s music group, Avocado Smash, which performs regularly in Sydney, including at the Riverside Theatres’ Spot On Festival in October 2018, Casula Powerhouse’s ASYIK Festival in February 2019 and a premiere tour to Bali, Indonesia.
As a classical singer, Joanna’s highlights include performing as the soprano soloist in three productions of Vivaldi’s Gloria in D in 2018 in Sydney and Tasmania, as well as featuring in a sextet in Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates at the Sydney Opera House in 2018 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Bizet’s Carmen chorus with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra in August 2019.
Joanna regularly performs as a soloist with Suara Indonesia Dance across Sydney, including at Bondi Festival of the Winds in 2018, Cabramatta Festival in 2018 and Global Table Festival in 2019. Joanna also teaches school workshops regularly with Suara; showcasing traditional song, dance and body percussion from the Indonesian archipelago.
Joanna holds a bachelor degree in social work with first class honours from the University of New South Wales.
Accompanist – Dr Philip Eames
PhD (USyd), MMus (RNCM), MMus (QCGU), BMus (Hons) (QCGU)
Hailing from Brisbane, Australian pianist and composer Philip Eames is based in Sydney, having completed a PhD on the choral polyphony of Percy Grainger in 2017 at the Sydney Conservatorium, where he is a sessional musicology lecturer. Additionally, Philip holds two Master of Music degrees with a scholarship from the Royal Northern College of Music and the Queensland Conservatorium where he was presented with the prize for the highest achieving piano student, also having been awarded the Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with First Class Honours.
Most notably, Philip was a category finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards, performing as soloist with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra. As a composer, Philip was announced the winner of the Tagore and ASKM Composition Competitions, and with commission and performance highlights including The Australian Voices, Queensland Ballet, Flinders Quartet and the Australian National Piano Award.
Philip has been involved with singing for over a decade, being a musical director and repetiteur in opera, musical theatre and choral circles both in Australia and overseas. He is the director of the a cappella choir Aqualuna and assistant conductor for the newly established River City Voices. He has appeared as musical director and repetiteur for a wide range of musical productions, including West Side Story, Les Misérables, and most recently Avenue Q.