Choral Director – Joanna Brooke
Joanna Brooke is a vibrant singer and choral conductor based in Sydney. Since 2015, Joanna has been the Artistic Director of the Jubilate Singers, leading the group to perform at the Blackheath Choir Festival, the Belvoir Theatre and ABC Radio’s ‘Sing Out Sydney’. Joanna works regularly with multiple choirs, including Sydney Children’s Choirs, Forest Lodge Public School and the Hannaford Singing Group. In 2020, Joanna is the proud recipient of River City Voices’ Assistant Conductor Scholarship.
Joanna’s highlights as a singer include performing as the soprano soloist in three productions of Vivaldi’s Gloria in D in 2018 in Sydney and Tasmania. In 2020, Joanna looks forward to performing as a soloist in Bach’s St. John’s Passion with the Orpheus Choir and Mozart’s Requiem in D with the St. Matthew’s Singers.
As an educator, Joanna sings and composes for a children’s music band, Avocado Smash. The group have recently won the San Diego Fringe Tour Ready Award 2019, the Inner West Council EDGE Development Award 2019 and were nominees for the Sydney Fringe Festival NIDA Emerging Artist and Fringe Kids Awards in 2019.
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.