Joanna Fairs-Wu

Joanna completed her under-graduate studies at the University of Adelaide with Ronald Woodcock and her post- graduate studies at the University of Tasmania with Jan Sedivka.  Her professional experience includes being a permanent member of the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra (1983-1991) and freelance player with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chorale Orchestra, Australian and Queensland Pops Orchestras and the South Australian Opera Orchestra. Joanna is highly regarded among her peers as a violin/viola teacher and ensemble conductor.

Joanna has benefited from working with many of Australia’s leading string players and pedagogues including John Curro, Stephen Chin, Loretta Fin, Goetz Richter, Michelle Walsh, Tor Fromyhr, Finton Murphy and Susan Collins.

Joanna took up the position Head of Strings at the New England Conservatorium of Music in January 2015. She has had great success with Year 12 HSC students receiving Encore nominations and acceptance into tertiary institutions for performance degrees. Since moving to Armidale Joanna has been an active chamber musician joining forces with her NECOM colleagues and the wider community of string players in many performances. She appears regularly as concert master of the Armidale Symphony Orchestra and the Errol Russell Sinfonia of New England.  She has been a member of the Mimosa Orchestra for Opera in the Paddock productions.  Joanna conducts the Armidale Youth String Orchestra, Armidale Youth Orchestra Sinfonia and Con Brio (an adult community string ensemble) as well as various other school ensembles.