Joanna was born in Scotland in 1987. Her compositions are published by Universal Edition, and have been performed amongst a variety of ensembles including the BBC Singer's, London Symphony Chorus and LSO Brass/Percussion. During her time at Aberdeen University Joanna studied Composition under Paul Mealor. She then moved to London where she received her Masters in Composition.
Joanna's music has been performed in many venues across the UK including: The Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Hampton Court Palace, St. Martin in the Fields, St Peter's Eaton Square, and Canterbury Cathedral.
Joanna was awarded the Cappella Nova Competition Prize writing a piece to mark 100 years since the Woman's Suffragette. Adjudicated by James Macmillan, 'Immortal Peace' premiered at Stirling castle followed by multiple performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In March 2020 Joanna had her first choral piece 'Unfailing Love' broadcast on BBC Radio 3 for International Women's Day. Her current projects were due to premiere in America this year, but she looks forward to hearing these one day. In the meantime she is working closely with the Holy Trinity Brompton Chamber Choir at her local church creating virtual choir recordings for weekly online services.
Her Inspiration for music is summed up by a quote from Bernstein when he said:"There is no aspect of music which doesn't intrigue me and claim me 100%, whether it's performing it or talking about it or writing it." (Bernstein)