Joanna Estelle

Joanna Estelle
18 Overholt Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2N 1K6



Joanna Estelle is a Canadian composer, lyricist, and arranger who has won the critical acclaim of audiences from Parliament Hill, Ottawa to London, England and Barcelona, Spain. She studied classical piano and basic theory with the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) as a young person, but was not encouraged by her family to pursue music as a career. She graduated in Psychology and English, then went on to study management accounting. However, her enthusiasm for music never waned.

While building a successful career in Canada’s federal public service, Joanna channelled her creative energies into composing songs and pursued private studies in modern piano, advanced theory and arranging. In April 2009, she completed an undergraduate degree in music after eight years as a part-time special student at University of Ottawa, graduating summa cum laude on the Dean’s list as winner of the Faculty of Arts silver medal.

Joanna then left the public service to begin full time graduate studies in composition at York University, Toronto (September 2009), successfully completing the MA Music Program in April 2011. Since then, she has pursued private studies in advanced composition with Larysa Kuzmenko at University of Toronto to prepare for future doctoral studies, while working on commissioned pieces.

Among Joanna’s many accomplishments, her work has been arranged and orchestrated for artists and choirs in Canada, the United States, and Europe, as well as broadcast on CBC. Her popular Christmas carol Child of the Manger was included in a recording by Cantata Singers of Ottawa Songs of Inspiration: A Feast of Canadian Choral Music. Two of her choral compositions have been premiered at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa as part of the UNISONG festival on Canada Day (2004 and 2009). Her music has often been included in recitals by the Dominion Carillonneur which originate from the Peace Tower, Parliament Hill, Ottawa.

Joanna’s many affiliations include: SOCAN/ASCAP, Chorus America, Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC), Choirs Ontario, Scriabin Society of America; National Board of Directors for Association of Canadian Women Composers (2004-present), Founding Board of Ottawa New Music Creators (2007).

Her personal mission includes: promoting Canadian women composers and their works through effective partnerships: to this end, she 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 is also committed to exploring the relationship between spirituality and creativity, particularly with respect to music.

Choral compositions:

The Water Canticle, 2002, SATB with piano accompaniment (5:00). Inspirational song. Score and CD Choral Showcase: Joanna Estelle Music

I Am My Home, 2002, SATB a cappella (5:00). Inspirational song. Score and CD Choral Showcase: Joanna Estelle Music

Child of the Manger, 2004, SATB a cappella (4:00). Christmas carol. Publisher: Cypress Choral Music CD Songs of Inspiration: A Feast of Canadian Choral Music, Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Laurence Ewashko, cond. Cantata Singers of Ottawa

Cantata Singers of Ottawa
CSO Productions for 2014-2015 IN PACE: Sunday 02 November 2014 Springtime Romance: Sunday 01 March 2015 From Darkness to Light: Sunday 03 May 2015

Canada Forever Free, 2004, SSATB (or SSA) with piano accompaniment (4:00). Patriotic anthem in English and French. Alternate version in English, French and Ukrainian. Score: Joanna Estelle Music

La chanson de ton coeur, 2009, SATB a cappella (4:00). Inspirational song in French. Score: Joanna Estelle Music

Song for Abwoon: A Mystical Song to the Creator of the Universe, 2011, mezzo soloist with SATB and chamber ensemble (11:00). Cantata in English and Aramaic. Score and CD: Joanna Estelle Music

Oda do Kanady (Ode to Canada), 2014, SATB a cappella (4:30). Patriotic song in Ukrainian. Score: Joanna Estelle Music