Joanna Fairs-Wu completed her tertiary studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and the University of Tasmania, under the tutelage of Ronald Woodcock and Jan Sedivka. She has had extensive experience as an orchestral player including eight years as a permanent member with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra. She has freelanced with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, South Australian Opera Orchestra, and both the Australian and Queensland Pops Orchestras. Joanna is a highly regarded violin teacher and ensemble conductor providing excellence in teaching for young developing musicians.  She has worked in government and private schools including permanent positions at Sophia Mundi Steiner School, Melbourne and Cannon Hill Anglican College, Brisbane. In January 2015 Joanna relocated to Armidale to take up the position of Head of Strings at the New England Conservatorium of Music. Joanna also directs the Armidale Youth String Orchestra, Armidale Youth Sinfonia and an adult ensemble, Stringtheory. She is a member of Mimosa Orchestra for Opera North West and regularly performs in chamber music concerts with Ensemble ArCo and  NECOM staff in and around Armidale.