Dr Joanna Drimatis

Casual Lecturer in Musicology

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Joanna Drimatis has a Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin a, Bachelor of Music Education with Honours (UWA) and a Graduate Diploma in Violin Performance(Canberra School of Music). She has participated in orchestral conducting masterclasses in New Zealand and the USA studying with conductors, including Matthias Bamert, Murry Sidlin, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Timothy Muffitt and David Effron.

Previously, Joanna has held positions as music director of the University Orchestra at UT Austin, music director of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and conductor for the Adelaide Youth Orchestra Association. She has initiated collaborations, commissions and premieres, and many of her performances have been broadcast on NZ Concert FM and local radio stations in Adelaide. In 2008 Joanna’s orchestra, the Adelaide Youth Sinfonia, was the feature of an ABC Classic FM documentary ‘From Pen to Performance’, documenting the rehearsal preparation and performance of an Australia Council-funded new work by Australian composer John Polglase. Joanna has also been guest conductor in New Zealand for the Christchurch Symphony, Nelson Symphony, University of Canterbury Chamber Orchestra and St Matthews Chamber Orchestra and in Australia for the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Burnside Symphony Orchestra, SBS Youth Orchestra, the Australian Doctors’ Orchestra, the Woollahra Philharmonic, Mosman Symphony Orchestra and is now Music Director/Chief Conductor of the Beecroft Symphony Orchestra.

Joanna is active as a performer and has played professionally as a violinist/violist in orchestras and festivals in the USA, Germany and Australasia. As an educator she has taught violin for the Education Department of Western Australia’s School of Instrumental Studies, the Canberra School of Music Preparatory Program, University of Texas String Project, Christchurch School of Music and the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

In 2009, Joanna earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology from the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Her PhD thesis is titled, ‘A Hidden Treasure: Symphony No.1 by Robert Hughes’ and was awarded the University of Adelaide’s Inaugural Doctoral Research Medal. A major part of the dissertation was the editing of Robert Hughes’ Symphony No.1, which is published by All Music Publishing and Distribution. In 2012 Joanna conducted a broadcast recording of this new edition with the Sydney Youth Orchestra for ABC Classic FM. This event was the subject for an ABC Classic FM ‘Music Makers’ documentary. In 2011/12 Joanna received a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship which has allowed her to undertake further research on Robert Hughes for a book manuscript and edit works for chamber orchestra.

Recent projects include Co-Convening/Curating the Raymond Hanson Symposium (2013) and the editing of Raymond Hanson’s ‘Immortal Touch- Part 2’, which was performed by the Sydney Conservatorium Choir and Orchestra in 2014.

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Drimatis, J. (2015). Rare Gems: Robert Hughes on the Road to a Symphony. Context: Journal of Music Research, 40, 35-48.
  • Drimatis, J. (2011). Editing Symphony No. 1 by Robert Hughes: Problems to Solve. The Journal of Music Research Online, 2 (2011), 1-22.

Conferences

  • Drimatis, J. (2013). Something old is now new again: Why haven't we heard Robert Hughes's Symphony No. 1? Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference 2011, Sydney, Australia: Australian Music Centre.

Other Works

  • Drimatis, J. (2014). Raymond Hanson's Immortal Touch Part 2, (pp. 1 - 69). Sydney, Australia: Self Published..

Recorded / Rendered Performance

  • Drimatis, J. (2012). Symphony No. 1. On Symphony No. 1 by Robert Hughes, Radio Broadcast, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM.

2015

  • Drimatis, J. (2015). Rare Gems: Robert Hughes on the Road to a Symphony. Context: Journal of Music Research, 40, 35-48.

2014

  • Drimatis, J. (2014). Raymond Hanson's Immortal Touch Part 2, (pp. 1 - 69). Sydney, Australia: Self Published..

2013

  • Drimatis, J. (2013). Something old is now new again: Why haven't we heard Robert Hughes's Symphony No. 1? Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference 2011, Sydney, Australia: Australian Music Centre.

2012

  • Drimatis, J. (2012). Symphony No. 1. On Symphony No. 1 by Robert Hughes, Radio Broadcast, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM.

2011

  • Drimatis, J. (2011). Editing Symphony No. 1 by Robert Hughes: Problems to Solve. The Journal of Music Research Online, 2 (2011), 1-22.

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