Jo graduated, with first class honours, from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she studied piano with Julian Jacobson, piano accompaniment with Antony Saunders and singing with Eiddwen Harrhy. While at RWCMD she received several awards for musical and academic achievements including The Margaret Tann Williams Award for singing studies, The John Ireland Song Competition Accompanist's Award, The BA Year Prize (awarded for the highest mark at examination) and The Simon Clarkson Memorial Award for outstanding musicianship which she received for two consecutive years. Jo was also privileged to be invited to accompany the college's principal 'cellist in a private performance for HRH the Prince of Wales at the opening of the Anthony Hopkins Centre.
Jo now works in Bristol and South Wales as a freelance accompanist, musical director, and teacher.
In the world of Musical Theatre, shows she has directed include Cinderella, As Time Goes By, Disney Delights, The Emperors New Clothes, Chess, Puss in Boots, Humpty Dumpty (Anwen Little Theatre); Valley Of Song (St James' Operatic Society), A Little Night Music, The Baker's Wife, Crazy For Broadway (Cardiff Musical Theatre).
She is musical director of Bristol Male Voice Choir, accompanist and assistant conductor to the Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir, and for six years, Jo was accompanist to the internationally renowned Morriston Orpheus Choir. As a singer Jo has performed with the Welsh Chamber Singers and the Vivace Singers and has appeared on several BBC radio and television broadcasts with both ensembles.
Jo is a highly driven and experienced music educator and is currently on the music staff of Redmaids High School, Bristol and The Cathedral School in Llandaff, where she teaches piano.
Her passion, commitment and versatility as a musician have led her to perform in several countries including The United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, and France; in venues including Symphony Hall, St David’s Hall, The Millennium Stadium, Murrayfield Stadium and The Ballroom at Buckingham Palace; and she has accompanied a diverse range of artists including Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Shan Cothi, Hayley Westenra, Howard Jones, Rhydian Roberts and Goldie Lookin' Chain.