Johanne Heraty


Johanne Heraty began playing piano at the age of four in her hometown of Westport, Co. Mayo. This interest in music led her to Dublin at the age of nineteen. In 1999, Johanne attended UCD to study music and in 2003 and 2004 graduated with a B. Arts and B. Music respectively. In 2006 she completed a Masters in Musicology at UCD. Currently, Johanne is a PhD candidate at UCD, under the supervision of Dr Wolfgang Marx, studying the microtonal music of the American composer Ezra Sims. During September to December 2009, Johanne was a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, where she conducted interviews with Ezra Sims in Boston. Johanne is editor of a collection of writings by Ezra Sims, which will be published through FrogPeak Music in New Hampshire.

Since 2004, Johanne has been a tutor in the School of Music in UCD. She has also lectured in Computer Music Notation and taught Keyboard Harmony Skills, Tonality III, and has been an examiner in Keyboard Harmony at UCD. Between 2007 and 2008, Johanne was co-editor of the Musicology Review, a graduate yearbook published in association with UCD School of Music. She has also had articles published in the yearbook on Schubert’s Winterreise and Ruth Crawford Seeger.

Johanne is also a composer studying with Kevin O’ Connell, Gráinne Mulvey, Nicola LeFanu and Michael Finnissey. Her works have been performed in the National Concert Hall, the New Theatre, the Goethe Institute, and the Jack Lyons Concert Hall in York and SARC in Belfast. Her music has also been performed at the CMC Salon Series, The Northside Music Festival, Ergodos Festival and the Béal Festival.

For the past three years, she had been playing samba (Brazilian music) with the Dublin-based group Morro 16 who play in the Rio style batucada. During the summer of 2013, Johanne has been studying and performing in numerous samba groups in the UK, including London School of Samba, Paraiso, Toque Tambor and Arco Iris. As part of the Notting Hill Carnival 2013 she will be a visiting performer with the London School of Samba. Over the past year Johanne has also been studying the music of maracatu (Afro-Brazilian music) and performing with the Irish group Maracatu Ilha Brilhante.