Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Jo Fairley

Senior Academic Coordinator

0113 343 2575

Room 2.19

Office hours: Friday 12.00-13.00


Jo will be Admissions Tutor from September 2016-18, and organises incoming and outgoing study abroad matters in the School. She’s also instrumental/vocal teaching and performance coordinator.


Jo Fairley started her university education at Wellesley College, Boston, Massachusetts. After a year abroad at Leeds, she  finished her undergraduate BA degree here, then stayed on to do a further (BMus) year. Following a brief spell restoring early keyboard instruments, she gained her ARCM diploma, and freelanced as an accompanist and teacher for many years (though these days, her keyboard time is spent at the computer rather than the piano!). While teaching piano at the University in the 90s, she began her educational development work in the School. Since then, she has run level 1 performance, the ensemble modules at level 2 and 3, the year abroad module, and MMus Applied Performance. She’s also been involved in various development projects in Music, the Faculty of PVAC and Arts, and chaired Student:Staff Forum for four years.  She served as Acting Director of Student Education from April 2013-April 2014, and Deputy for three years. She will be the Admissions Tutor from September 2015-2018, and coordinates Study Abroad activity and level 1 Performance in the School.


Current Modules

  • MUSS1320, level 1 Performance
  • MUSS9001, Year Abroad (BA, JH, BSc, MArts)
  • MUSS9000, Year ABroad (BMus)
  • personal tutor for incoming international exchange students

Other Teaching

Ensemble Performance: as part of her work with this module in the past, Ms. Fairley has acted as Project Coordinator for many successful student performances, including:

  • Beethoven Eroica Symphony, Choral Fantasy
  • Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
  • Dvorák Tvrdé Palice (The Stubborn Lovers) in a new critical edition of the opera
  • Elgar Caractacus
  • Ellington, Duke:music for Big Band
  • Falla, La Vida Breve
  • Górecki Kleines Requiem für eine Polka
  • Howarth, Elgar Trombone Concerto (directed by the composer)
  • Lachenmann “…zwei Gefühle…” Musik mit Leonardo
  • Mendelssohn Die Erste Walpurgisnacht
  • Messiaen Et Expecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum (Leeds Parish Church)
  • Monteverdi Vespers, 1610 (Royal Armouries)
  • Purcell, Dido and Aeneas
  • Rachmaninov Symphony no. 2 (Leeds Town Hall)
  • Respighi Pines of Rome, Sinfonia Drammatica (Leeds Town Hall)
  • Schoenberg Chamber Symphony no. 1
  • Shostakovich Symphonies 8, 10, Cello Concerto no. 1 with Guy Johnston (winner, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2000)
  • Sibelius Symphony no. 7
  • Spencer, Mic The Lynx Arc (première), Toxic Knuckle Bones
  • Strauss, Richard Festmusik der Stadt Wien
  • Stravinsky Rite of Spring, Symphonies of Winds, Les Noces (sung in Russian)
  • Stockhausen Kreuzspiel
  • Tippett Concerto for Orchestra, Concerto for Double String Orchestra, A Child of Our Time
  • Varèse Octandre, Intègrales, Ionisation
  • Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto (soloist James Gourlay) Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
  • Wilby, Philip Symphony no. 2
  • Winds (symphonic) Lindberg Gran Duo, George Benjamin At First Light, Gregson Festivo
  • World Music projects including Gamelan and African Drumming

and in conjunction with Leeds Baroque Orchestra, directed by Peter Holman:

  • Bach B Minor Mass, St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion
  • Purcell King Arthur
  • Biber Missa Salisburgensis
  • Mozart (realised Wilby) Mass in C Minor
  • Arne The Judgment of Paris
  • Handel Israel in Egypt


  • Admissions Tutor
  • Performance coordinator
  • Study Abroad coordinator
  • BA International programme manager
  • International Officer
  • Instrumental/vocal teaching coordinator

Professional Practice

  • Development and approval of Music with Enterprise, a degree programme taught jointly with the Leeds Enterprise Centre/Leeds University Business School (2013)
  • Supporting professional standards for teaching staff: a cross-faculty project involving PVAC (Performance, Visual Arts and Communications), the Faculty of Arts, and SDDU (Staff and Departmental Development Unit, funded by TIF (Teaching Initiative Fund), Project Development Officer (2004-06)
  • Facilitating accreditation and substantiation in the assessment of oral presentation, seminar/workshop contributions as minor components within modules, funded by TQEF (2003-05)LUMEN (Leeds University Music in Education Initiative) funded by FDTL: recording and reviewing initiatives, development of a study skills module and handbook, self-and peer-assessment, developing year abroad logs (1996-99)
  • Enterprise in Higher Education: assessment, technology, skills, (1993-96), founding of NAMSHE (single-discipline network for staff teaching Music in Higher Education)


As BMus programme manager and study abroad coordinator, Jo has created links with Strasbourg, Dijon, Frankfurt, Cologne, Brno, Verona, and Salamanca.  See our Study Abroad pages for a full list of institutions for study abroad.

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