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Jo Anne Sukumaran

Adjunct Lecturer

Arts Management


Master of Arts (Music Performance)
Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland

Bachelor of Arts
National University of Singapore


Jo Anne joins Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a balance of both music and business credentials. She has taught a range of subjects in these domain areas at both local and international institutions. These include: Creative Entrepreneurship, Art History, World Music. She has also taught O-level  music and  facilitated university level modules on understanding music and music appreciation. Recently she has been invited to give guest lectures on subjects such as branding and career management.

As a performer, she brings an unconventional and refreshing approach to classical music making. Curious and adventurous, her playful approach to the bassoon belies  a sharp technical ability that has built her reputation for bringing to life a diverse range of styles. Her debut music album “The Night Garden” recently released in 2019 paid homage to her classical training and Asian roots. With an ear for unusual sounds and collaborators, she often dreams up eclectic and original programmes filled with colours, textures, flavours and senses to serve up a fusion of classical, contemporary and cross-cultural works, delighting audiences. She runs a successful series of artist interviews on a podcast, called “Legends of Reed”, to demystify and bring double reed instruments to a wider audience.

She feels passionately about supporting social issues through her music, and that has led her to be featured on international media in Australia and The Netherlands.

In addition to her adjunct lecturing at NAFA, she is also currently an Adjunct Lecturer at University at Buffalo Singapore.