Dr Maria Joao Rodrigues de Araujo
Fellow Commoner in Music
I grew up in Portugal, in a large family where the arts played an important role. I am the penultimate of seven sisters and all of us went to a music conservatoire and learnt to play an instrument. During our school holidays we had fun putting together performances with music, dance, and theatre for our relatives and friends. I developed such a great love for music that I decided to pursue it academically.
I did a Bachelor of Music (BMus Hons) at the University of London, having studied at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music. I also hold a Licenciatura Degree (a four year undergraduate degree) in Music Sciences from the University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, having spent one year as Erasmus student at Royal Holloway College, University of London. I did my Doctorate in Music at Christ Church College, Oxford.
My career spans working in academia, industry, and international organizations. Previous appointments include Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Opera House and at the University of Oxford's Faculty of Music; Fellow of Christ Church, Oxford; Member of the Steering Committee of RESEO (European Network for Opera and Dance Education), Brussels; Rapporteur for the European Commission, Directorate for Education and Culture; and Director of Education and Research at Casa da Música, Porto, where I was responsible for education, research, publications, exhibitions, music technologies, and archives, overseeing around 2000 events per year.
I also volunteer as President of ANDI New Dialogue Organization, an international NGO, that promotes human and children's rights through art and education, and helps children in need.