Meet some of the people who help make us great…

Patron

Bill Tweddell

Artistic Director

Theodore Kuchar

Management Committee 2024/2025

The following committee was elected at the AGM on 21st April 2024.

PresidentProf. Stephen Boyle
Vice-PresidentJudy Hunter
SecretaryLily Horn
TreasurerNeil Renison
Committee:Nita Vasilescu
 Ioana Bowden
Noel Price (Logistics Officer)
 Angela Summers
 Janet Askern
 Rianta Belford

Orchestra Manager

Sally Frewen-Lord

Life Members

Annette Elliss

Life member since June 2020
Annette Elliss had the role of Treasurer from 2004 until 2015. In that time she ...

Carol Dall'Osto

Life Member since July 2010
Carol has been a leading figure in music performances in Townsville for many ...

Donna McMahon

Conductor / Life Member
Donna has been a leader in the Townsville music community since she arrived in ...

Jacinta Payne

Life Member
Jacinta has been part of the Orchestra from the beginning when she played 1st ...

Jenny Carr

Life Member since July 2010
Jenny Carr came to Australia from Scotland in the early 70s and instantly ...

Simon McConnell

Life member since June 2020
Simon McConnell agreed to be President in 2006 when the Orchestra was in danger ...
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Stephen Frewen-Lord

Life Member since 2015
Stephen has been involved with the Barrier Reef Orchestra since its inception; ...

Suzanne Darrigan

Life member since June 2020
Barrier Reef Orchestra stalwart Suzanne Darrigan was excited to be in the first ...

Guest Conductors

Theodore Kuchar

Conductor
The multiple award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar is the most recorded ...
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Andrew Ryder

Conductor
Andrew has conducted the Barrier Reef Orchestra for several concerts, ...

Gwyn Roberts

Conductor
Gwyn Roberts has had a very active career as a cellist, conductor and music ...

Mario Dobernig

Conductor
Mario Dobernig is Conductor in Chief and Artistic Director for the Art of Sound ...

Richard McIntyre OAM

Conductor
Richard McIntyre, OAM, BMus (University of Sydney) has maintained a long and ...

John Hopkins OBE

Conductor
Professor John Hopkins OBE was involved with the Orchestra from its earliest ...

Richard Davis

Conductor
Richard Davis is presently Chief Conductor and Head of Orchestral Studies at ...

Warwick Potter

Conductor
Dr Warwick Potter is one of Australia’s leading conductors, equally at home directing a youth choir as he is a professional orchestra.
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Mark Eager

Conductor
 Mark Eager is an exciting and passionate conductor with extensive knowledge ...

Raymond Yong

Conductor / Piano
Raymond Yong was born in Malaysia, emigrating to Australia at the age of two. ...

Gyula (Jules) Cseszkó

Conductor
Gyula Cseszkó (Jules) kindly agreed to conduct our August concert because of ...

Donna McMahon

Conductor / Life Member
Donna has been a leader in the Townsville music community since she arrived in ...

Patrick Pickett

Conductor
Patrick Pickett is owner, Artistic Director/Conductor of the Queensland Pops Orchestra...

Carolyn Watson

Conductor
Originally from Sydney, Carolyn Watson is Music Director at the La Porte ...

Sean O'Boyle

Conductor
Sean O’Boyle is a composer, arranger and conductor with a particular interest ...

Craig Johnson

Conductor
Lieutenant Colonel Craig Johnson, born and raised in Sydney, NSW, joined the ...

David Lawrence

Conductor
David conducted the Barrier Reef Orchestra with the Spirit of the Voice Choirs in a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in 2011.

Mark Shiell

Conductor
Mark has guest-conducted ensembles including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, ...

Guest Artists

Gregory Moore

Singer
Gregory, a graduate of the QLD Conservatorium of Music, is in high demand as a ...

Yoshika Masuda

Cello
Born in Kobe, Japan, Yoshika Masuda first started to play the cello at ...

Sally Walker

Flute
Flautist Sally Walker was Grand-finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo Internati...

Arthur Athan

Piano
Arthur Athan is a pianist and teacher from Melbourne, Australia. He currently ...

David Hudson

Guitar & Vocal
David Hudson is a proud Ewamian/Western Yalanji man of North East Qld. He is ...

Kim Kirkman

Tenor
Kim gained a Post-graduate Diploma in voice from the Queensland Conservatorium. ...

Blair Harris

Cello
2010 winner of the Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition, Melbourne-based ...

Alex Thomas

Tenor
Alex Thomas has been performing in Townsville for more years than he would like ...

Domenico Taraborrelli

Accordian
Domenico is one of Brisbane’s most experienced and versatile multicultural ...
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Tanya Christensen

Mezzo-Soprano
A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Tanya Christensen attained a ...

David Wakeham

Baritone
This Australian singer has established an international reputation with ...

Ruby Luck

Piano
Ruby Luck is undertaking a Masters of Music Studies at the Queensland Conserv...

Rebecca Cassidy

Soprano
Rebecca is a fourth year Bachelor of Music (Adv. Performance) student at the ...

Leah Li

Harp
Townsville based harpist Leah Xiang Li enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral ...

Jeremy Sun

Pianist
Pianist Jeremy Sun has won numerous international competitions along with major prizes in Australia...

Jade Moffat

Contralto
At 21 years of age, Jade Moffat's career is just beginning. Currently in her ...

Cassandra Wright

Soprano
Cassandra Wright is a versatile soprano with diverse performance experience. ...

Cherin Lee

Violin
Cherin Lee performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in the Barrier Reef Orches...

Kevin Higgins

Irish wooden flute and uilleann pipes
Kevin hails from Downpatrick, County Down in the north-east of lreland. He took ...

James Morrison

Trumpet

Ji Won Kim

Violin
Ji Won Kim began playing the violin at the age of four and attended the Yewon ...

Megan Billing

Oboe
Born in Korumburra, Victoria, Megan studied music from an early age, first with ...
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Justin Ankus

Organist
Justin Ankus began playing the electronic organ as a teenager and by the age of ...

Stefan Cassomenos

Piano
Melbourne pianist, conductor and composer Stefan Cassomenos gives regular solo ...

Rebecca Chan

Violin

James Dong

Violin
James Dong began learning the violin at the age of 6 and has studied with Sook ...

Bronwyn Douglass

Mezzo-Soprano
Bronwyn is a Mezzo-soprano who comes from Milton on the coast of NSW. She ...

Sarah Calderwood

Singer
Sarah is a multi award-nominated singer and storyteller who unites storytelling ...

Siobhan Patrick

Soprano
Siobhan is a lyric soprano with a Graduate Diploma of Music (Opera) from the ...

Jennifer Bradstreet

Flute
Jennifer Bradstreet completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Sydney ...

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