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Bill Tweddell

Artistic Director

Theodore Kuchar

Management Committee 2023/2024

The following committee was elected at the AGM on 24th April 2023.

PresidentProf. Stephen Boyle
Vice-PresidentJudy Hunter
Immediate Past PresidentHelen Land
SecretaryJanet Askern*
TreasurerNeil Renison
Committee:Nita Vasilescu
 Ioana Bowden
 Logistics Officer:Noel Price
 Suzanne Darrigan
 Lindsay Brinkman
 Rianta Belford
* Replaced Linda Bridge in September 2023

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

Donna McMahon

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

Craig Johnson

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

Sean O'Boyle

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

Mario Dobernig

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

John Hopkins OBE

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

Patrick Pickett

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

Gwyn Roberts

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

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

Richard Davis

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

Raymond Yong

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

Warwick Potter

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

Richard McIntyre OAM

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

Theodore Kuchar

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

David Lawrence

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

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

Gyula (Jules) Cseszkó

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

Mark Shiell

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

Guest Artists

Cassandra Wright

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

Leah Li

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

Rebecca Chan


Kevin Higgins

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

Domenico Taraborrelli

Domenico is one of Brisbane’s most experienced and versatile multicultural ...
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Justin Ankus

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

Bronwyn Douglass

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

Sarah Calderwood

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

Alex Thomas

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

Cherin Lee

Cherin Lee began playing the violin at four years old. Cherin is one of the ...

Jennifer Bradstreet

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

James Dong

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

Kim Kirkman

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

Matthew Rigby

Matthew Rigby, born in Townsville in 1985, developed a love of music at an ...

Gregory Moore

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

Ruby Luck

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

David Hudson

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

Ji Won Kim

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

Lyubov Dika

Lyubov Dika became a full-time member of the Lviv National Opera of Ukraine in ...

Jeremy Sun

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

Stefan Cassomenos

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

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

Yoshika Masuda

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

Sally Walker

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

Bruce Grice

Bruce Grice's musical journey commenced at the age of 12, when he discovered ...

Benjamin Martin

Identified by Newsday NY as an 'Excellent craftsman', The New York Times as ...

Jade Moffat

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

Megan Billing

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

Adam Lopez

Adam Lopez’s exceptional vocal artistry has paved opportunities to perform ...

Rebecca Cassidy

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