The Oriana Management Team
Oriana Arts is a community-based, not-for-profit incorporated association. It is governed by a management team, with elections for all positions on the management team held each year at the association's Annual General Meeting.
From time to time, the Management Committee may extend the honour of Life Membership to people who have been members of the organisation and who have provided outstanding services or assistance in the advancement of the Choir.
Oriana's first Life Membership was awarded in December 2016 to Fay Baker, Artistic Director and Accompanist of the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir. This award acknowledged Fay's outstanding dedication and professionalism during the last decade.
Meet The Team
Melissa has administratively led Oriana since its inception in 2005.
An Associate Lecturer in Management and Human Resource Management at University of the Sunshine Coast, and proud mother of four boys, Melissa feels honoured to be President of the choir she considers to be her 'extended family'.
Singing soprano in the choir, Melissa toured internationally with Oriana in 2012 and 2016; and with her fellow choristers, has defended their Queensland Champion Choir title at the Heritage Queensland Eisteddfod on many an occasion.
Melissa takes great joy from working with a dedicated and passionate committee to develop opportunities for choristers to deliver quality choral performances to Oriana's valued patrons of the Sunshine Coast and beyond.
Ian (Rixy) Rix
Ian joined the choir in 2008, and has taken part in every Oriana event since then. He toured with the Choir in Europe in 2012 and 2016.
He loves cryptic crosswords, the Rolling Stones, reading and cats. He is both a student and a teacher of music and is married to Oriana Secretary, Ruth.
Ruth joined Oriana in 2007 and has been passionate about the choir ever since! She felt privileged to be part of the 2012 and 2016 European Tours, revelling in the social and the musical aspects of the experience.
Having recently retired from full time work, she now has more time to pursue other interests including reading, walking, aquacise, listening to music, watching movies and enjoying time with family and good friends.
Carol joined the choir in 2009 and has been privileged to be a part of Oriana’s events and successes ever since, which have included overseas tours to UK and Europe in 2012 and 2016 . Being a member of Oriana brings opportunites and experiences which are unique and often life changing!
Carol currently works full time in Risk Management at ANZ Bank, and has previously worked in the areas of Corporate Lending, General Banking, Audit, Compliance and Governance. She brings almost 30 years experience in Banking and Finance to the role of Treasurer. Carol enjoys travel, home life, beach walks, golf, yoga and, of course, the Oriana Experience.
Sharon works full-time as an adminstrator at subscription television channel ACCTV, as well as dabbling in design and public relations consultancy with her own business, Joyful Media.
Sharon enjoys singing, pets and cooking and is a bit of a movie buff. She is a founding member of Oriana and is responsible for creating all of our great ‘looks’ from season to season.
A Primary Music Teacher, Cath has the unenviable role of maintaining our growing music library, ensuring members have everything they need for each rehearsal period and performance.
In her spare time, Cath, who is a founding member of Oriana, loves travel, singing, acting and cooking for friends.
Jenny Baker joined the Oriana choir in 2007. She has loved being involved with such a friendly, sociable group of people who share her passion of singing. Highlights of her choir experiences include: the opportunity to travel around Europe singing with the choir; performing in St Paul’s Cathedral and singing major works by famous composers such at Mozart, Handel, Faure, Bach, Schubert and Vivaldi.
Jenny is a Primary school teacher , mother to five children and a recent grandmother!
Chris joined Oriana in 2015 and was elected to the committee the following year. Although new to Oriana at that time he brought a wealth of experience in community organisation management.
Chris has been President of two theatre companies both here and in New Zealand, been on several sports club committees, Rotary and most importantly as a Councillor where he chaired two Council sub committees.
Chris has considerable experience in marketing and integration with digital media and has been busy working on the new website.