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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 Life Members include:

Fay Baker, awarded in 2016

Joachim Rother, awarded in 2018

Kendall Snowden, awarded in 2018

Melissa Innes, awarded in 2019

Sharon Fitness, awarded in 2023

Meet The Team
Melissa Innes

Melissa Innes


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.

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Ange Tully

Vice President

Ange’s love of music began at an early age when she was first introduced to classical music. She started playing the violin at the age of 8 and by 12 was invited to join the district youth orchestra.


Ange studied history and composition of music during her high school years and enjoyed participating in large orchestral and choral groups until her mid-twenties when career, and then parenthood, became her primary focus.


In 2005 Ange moved from South Wales, UK to the Sunshine Coast and, in search of some musical connection, found her way to Oriana in 2010. In the 14 years since, she has enjoyed a number of Oriana’s Eisteddfod successes, and also joined the touring choir to Europe on 2 occasions. Ange says she has countless wonderful memories to look back on, but a particular highlight was the opportunity to sing “The Armed Man” – a highly emotional and diverse work written by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins – “just spine tingling”!!!

Ange is an Occupational Therapist and for the last 10 years has worked for our local health service as an Allied Health Manager. With retirement on the horizon, she looks forward to spending more time with her two grandchildren and in playing a more active organisational role as Oriana’s Vice President.

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Terry Frankling


Terry joined Oriana in 2017 after having sung in other choral groups on and off throughout her life. She loves the variety of music performed by Oriana, the wonderful people, and the high standards always maintained by the choir. The highlight of her time with Oriana so far was the tour to Italy in 2019.


Terry is an accountant and has worked for SDE Accountants on the Sunshine Coast since 2011. She gladly shares her accounting qualifications and expertise with Oriana in her role as Treasurer.

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Sharon Fitness

Production Manager

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.

Sharon was made a life member of Oriana in 2023.

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Jenny is a primary school teacher on the Sunshine Coast. As a lifelong lover of music, she’s been blessed to have had the opportunity to sing in choirs since childhood.


Jenny joined Oriana Choir in 2007 as a soprano. Her experiences as a member of Oriana have been truly unforgettable - from international tours to England, Wales, France, Italy, and Central Europe, to the sense of belonging and camaraderie within the 'Oriana family'.


Above all, she’s proud to be part of a group that consistently strives for excellence in choral performances.

Chris Mills

Chris Mills

Webmaster & Oriana Ensemble Manager

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 maintains not only our website, but all of the other "tech"that the choir uses in its day to day operation.  

Recently Chris also undertook the role of Manager of the newly formed Oriana Ensemble.  

Jenny Baker

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Ruth Rix


Ruth joined Oriana in 2007 and is a passionate member of the choir.

She is proud to have carried out the role of Secretary for 10 years before taking a short break from administrative duties. She now enjoys her role as the choir’s Membership Co-ordinator. Among many highlights has been participating in Oriana’s three international tours.

Ruth loves the varied repertoire of each season, the many different experiences which are offered to members, and the great camaraderie which exists in our Oriana family.

Ruth has also performed in numerous musical theatre productions over the years and can still be seen treading the boards now and again in local productions.

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Mark Deal


Mark joined Oriana in 2014 for a brief period and thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of the members and the professionalism of the choir. He departed to the Central Coast of NSW for 3 years, where he sang with 3 highly experienced choirs during this time. Nothing compared to Oriana.


After returning to Queensland in 2018 Mark re-joined Oriana and feels like he has returned home. Mark works as a Chiropractor, Osteopath and Acupuncturist in Noosa. He provides support to Oriana through commitments to the Marketing of Oriana’s performances and presentations.

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Roberto Marques

Production Committee Head

Roberto is the chair of the Production Sub-Committee, which supports Oriana’s coordination of concert production, from planning to execution. He also assists the choir with sourcing new music scores.


He is a founder member of Oriana as part of our tenor section. He works as a professional officer (research horticulturist) with the Queensland Department of Agriculture.

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Karissa Brooke

Youth Choir Manager

Karissa has been involved in choral singing from an early age, starting out in primary school choir. She was a member of the Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Junior Choir.


Karissa moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2010 where she sang in her high school choir. She joined Sunshine Coast Oriana Youth Choir in 2011, and in 2014 she joined her mother in the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir, thus becoming the first Youth Choir member to transition to the adult choir.


Karissa enjoys helping the Youth Choir and inspiring young singers to follow their love of singing and the arts.

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Lyndel Grant

Tech Assistant

Lyndel grew up in Horsham, Victoria and started singing in choirs at school. She studied piano for many years and had a stab a playing the oboe.


She completed a Veterinary Science degree at Melbourne University, then a Grad Dip Ed 10 years later when she had her children (a daughter and twin boys).


Lyndel moved to Qld in 1992, sang with Sunshine Coast Choral Society and joined Oriana in 2015 for the Eastern European Tour. She is hoping we can travel again soon!

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