Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand


His Worship the Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester

The Board of Management

The Choir appointed a Board of Management in 2006 whose responsibility is governance, strategic planning, financial management and seeking sources of outside funding. A part-time Administrator provides administrative support for the Board and Choir, and day-to-day management is handled by an elected committee of Choir members.

Board members

Chair: Christine Pearce MNZM
Christine Pearce studied piano and cello at London’s Guildhall School of Music before moving to the United States, where she taught piano in the preparatory music department of the University of Louisville, Kentucky.  Since coming to live in Wellington, she has been actively involved in the arts holding several senior arts administration positions and now works as a freelance arts administrator.  Christine is passionate about large choirs and maintaining their role in the arts scene.  She has sung in choirs around the word including the London Philharmonic Choir, the Yale University Bach Society Choir, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and of course the Orpheus Choir of Wellington.  She brings her passion for choral music to the role of Chair of the Board.

In 2010 Christine was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to New Zealand Music and an Absolutely Positive Wellingtonian award for her contribution to the arts in Wellington.

Choir representative: Jason Cooper 
Jason is an in-house government lawyer specialising in public law, information law, employment and health and safety. He regularly advises senior officials in the public service and presents training to managers and frontline staff.  Jason joined the Orpheus Choir in 2012 soon after arriving in Wellington. His first appearance with the Choir was its renowned performance of Lenard Bernstein’s Candide.

Captured by the vision for Wellington’s largest choir, Jason was elected as a choir representative to its Board in 2013. In this role he brings the views of choir members to the Board’s discussions and decision- making. Jason also contributes his own strategic perspective and works hard to ensure the Board fulfils its governance role.

Choir representative: Lison Harris
Lison is a public servant with a background in law. She has comprehensive experience with strategic planning and stakeholder engagement, and is committed to representing the choir’s views on the Board.  She has been a member of the choir for more than six years, serving as chair of the choir committee for some of that time.

Anthony Browne
Tony Browne worked for nearly 40 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  He was New Zealand Ambassador to China from 2004 to 2009, and subsequently a Deputy Secretary of MFAT.  Since 2011 he has been Executive Chair of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre and Chair of the Victoria University Confucius Institute.   He is a member of the Executive Board of the New Zealand China Council.

Geoffrey Shirtcliffe 
Geof Shirtcliffe is a partner in the Wellington office of national law firm Chapman Tripp, specialising in corporate law. He is a board member of Wellesley College, a previous chair of the Law and Economics Association of New Zealand and honorary solicitor to the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.  When not in the office or spending time with his family, he learns jazz guitar.

Alison Hosie

Arts Administrator Nigel MacIntyre

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