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: Jane Dancer 

Jane has been a member of Orpheus for nine years.  She is a public sector manager and brings skills in financial management, HR management, strategic planning, communications, risk management and a good understanding of the relationship between boards, staff and members of an organisation.

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.

Karen Raitt

Karen possesses an in-depth knowledge of governance having spent years working to upskill school trustees about their vital role on the board.  In addition to spending the last seven years in the education sector, Karen brings strategic planning, communications, marketing and project management skills to the Board.

Most importantly Karen is passionate about the arts having spent most of her life supporting the many performers in her family. these performers range from opera singers to lead singers in pop bands in Los Angeles. Karen’s aim is to ensure that performers have opportunities to express their talents and gift of music and for audiences to enjoy it.

Robert Brewer

Robert is Chief Executive of Spirits New Zealand Inc and has worked for over 25 years in public affairs and advocacy roles for government agencies as well as the private sector.  Robert is the former chair and a current Board member of the charity The Tomorrow Project.  Robert was a member of the National Youth Choir and when he has time pretends he can play golf.

Alison Hosie

Arts Administrator Nigel MacIntyre

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