The Oriana Singers
Oriana Singers Inc is a mixed-voice (SATB) choir with members from the greater Tauranga area. The choir currently has just over sixty members. Choir members come from a variety of musical back-grounds, with some having never sung in a choir before to those who have sung in choirs for over twenty years.
The musical director is Katrina Daniela who is HoD Music at Papamoa College. Katrina studied conducting with Karyn Grylls and Uwe Grodd at the University of Auckland and has both sung in, and conducted a number of choirs over the last twenty years. Katrina has run various music festivals, Carols by Candlelight in Whangamata for ten years, as well as various concerts and Arts leadership workshops with young singers. She also currently sings in the Scholars Pro Musica. Katrina has joined MENZA (Music Education New Zealand Aoteroa) as a board member in 2019.
The choir accompanist is Barbara Caygill.
Coreen Gray is the current Patron of the choir. Coreen has been a previous conductor of the choir when it was a ladies only choir, as well as a long-standing accompanist. Coreen is both an accomplished pianist and singer. She sang in England with Roy Henderson, under whom she studied (as did Kathleen Ferrier). Coreen was a soloist for the BBC. She has taught music, sung, accompanied and conducted for all her adult life. She is a member of the New Zealand Choral Federation and founded the Bay of Plenty branch, and is a life member of the Choral Federation. Coreen was awarded life membership of the Oriana Singers in 2015 in recognition of her contribution to the choir and became its patron in 2016.
The choir’s repertoire is varied, has wide appeal, and changes throughout the year. The choir works towards two main concerts per year with smaller engagements throughout the year as requested. The choir sings works ranging from traditional choral pieces, to jazz and popular pieces, as well as spirituals and folk songs. The choir also works with guest artists and other community musicians such as Tauranga Brass. The choir seeks to support young musicians in the community and will often invite young artists to feature in their concerts.
Oriana Singers Inc is a member of the New Zealand Choral Federation - for further information on choral activities around New Zealand go to the following link -