Donna takes the lead in key role

DONNA Riles says she is delighted to be appointed music director of the Orange Regional Conservatorium (ORC), after acting in the role for 12 months.

Mrs Riles has been the head of keyboard and academic studies at the ORC for nine years.

“I’m delighted to be able to service the Orange community and continue to work with a strong, talented team,” she said.

“In the future I’d like to continue to build our student base and develop our music programs.”

Mrs Riles said the ORC team would work hard to raise the organisation’s profile by continuing its community music workshops and performances, while also strengthening its relationships  with the region’s schools.

ORC chairman Russell Turner said there were 15 applicants for the music director’s role and the board had a very challenging time during the selection and interview process.

“Donna was an outstanding applicant and I am sure she will play an enormous part in ensuring the ORC will continue to be one of the leading conservatoriums in NSW,” he said.

“We had applications from all over Australia and internationally, as well as throughout the central west. I see this as an endorsement and support for a great future of the ORC.

“Donna has over 30 years of experience in teaching music and I am confident that in her new role she will pass on her enthusiasm and experience to all our valued teachers as well as our wonderful students.”

Mr Turner said the ORC was an important community asset with more than 20 full-time and part-time music teachers and administrative staff, providing music education to more than 900 students, either through programs within local schools or through lessons at the conservatorium.

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