Meet our players and singers! Every month, we will be interviewing performers from our orchestra and choir to give you an insight into our world of music, work, and life in general. Our QMO Family is a unqiue community in which people from all walks of life and various backgrounds come together to share our love for making music and supporting charities.
Name: Debbie Lee
Position: 4th Year MBBS, UQ
When I grow up, I want to be: A specialist paediatrician or physician
I am glad I am studying medicine because: I'll be able to enjoy giving my time and service to the community in a mentally challenging but often emotionally rewarding environment.
My favourite activity when I am not working is: Attending concerts and musicals!
I play in the QMO because: It's a wonderful creative outlet, and I love playing and socialising with such a diverse group of health professionals.
My dream QMO repertoire is:
10th April 2017
Name: Philip Wong
Position: Basic Physician Training / Medical Registrar
Instrument: Timpani, Percussion, Piano
Area of interest:Haematology
When I get through my exams I am going to: "Have a martini. Gin, not vodka, of course, stirred for 10 seconds while glancing at an unopened bottle of vermouth"
The wittiest/dumbest thing I have ever told my resident: Telling them on ward round that a patient's observations were 'astebrile' instead of 'stable and afebrile'. I definitely hadn't had my morning coffee before starting ward round that day.
My favourite form of study procrastination is: Figuring out the time signature of each piece when listening to ABC Classic FM
My dream QMO repertoire is .
25th September 2016
Name: Wendell Rosevear
Position: GP/ Director of Medical Centre in Windsor.
Area of Interest: I work in HIV/AIDS, Alcohol and Drug Recovery, Rape and Sexual-abuse with male and female victims and male and female perpetrators, Sexual Health, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Health. Previously worked in Prisons between 1975 and 2005, plus 3 years in Hong Kong and Trek Doctor in Nepal. Domestic Violence (State Committee) and Suicide prevention.
Qualifications: O.A.M. M.B., B.S. DipRACOG. FRACGP. J.P.(Qual.)
Instrument: Pipe Organ - the quietest boy with the loudest instrument.
The thing I most enjoy about my job is: to be trusted by people who have learned not to trust".
The silliest /most naïve thing I ever did as a junior doctor was: take a baby's nappy off, only to be squirted in the face with a healthy stream.
If I wasn't a doctor, I would be a: Windsurfing instructor and an Artist.
Music to me is like: a sanity trip. But when I am playing 4,300 pipes on the City Hall Pipe organ it is like "surfing adrenaline" as any mistake is spectacular.
My Dream QMO Repertoire is.
"O Fortuna from Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff
"Small Town" by Peter Sculthorpe
"Piano Concerto No.1 in B Flat minor" by Tchaikovsky.
My Life Motto is: "to make Love infectious". It is the essence of my life and work - to translating Love into relief and prevention of pain.
Wendell is also a very talented artist, with many of his works sold in Gallery Exhibitions.
Some of his works include 'Daniel Shines' of which was presented to the Morcombes. Another beautiful piece is 'Reflect'.
20th June 2016
Name: Dinah Blunt
Position: Specialist Anaesthetist and medical Hypnotherapist
Instrument: piano, percussion, voice
Area of interest: hypnosis for PTSD, medical trauma, and weight loss
The thing I most enjoy about my job is: it's a power kick - I'm a major control freak
If I wasn't a doctor, I would be: a wellness coach, jazz singer, actress
My dream QMO repertoire is . Carnival of the Animals! Thats why I joined in the first place! The Planets, maybe some big band type swing
8th May 2016
Name: Leslie Gan
Position: Staff Specialist, Logan Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, MBBS FAFRM(RACP)
Area of specialty interest: Rehabilitation Medicine
The thing I most enjoy about my job is: Seeing patients become "humanised" and well again.
The silliest / most naïve thing I ever did as a junior doctor was: Thinking that I could help everyone. Now, the very cynical grown up me knows that people have to assume some responsibility for their own health. And everyone has to die of something eventually.
The first thing I do when I get home from work is: Take my shoes off
I can't live without: all my crafty hobbies
Leslie is a an artist of many talents, during our rehearsals, you may find her cello on the ground whilst she does a quick sketch. Here are just an example of some of the amazing pieces she has created.
20th April 2016
(Middle in the photo)
Name (year and school): Geoffrey Wu, 4th Year MBBS University of Queensland
I want to be: a paediatrician
I'm studying medicine because: it presents new and exciting challenges every day and allows you to meet and make a difference to people from all walks of life
I hope my internship is just like: iZombie
My dream QMO repertoire is: Wow! Ask a hard one! I would have to say something along the lines of: Claude Debussy-Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun, George Gershwin- Rhapsody in Blue and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No.2
3rd March 2016
Current Hospital: Redcliffe Hospital
I want to be: Paediatrician/GP
I'm glad I studied medicine because: Despite some innate laziness, I like a challenge.
My guilty reward for polishing off a large pile of discharge summaries is: Submitting a juicy AVAC .
My dream QMO repertoire is: 'Infernal dance of King Kashchey' from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite
1st February 2016
(2nd from the right in the photo)
Medical School: UQ
Instrument: Cello and Piano
I want to be: Palliative care physician
I'm studying medicine because: My left brain convinced my right brain that it was making poor fiscal decisions!
The most unbelievable thing I've learnt in Med School is: How many of the great composers had significant chronic illnesses; and that you can track the severity of their illnesses chronologically through their music. My favourite example of this is Maurice Ravel's apraxia and aphasia, developing as early as 1927. His musical output at this time included the Bolero (1928), the Piano Concerto for the left hand (1929-30) and the Piano Concerto in G (1929-31). Ravel wished to premiere his piano concerto but was hampered by significant fatigue of unknown cause. A car crash in 1933 accelerated his decline and he never composed again from that point onwards.
My dream QMO repertoire is: Rachmaninoff's third symphony or his symphonic dances.
22nd January 2016