Paul initially joined the then UQ Medical Orchestra in 2004 when it first began. After a hiatus whereby his trumpet was left woefully unloved, he rejoined in 2013 and has played in every concert since. In 2015 he took over the role as Executive Director, which is quite a fitting role for a brass player, in that it involves letting everyone else do the majority of the work, then showing up at the climax to take a bow!
Outside of the QMO realm, Paul has completed his training in General Internal Medicine and works as a Staff Specialist at Gympie Hospital.
Favourite Musical Quote "To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." Leonard Bernstein
Ryan has just started his General Practice Training in 2016. He graduated from the University of Queensland, School of Medicine in 2011. His musical studies began at the age of 8 with the viola and piano, and he began playing flute, bassoon and percussion during his high school years. Ryan spent 2 years playing viola in the Queensland Youth Symphony under internationally renowned conductor John Curro OAM, and toured with the orchestra to South Korea, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany, culminating in a performance at World Expo 2000 in Hannover.
Ryan studied undergraduate degrees in Arts and Education at the University of Queensland, and began working as a German and science teacher at Ferny Grove State High School upon graduation. In this role, Ryan became an active member of the acclaimed instrumental music department at Ferny Grove, where he conducted several ensembles and performed Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals with Israeli pianist Brachi Tilles. Ryan has been conducting the Queensland Medical Orchestra since 2010.
Lily joined the Queensland Medical Orchestra in 2012 in an attempt to find some form of work-life balance in her hectic schedule. A full-time Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Mater, St Andrew's and North West Private Hospitals, she sought a creative outlet, finding a perfect home with QMO.
Her performing art training started at the age of 6, in Taiwan, with a childhood filled with piano, flute, singing and dance lessons. After migrating to Australia at the age of 10, she continued her music and dance studies, performing and competing in multiple state and national music events. Spending majority of her schooling years in Western Australia, she attended the Young Exhibitioner's program at WAAPA Music Conservatorium under the directorship of Mr Richard Gill. Although Lily did not pursue a long-term career in the performing arts, she taught private music lessons and performed 'gigs' during her university days, to support her medical school studies.
A passionate supporter of QMO, Lily is responsible for marketing, sponsorship and seeking innovative opportunities for the orchestra. Her love for the performing arts is reflected in her regular attendance to concerts, festivals and various shows all around Brisbane.
Geoffrey has been a part of the QMO family since commencing medical school in 2013. He was inspired at a young age to pursue clarinet playing by beloved cartoon character Squidward and has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Queensland Youth Symphony and Australian Doctors Orchestra.
Since being sent out to Ipswich to commence his medical studies in 2013, Geoffrey has never quite managed to escape. He is currently a Junior House Officer at Ipswich Hospital, having completed the entirety of his medical school years as well as his intern year there. He hopes to pursue a career in Paediatric Emergency Medicine.
Geoffrey credits his involvement with the QMO family for developing many professional relationships and lasting friendships and is thrilled to be able to continue serving this community by joining the QMO executive in 2018 as Membership Manager.
Annika is a 3rd year medical student at UQ and is completing her practical rotations in Toowoomba. She currently holds the role of Managing Director of the Ashintosh Foundation and is enjoying the community aspect of this role, including Teddy Bear Hospital visits and being involved with QMO. During high school she played piano, flute and percussion, and hopes to one day return to these more creative pursuits!