About Us

The New Zealand Pops Orchestra is administered by the not-for-profit New Zealand Pops Foundation Trust. We have the advanced international musical and performance experience of Rita Paczian, Gina Sanders and Dr. John Green.

The voluntary Board consists of:

Rita Paczian – Artistic & Musical Director


An exceptionally gifted conductor, Rita Paczian has earned a growing reputation world-wide for bringing an electrifying balance of musicality, intellect, technique and passion to her performances. She is extremely versatile and her musical interests and professional experience embrace a repertoire spanning five centuries. Born in Germany and now residing in Auckland, Rita studied conducting, organ, harpsichord and voice in Dortmund and Lübeck and has conducted world-wide, directing leading orchestras in Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Britain, South Africa, America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She has been Musical and Artistic Director of Bach Musica NZ (www.bachmusica.com) since 1994. Rita is known for the high standard of her performances and many of her concerts have been broadcast. As well as conducting orchestras and choirs, Rita is sought after internationally for her highly acclaimed Conducting and Singing workshops.

Gina Sanders – Soprano


After completing extensive studies in piano, voice, theory, musicology, pedagogy and languages in Australasia, Gina became the first NZ musician to be awarded a Rotary International Graduate Scholarship, undertaking post-graduate studies in Germany. With a repertoire of over 60 operatic and oratorio roles, she has appeared as a soloist with every major choral society, orchestra and opera company in NZ and in fifteen countries worldwide. She has released four CDs, is a NZ Concert FM national recording artist and a highly accomplished and sought after teacher and adjudicator (www.ginasanders.net).

Dr. John Green

Dr John Green

DR JOHN GREEN brings to the Board a lifetime of professional experience in science, music and personnel management. He graduated from Auckland University as the most distinguished student in the School of Science and went on to become Associate Professor in Biological Sciences and Pro-Dean of Science & Technology at the University of Waikato, teaching Zoology, Ecology, Evolution and Physiology. In his specialty of Freshwater Ecology he conducted research in New Zealand, Australia and Canada, published in excess of 75 journal articles and book chapters, and supervised more than 40 doctoral and master theses. In his parallel career as a free-lance oboist he has performed as an orchestral player, chamber musician and concerto soloist, mainly in New Zealand & Australia, with many groups including Bach Musica NZ, the Opus Chamber Orchestra, Ekklektika, Camerata Queensland, the Suncoast Sinfonia, Hausmusik.com, Queensland Baroque, the Queensland Bach Society and AKBarok (now NZBarok). In recent years he has specialized as a baroque oboist, performing 17th and 18th century music on instruments of the period, mainly with Hausmusik NZ In addition to performing, John has for many decades been actively involved in the management of various musical organisations. www.nzhautboy.com, www.hausmusiknz.com