Consortium Aurora Borealis

Elizabeth Ganiatsos, Artistic Director
Northwestern Ontario's Chamber Music Group ~ Baroque and Beyond

Cheryl Dungan Cunningham

harp

Colleen Kennedy

oboe

Colleen Kennedy is Principal Oboe with the TBSO. She was born in Comox, B.C., moved to Ontario at an early age and grew up in Toronto. She studied music at the University of Western Ontario and at the Juilliard School in New York. Her teachers have included Harry Sargous, Robert Bloom and Richard Killmer.

In 2005, Colleen celebrated her 25th anniversary season with the TBSO. That year marked similar milestones with Consortium Aurora Borealis and teaching as a sessional lecturer in the Department of Music at Lakehead University. During her time in Thunder Bay, she has been active in the arts community. She has performed numerous concerti with the TBSO including those by Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Martinu, Bach and Mozart. She was a founding member of the Thunder Bay Chamber Players and, with Lise Vaugeois, administered Thunder Bay Creative Music Projects – an arts education initiative that received the Thunder Bay Regional Arts Council Arts Education Award in 1993. More recently she was part of a recording project for New Music North, which culminated in the release of a CD of contemporary music. Colleen will be performing concerti by Vivaldi with Consortium Aurora Borealis in February 2012.

In 1999, Colleen began to work for the TBSO administration – at first as an office assistant, later becoming Marketing Manager. She retired from that position in 2007 and now enjoys more time for the oboe and the pursuit of other interests including running, mountain biking and sailing.


Doris Dungan

flute

Doris Dungan is currently enjoying her 31st season playing flute and piccolo with the TBSO. Originally from Pennsylvania, she earned her B.Mus. and M. Mus. degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before becoming Assistant Professor of flute at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she was honoured with the Excellence in Teaching Award. Doris performed extensively as Principal Flutist of orchestras in Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama, as well as in recital and as a member of the Southern Arts Baroque Trio. Since moving to Thunder Bay,Ms. Dungan has appeared as soloist with the TBSO on both flute and piccolo, was heard nationally in recital on CBC Radio, and has regularly appeared as recitalist and with Consortium Aurora Borealis. She has taught flute, music history and music lit. at Lakehead University.


Elizabeth Ganiatsos

harpsichord, organ, violin, viola, recorder

Elizabeth has been Music Director/Artistic Director of Thunder Bay’s Consortium Aurora Borealis, which she co-founded, since 1979. She holds an Honour B.A. in Music History from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Arts from Harvard University, where she also completed Ph.D. coursework in Musicology, receiving numerous awards and scholarships throughout her academic career. From 1967 to 1974, she was a musician, and then, music director for the Poculi Ludique Societas, a University of Toronto mediaeval drama group. She has performed in early music groups, chamber ensembles, and orchestras in Toronto, Boston, New Haven, Kitchener, Sudbury and Thunder Bay. As a Sessional Lecturer in Music History at Lakehead University from 1976-88, Elizabeth specialized in the Mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. As a musician Elizabeth concentrates on harpsichord and organ, as well as viola and several mediaeval and Renaissance instruments. For 22 years she taught strings with the local Separate School Board. She studied with Winnipeg’s virtuoso harpsichordist Eric Lussier, with whom she has given several duo performances, most recently performing two J.S. Bach double harpsichord concerti. She is particularly interested in discovering and delving into lesser-known repertoire from the Renaissance and the Baroque, and in researching and assembling historically-themed programmes. Elizabeth has enjoyed exploring the organs and music of Venice, under the guidance of the organist of the Basilica of San Marco, Roberto Micconi, whose Canadian concert tour she organized in 2003. In July 2007 she gave an organ concert of 17th and 18th-century Venetian organ music on a historic instrument from 1765 at the Church of San Trovaso in Venice, joined by Canadian virtuoso violinist Jeremy Bell. She played two concerts at San Trovaso in May and June 2009, including a Purcell-Handel-Haydn-Mendelssohn Celebratory Concert, and returns to Venice for more performances in 2011.


Heather Morrison

piano

Pianist Heather Morrison has held the position of Principal Keyboard
with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for over three decades, and is
a lecturer in the Department of Music at Lakehead University, where she
teaches Piano Performance, Keyboard Literature, and coaches an
Instrumental Ensembles class. She also maintains the position of Concert
Co-ordinator and Faculty Pianist for Interprovincial Music Camp, held
annually in the Muskokas. Chamber music has always been central to her
life and she has enjoyed many collaborations with local, national and
international artists. Heather is a founding member of the trio “MuSiC in
Common” with clarinetist Peter Shackleton and hornist Derek Conrod,
appearing regularly in concert at the Stratford Festival and in Lakehead’s
“Lumina” concerts. In recent years engagements have included series
concerts at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Perimeter Institute in
Waterloo. Heather is also an active clinician and adjudicator, having been
engaged by music festivals stretching from Vancouver to Toronto.


Jeremy Bell

violin

Anative of Toronto, violinist Jeremy Bell earned a B. Mus degree from the University of Toronto, and from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he received his Masters and Doctor of Music. Dr. Bell is a recipient of numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and is a prize winner of the Eckhardt Grammatté National competition and the Conseil Québécois’ Prix Opus. He has studied with David Zafer, George Neikrug, Joyce Robbins, Metro Kozak and with members of the Orford, Juilliard, Tokyo, and Orion string quartets.  Joining  the Penderecki String Quartet in 1999, Dr. Bell is Artist in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University where he teaches violin and chamber music.

Described by The Toronto Star as a violinist who “agitates in the most intelligent and persuasive manner,” Bell has performed recently with the Penderecki Quartet at Wieczory Arsenale Festival in Poland, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Is Arti Festival in Lithuania, MBZ Zagreb, State Museum of Music in St. Petersburg, REDCAT/Disney Centre in Los Angeles, Roxy/NOD in Prague, Fundacion Juan March in Madrid, Jane Mallet Theatre in Toronto, Paris University 8, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Indiana University in Bloomington, Casalmaggiore and Rive-Gauche Festivals in Italy, Tovar Festival Venezuela, the Hong Kong Academy, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Banff Centre in Alberta, and the Chan Centre in Vancouver.

With the Penderecki String Quartet, Bell has recorded over 25 discs including the premiere Canadian recording of the Béla Bartók string quartet cycle and Marjan Mozetich’s ‘Lament in the Trampled Garden’ (winner of the 2010 JUNO Award for composition). From 2000-2007, Bell was the artistic director of NUMUS Concerts where he created several multi-media events at the Perimeter Institute and with Dancetheatre David Earle. He has performed a wide range of music, performing baroque with Consortium Aurora Borealis and Les Violons du Roy, Cuban jazz with Hilario Duran, as well as collaborating with pipa virtuoso Ching Wong, NYC’s DJ Spooky, and pop stars Jay-Z and Diana Ross.  In addition, Bell has performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, and as guest concertmaster with the Kitchener  Waterloo Symphony, the New Zealand National Symphony, and the Canadian Opera Company.

Dr. Bell plays an A.S. Bernadel violin (1854).


Kathlyn Stevens

violin

Marc Palmquist

cello

Marc Palmquist, Principal Cellist of the TBSO, has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Central America. He has been broadcast on NPR, CBC, and other networks. As a featured TBSO soloist, Marc has performed concerti by Bach, Boccherini, Bloch, Brahms, Dvorák, Fauré, Ginastera, Glazunov, Haydn, Ibert, Saint-Saëns, and others. Prior to joining the TBSO in 1985, he performed with the Queens Philharmonic in New York, the Florida Festival Orchestra in Boca Raton, performed on Broadway, and was on-call as a cellist with the historic Radio City Music Hall.

A native Minnesotan, Marc studied at St. John’s University, the University of Minnesota, the Juilliard, and Manhattan Schools of Music. In 1987, Marc and Deb (wife & clarinetist) toured Italy with members of the Metropolitan Opera in conjunction with the Teatro alla Scala. While on sabbatical from the TBSO in 1989-1991, Marc performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, one of the world’s finest. He has worked with one of the top ten orchestras in North America, the Minnesota Orchestra.

During the 1990′s, he summered in the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado where he was Assistant Principal Cellist in the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, collaborating with such brilliant performers as Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Lynn Harrell, and others.

Marc is a founding member of the local musical phenomenon ‘Musically Inclined’. This varied ensemble performs a wide variety of repertoire in many different settings. Often considered the ensemble of choice for local entertainment functions, it is unequalled in its level of polish, professionalism, and repertoire: www.musically-inclined.com.

Palmquist is an active chamber musician and teacher in Thunder Bay, has served as a sessional lecturer for Lakehead University’s Department of Music, and has appeared regularly with Consortium Aurora Borealis.


Merrie Klazek

trumpet

A native of Calgary, Merrie Klazek began playing the trumpet at age twelve and went on to complete a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the University of Calgary and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with the late Vincent Cichowicz. Merrie is active as a performer and recording artist in orchestral, chamber, solo, traditional and popular music.

Her musical travels have taken her around the globe. Highlights include performing with Pavarotti at the Spoleto Festival, Italy, a production at the Festival Contemporaire in Strasbourg, France, a performance of Mahler’s 5 Symphony in Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan Hall, a CBC broadcast of Shostakovich’s Concerto for piano and trumpet with Marc-Andre Hamelin and the TBSO, performances at the Stratford Festival, Hungary’s Niyrbator Festival, ITG 2008 “A Night of Principals”, the International Women’s Brass Conference 2010 and 2012, where she won 2nd place in the solo competition, over 30 solo appearances with various Canadian orchestras, as well as a variety of other solo performances.

Merrie has been principal trumpet with the Thunder Bay Symphony since 1999 and has held the same position with the Victoria Symphony (2005/06) and Orchestra London Canada (1996-99.) She has performed in the trumpet sections of over 10 of Canada’s top orchestras and teaches trumpet, performance skills and conducts the Wind Ensemble, at Lakehead University.

Merrie’s solo recording entitled “Songs to the Moon” with pianist Jennifer Snow has been featured on TVO’s Studio 2 and CBC Radio. She appears on numerous other recordings including four JUNO nominated CDs. Merrie enjoys the excitement of juggling motherhood and career, and performs around the continent with her husband, renowned Canadian Celtic fiddler Pierre Schryer.


Monica Whicher

soprano

Patrick Horn

viola

Patrick Horn is a violinist, violist, teacher, composer and arranger. He began his musical studies in Lafayette, California where he was a soloist with the Oakland and Diablo Youth Orchestras. He completed his Bachelor of Music at Rice University, studying violin with Camilla Wicks, viola with Csaba Erdelyi, and composition with Paul Cooper, Samuel Jones and George Burt. He earned his Master of Music in Viola Performance and Pedagogy under Peter Slowik at Northwestern University. Patrick’s compositions have received many public performances. He has also received numerous commissions from various performers, including such as the Halcyon Trio Oregon (Linfield College) and the Orion Ensemble (Chicago). His Black Tango was broadcast live by the Orion Ensemble on WFMT Chicago in May of 2006. Patrick is a private teacher of violin and viola and has taught at Merit Music and Upbeat Music in Chicago. He is currently a member of the music faculty at the Young Musicians and Artists in Salem, Oregon as well as maintaining a private studio in Thunder Bay. Patrick plays viola with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon.


Robert Van Wyck

flute, recorders

Robert Van Wyck was born in Hamilton, Ontario and began his music studies on the piano and recorder. He received a B.Mus. (History and Theory) from McMaster University in 1975 and a Licentiate in Flute Performance from McGill University in 1981. He extended his studies on modern flute with Robert Aitken and Marcel Moyse and on baroque flute and recorder with Hans-Olav Grosset, Stephen Preston and Bart Kuijken. He has performed in orchestras and chamber groups in Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton and Thunder Bay. Since retiring from school teaching he develops young flutists through the Suzuki Flute Program, sings in local choirs, performs in chamber music concerts and instructs at the LU Faculty of Education. When time allows he enjoys making lumber on his sawmill at camp, and then figuring out what he’s going to make it into. He has appeared with Consortium Aurora Borealis for the past 18 years, performing on various recorders, as well as on modern and baroque flute.


Thomas Cosbey

violin

Violinist Thomas Cosbey, Concertmaster of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra since 2007, began his career with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and later served as Principal Second Violin of Sinfonia Toronto. In his most recent solo appearance he performed Moazart’s A major violin concerto with the Thunder Bay Symphony; he has also been featured with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Toronto. As a chamber musician he has collaborated in concert with Gwen Hoebig, Paul Katz, Marc Durand, Steve Dann, and others.

Growing up in Regina, Thomas’s first studies were with Ernest Kassian, and later with Dr. Howard Leyton-Brown, former Concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra. Though he has had the pleasure of studying briefly with a number of wonderful teachers, including Pinchas Zukerman, Lorand Fenyves and Mark Fewer, his formative studies were completed at the Glenn Gould School with violinist Erika Raum.


William Maddox

organ

Ontario Arts Council