Consortium Aurora Borealis

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

Angela Park


Pianist Angela Park has established herself as one of Canada’s most sought-after pianists. She has won numerous awards in major competitions both at home and abroad, including the International Grace Welsh Prize for Piano in Chicago, World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Canadian National Music Festival, Honens International Piano Competition, and the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. As soloist and chamber musician, Angela has performed for such notable series as Montreal’s Pro Musica, Ottawa Chamberfest, Parry Sound’s Festival of the Sound, Winnipeg Virtuosi, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut Tours, CBC Onstage, Orchestra London Canada, Sinfonia Toronto, Stratford Symphony, and the Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico. She is a founding member of the award-winning Ensemble Made In Canada, the Mercer-Park Duo, and the Seiler Piano Trio. The 2013-2014 season will include a world premiere of John Burge’s Second Piano Concerto with Sinfonia Toronto, as well as recitals with such artists as clarinetist James Campbell, flutists Molly Barth and Susan Hoeppner, bassoonists Kathleen McLean and Bram van Sambeek, and violinist Judy Kang. In 2010 Angela earned her DMA in Performance from the Université de Montréal. Since 2011, Angela has been Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano-Woodwinds at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Colleen Kennedy


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.

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser


Born in Montréal, Québec, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser has primarily been a resident of Calgary, Alberta. While in Calgary, Daniel has been Artistic Director of Players Chamber Ensemble, Assistant Conductor of the Calgary Civic Symphony, Director of the University of Calgary All-City Wind Ensemble, Orchestral Director of Ambrose University College and teacher of music at Glenmore Christian Academy.

Daniel has worked with some of the foremost conductors of this generation, among them Dr. Glenn Price of the University of Calgary, Mark Hopkins of Acadia University, Clark Rundell of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Baldur Bronnimann of National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and, most recently, Rolf Bertsch of the Calgary Philharmonic. His studies at the University of Calgary earned him the Faculty of Fine Arts Gold Medal from which he went on to complete a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Fine Arts in Advanced Wind Conducting. After teaching for four years, Dan studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester England, where he earned the Royal Northern College’s James Kershaw Memorial Scholarship, Brierley Conducting Prize, David Frederick-Baker Memorial Prize and the degree, Master of Philosophy in Music Performance. While at the RNCM, Daniel completed a thesis on the compositional aesthetics of the Second Viennese School, studying with Dr. Douglas Jarman, Urtext Editor of the Berg Violin Concerto. Upon returning to Calgary, Daniel was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Calgary Civic Symphony, Director of Orchestra at Ambrose University College and re-appointed Artistic Director of Players Ensemble and Director of Bands at Glenmore Christian Academy. He has guest conducted the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and most recently, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Daniel’s musical journey began in Montréal, where he studied Piano, and continued in Calgary, where he subsequently studied the Tuba and the Cello. Daniel has performed as a founding member of Calgary’s Cascade Quintet and as a soloist with the University of Calgary Symphony Orchestra, University of Calgary Wind Ensemble and Alberta Winds. He is regularly a guest lecturer and soloist at the Vic Lewis Band Festival, Calgary Regional Band Festival in addition to adjudicating at music festivals around the province. Daniel began his Cello studies while in University, studying with Amanda Forsyth and subsequently with Kirill Kalmykov, John Kadz and Andrea Case. As a cellist, Daniel performs frequently with both modern and classical chamber groups, as well as with the Calgary Civic Symphony and First Alliance Orchestra.

In addition to performing, Daniel has been a pedagogue with most of the major music institutions in Calgary including Ambrose University College, Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary. Daniel’s introduction to teaching as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets eventually led to him spending nine wonderful years teaching music and a host of other subjects at Glenmore Christian Academy, a Fine Arts focused school in the Palliser School District of Southern Alberta. He has been Conductor of the Warrington Youth Orchestra, Junior RNCM String Symphony, and guest conducted the Calgary Youth Orchestra and Pfalzische Kreisjugend Orchester. He has continually volunteered with students whether in Canada or overseas; under the auspices of Teach Beyond, he has also worked in French and German, directing English camps in Switzerland and Germany.

Most recently, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded Daniel the Jean-Marie Beaudet award in Orchestra Conducting for his work with the TBSO during the 2012-2013 season.

Doris Dungan


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.

E-Chen Hsu


E-Chen Hsu joined the Thunder Bay Symphony in 1999 as a clarinetist and bass clarinetist. She completed her undergraduate studies in Clarinet Performance at the University of Western Ontario with Robert Riseling and Jerome Summers. E-Chen earned a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA with Russell Dagon. One of her favorite things since joining the TBSO has been collaborating with principal clarinetist Peter Shackleton. Together, they have performed in recital on the Friday’s at Noon (now 12:30pm) series at UWO and the LUMINA recital series at Lakehead University. In 2010 they performed Ponchielli’s Il Convegno with the TBSO on the Cabaret Series. An active chamber musician, Ms. Hsu has performed in chamber ensembles for the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society, with Consortium Aurora Borealis and New Music North in Thunder Bay. Her orchestral life outside of the TBSO includes playing with Winnipeg Symphony and the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. In 2006, E-Chen joined the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra in Iowa where she enjoys playing operas every summer. Ms. Hsu can be heard on “Conversations”, a recording of Keyboard and Chamber Music by John Bilotta and David Gaines, released 2010 available on and the New Music North “First Recording” released in 2008 available at E-Chen teaches clarinet 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.

Janelle Wiebe


Jennifer Bryan


Originally from Brandon, Manitoba, violinist Jennifer Bryan is currently enjoying her eighth season with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. After one year at the University of Western Ontario, Jennifer high-tailed it back to the prairies to complete her degree in Music Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Guillaume Tardif at her hometown university. In recent years Jennifer has had the pleasure to become a frequent performer with Consortium Aurora Borealis and to participate in various projects and events offered by Thunder Bay’s rich artistic community. She has appeared several times as duo partner to violinist Jeremy Bell.

Joseph Roy


Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Joseph (Joey) Roy received an Honours Bachelor of Music from Lakehead University in 1997, where he studied classical guitar with Sean Mundy. Under the guidance of Jeffrey McFadden, Joey received a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto in 2002, as well as an ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Joey has participated in many masterclasses, performing for such renowned artists as Jorge Morel, John Holmquist, Ricardo Cobo and Manuel Barrueco. In 2001 Joey was a semi-finalist in the Rantucci International Guitar Competition in Buffalo, New York. He has been a guitar adjudicator for the Kiwanis Music Festival in Brantford, Ontario. A session lecturer at Lakehead University, Joey also maintains a busy private studio and has been a featured performer in the university’s LUMINA concert series. In 2009 he collaborated with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Joaquin Rodrigo’s beloved Concerto de Aranjuez as part of the symphony’s Cabaret series.

Karine Breton


During her early training Karine attended several summer programs such as National Youth Orchestra of Canada, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Ohio Light Opera (Wooster, OH) Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara, CA) and Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo, Japan). Karine has also performed in concert with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke.

As a chamber musician, Karine was a co-founder of the Estria Woodwind Quintet (1997-2001). During those five years as a member of the quintet, the group commissioned and premiered several pieces composed by French Canadian composers such as Walter Boudreau, Robert Lemay and Denis Gougeon.

Also co-founder of the Éolia Woodwind Trio, conducted by Jason Caslor, she was a member of the ‘Group of Seven’, who performed the complete version of Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale and Michael Daugherty Dead Elvis for solo bassoon and ensemble.

It is with pleasure that since 2005 during the TBSO’s off-season, Karine returns to the Eastern Townships as the Student Concerts Coordinator of the Orford Arts Centre where in 1996 she was a student herself.

Kathlyn Stevens


Marc Palmquist


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:

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.

Martin Blanchet


Quebec-born Martin Blanchet learned violin and piano at an early age, and later studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec, completing a double bass minor degree in Jazz and Pop music, a master’s degree in Classical Interpretation, and a second master’s degree in Chamber Music. Currently Principal Bass of the TBSO, Martin has also held the chair of Assistant Principal Bass in Orquestra do Algarve in Portugal. He has performed with La Orquesta de Extremadura de Badajoz in Spain, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and also at the Opéra de Québec. In the summer of 2009, he was invited to perform the Dittersdorf Double Bass Concerto in Pommersfelden, Germany. Martin has taught double bass at the Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy in Québec and is presently a double bass instructor at Lakehead University. He enjoys playing Salsa and Bluegrass music with friends and colleagues.

Matthew Sellick


Patrick Horn


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.

Rachel Mercer


Described as a “pure chamber musician” (Globe and Mail) creating “moments of pure magic” (Toronto Star), Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer has demonstrated her love for sharing music through performance since she was three years old. Deeply rooted in chamber music, she brings to each performance a spirit of collaboration and a sense of the magic of the moment, whether playing in a small ensemble or with a full 80-piece orchestra. Winner of the 2009 Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Rachel was awarded the use of the 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius cello from 2009-2012. As the grand prize winner of the 2001 Vriendenkrans Competition in Amsterdam, Rachel made her European debut in the Concertgebouw and has appeared as a soloist across Canada, in Europe, the United States, Balkans and Israel. A member of the award-winning Aviv String Quartet from 2002-2010, Rachel toured regularly on five continents. Currently based in Toronto, Rachel is cellist of Ensemble Made In Canada, the Mercer-Park Duo, the Seiler Trio, and is Artistic Director of the “5 at the First” Chamber Music Series in Hamilton. Rachel has given masterclasses at schools, conservatories and universities across North America, South Africa and in Israel and can be heard on the Naxos, Dalia Classics and EnT-T record labels. Her second solo cd of the complete Bach Suites was released on Pipistrelle in March 2014.

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.

Susan Korstanje


Susan Korstanje is active in the Thunder Bay musical community as a conductor, violinist, and vocalist. She currently conducts the Vocal Ensemble at Lakehead University, and is in her 19th season as conductor of the Lakehead Choral Group. She plays violin in the trio Women in Black, sings soprano in the To•ne quartet, and performs regularly with the Consortium Aurora Borealis. Over the years she has had the pleasure of participating in numerous choirs, orchestras (including the TBSO), early music ensembles, and dramatic productions, including the roles of Mary Magdalene in a 14th century liturgical drama (Toronto’s Poculi Ludique Societas) and Ceres in The Tempest (Cambrian). She has degrees in musicology (M.A., U of Toronto), and music and secondary education (Honours B.A., Calvin). She has taught school and conducted choirs and instrumental ensembles in Michigan, Indiana, New York, and Ontario, and currently teaches for the Lakehead Board of Education.

To•ne, Thunder Bay’s professional vocal quartet, delights in singing music from the Renaissance and beyond. Based on the Latin word for thunder and an obvious musical allusion, the name To•ne reflects the quartet’s goal of bringing high quality vocal music to the people of Northern Ontario. The quartet was founded in 2010, after the original members had enjoyed singing together in a Consortium Aurora Borealis concert. To•ne presented its inaugural concert in April of 2011, followed by several more performances in Thunder Bay. In 2012 the quartet went “on the road,” presenting a concert on St. Joseph Island. Founding members Susan Korstanje and Nancy Berglund welcome Don Nixon and Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser for tonight’s concert.

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