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 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 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.
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.
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.
Principal Viola of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Canadian violinist Michelle Zapf-Bélanger is a performer and music teacher based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. This is her fourth season performing as a section violinist with the Thunder Bay Symphony.
Born in Montréal, Ms. Zapf-Bélanger grew up in Toronto, and is a graduate of the Etobicoke School of the Arts and the Young Artist’s Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She holds a Performance Diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Ms. Zapf-Bélanger performs frequently with Consortium Aurora Borealis. She has toured internationally with Quartetto Constanze, an all-female string quartet praised in the press for having “a maturity beyond their years, with most impressive, tight ensemble playing.” On a recital tour of Iceland in 2006, the group premiered String Quartet No. 1 by Thordur Swineburne on Icelandic radio.
Ms. Zapf-Bélanger plays on a beautiful English violin from the workshops of W. E. Hill & Sons. She is celebrating her violin’s centennial anniversary this 2011.
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.
Pierre is one of Canada’s leading traditional fiddlers. JUNO nominee, Canadian Folk Music nominee, and celebrated performer and producer, Pierre has established himself as a gem on the music scene among fans and fellow musicians. He was immersed from an early age in the Franco-Ontarian traditions of his heritage, through multiple fiddle competitions along with his triplet brothers. The Schryer Triplets recorded 2 albums and appeared several times on the “Tommy Hunter Show.”
As a solo performer Pierre has received numerous titles and awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, Violoneux Championnat, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion. Over the last decade, Pierre has released six solo recordings on his own label, New Canadian Records, of which “Blue Drag” was honoured with a nomination at the 2004 JUNO Awards for best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year, and “Mélange” was nominated at the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Instrumental Solo Album of the Year.
Pierre has shared the stage with many colleagues in the traditional music scene including Natalie McMaster, members of Leahy, Jane Bunnet, the Barra MacNeils, Ashley MacIssac, Liz Carroll, Matapat, Club Carrefour, La Bottine Souriante, Altan, Old Blind Dogs, Chieftains and others. He has performed with numerous symphony orchestras across Canada with his acclaimed Symphony Pops show.
Pierre is the creator and artistic director of the “Canadian Celtic Celebration”, a three-day festival presented in Thunder Bay, Ontario each June. A native of Northern Ontario, Pierre is proud to continue planting roots in the north with his wife, TBSO’s prized trumpeter Merrie Klazek, and their lovely children, Kyran and Tamsyn.
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.
Cellist of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
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.
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.