Consortium Aurora Borealis

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

Heather Morrison


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.

Thomas Cosbey


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.

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