Consortium Aurora Borealis

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

Ayano Hodouchi


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.

Damian Rivers Moore


Damian Rivers-Moore first played horn with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra nine years ago. He was pulled back and forth between the South and the North for the next few years, with the North winning out six years ago. He is now proud to have made a home here for himself, his wife, and his two Thunder Babies. Damian received his music performance degree from the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto where he studied with Christopher Gongos. Damian also trained with Derek Conrod at the University of Western Ontario and John Milner at La Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal. While away from his adopted home, Damian has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Operetta Theatre, the String and Wind Virtuosos of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. His first professional job was as First Horn with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Peoples Republic of China. Damian is also an active chamber musician. He is a member of the Tamarak Wind Quintet and Thunder Brass and recently has performed several concerts with organist Karen Holmes. He was delighted to premiere a new Sonata for Horn and Organ by Rachel Lauren at the 2011 conference for the Royal Canadian College of Organists in Hamilton.

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.

Gwen Buttemer


Iraj Tamadon-Nejad


Kathlyn Stevens


Mariko Kamachi Cosbey


Paul Sanvidotti


Peter Cosbey


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.

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