Upcoming Concerts




Women in Black Trio
Thunder Bay Chamber Music

Women In Black

Susan Korstanje, Violin; Mary Welby, Cell; Margaret Hawkins, Fute 

The Lake Superior Art Gallery, are pleased to announce a series of concerts in our gallery. 

Women in Black For 14 years Women in Black have been delighting audiences in Thunder Bay and the surrounding areas at special events and in concert.  With a wide variety of musical styles,  Margaret Hawkins(flute), Susan Korstanje(violin) and Mary Welby(cello) look forward to presenting an evening of familiar favourites from Bach to Beatles, with original compositions from composer/arranger David Hawkins. 

The Women in Black look forward to presenting a varied program  at the Lake Superior Art Gallery on October 10.

Lake Superior Art Gallery is pleased to host this evening’s concert.

Violinist Susan Korstanje is active in the Thunder Bay musical community as a conductor, violinist and vocalist.  She has an M.A. in musicology from University of Toronto, and an Honours B.A. in music and secondary education from Calvin.  She studied violin under William Patterson and Anna Svirsky, voice under Trudy Huisman-Huizinga and Trena Haan, and conducting under Howard Slenk, Anton Armstrong, and Rene Clausen.   
Over the years Susan has had the pleasure of performing as a violin and vocal soloist and in numerous ensembles.  She has sung in various choirs, among them the Calvin Capella Choir, Collegium Singers, University of Toronto Concert Choir, Rene Clausen Choral School, and others.  She toured Europe as a teen with the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony and Western Michigan Christian Youth Chorale and Orchestra, and later played violin with the Oratorio Society Orchestra, the Alumni Players Gilbert and Sullivan Orchestra, the Chatham Symphony (as assistant concertmaster and soloist), and as a community player with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.  Her love of early music prompted her to perform as a vocalist and on period instruments with the Collegium Musicum Early Music Ensemble at Calvin and the Consortium Aurora Borealis in Thunder Bay.  She has also been involved with a number of dramatic productions, as director of two fully staged school musicals, and as an actor, including the roles of Mary Magdalene in a 14th century liturgical drama with Toronto’s Poculi Ludique Societas and Ceres in The Tempest with Thunder Bay’s Cambrian Players.  

Susan has also been active for several decades as a conductor and teacher.  She has taught for school boards in Michigan, Indiana, New York, and both Chatham and Thunder Bay, Ontario.  She has conducted choirs of all ages, orchestras and instrumental ensembles in schools, camps and churches, and has taught private lessons in violin, voice, and theory.  She most recently completed a year as conductor of the Lakehead University Vocal Ensemble.

Susan is currently in her 20th season as conductor of the Lakehead Choral Group. She is a founding member of both the Women in Black trio and the To•ne vocal quartet, and performs regularly with Consortium Aurora Borealis.  Her day jobs include working as a secondary occasional teacher for the Lakehead Board of Education and the Thunder Bay Literacy Group, and as a proctor for Confederation College and Lakehead University.

Cellist Mary Welby is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music/ Toronto(A.R.C.T.performance Gold Medal for Canada), the University of Arizona(Bach. of Arts in Performance) and Orchestral Training Program/Toronto, where she studied with Principal cellists Marcus Adeney and Daniel Domb(Toronto), Lorne Munroe(New York),and Ron Leonard(Los Angeles). After performing at  festivals in Banff, Florida, Colorado and Vermont, Mary joined the Thunder Bay Symphony and appeared often with Consortium Aurora Borealis.

Currently Mary freelances in Thunder Bay and Toronto.  She has been delighted to perform many local groups including Magnus Theatre as the muse of Leonard Cohen, recording a Juno-nominated CD with "Jake", and  trio Women in Black.
Flutist Margaret Hawkins graduated from the Lakehead University in Music and Queen’s University in Education. She been a teacher at the Thunder Bay Christian School for the past 20 years. She has a husband and three children.
Born and raised in Thunder Bay Margaret has played flute with Women in Black for 14 years, she is involved with musical productions at the Christian school where she teaches and has recently performed with Consortium Aurora Borealis

Doors open at 7:30 with the concert beginning at 8 p.m.

Entrance to the gallery is through Justice Ave off Brodie Street.  Justice Avenue is the laneway between the new Consolidated Court House and Victoriaville Centre.   

 Link to the program

Next Concert: 
Thursday October 10, 2013
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15.00 at the door.


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