OUR UNIQUE HISTORY

The International Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1957 as a result of the amalgamation of the Port Huron String Ensemble (Michigan) and the Little Orchestra Society of Sarnia. Both communities realized they were too small to establish and support separate orchestras, but believed that a collaboration might work. Indeed it did, and so began the rich international co-operative venture that continues to this day. From a humble inception of only two concerts a year, the orchestra’s activities have evolved to a pre-pandemic season of twelve Series performances, several Cushion Concerts, Chamber Presentations, youth education concerts and a number of community events.

The International Symphony Singers were added in 1984 to facilitate the inclusion of oratorio, opera, Broadway and musical theatre into the orchestra’s programming options. Since that time, the Symphony Singers have added a new texture to the organization, taking part in several concerts each season.

In fall 2019 The ISObar, a downtown Sarnia performance/rehearsal/gallery space, opened and was home to regular live music performances for intimate area audiences. The intercession of Covid19 necessitated a shift in ISO operations, which have included; The ISObar Sessions, filmed episodes of ISO orchestra members performing in the ISObar space with singer-songwriters; the summer 2020 Thru The Looking Glass series, which placed musicians in the ISO front window for 10 Saturdays; and the Nexus Chamber Series, an online season of empty hall chamber performances on both sides of the Canada-US border.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT
Mark Lumley
FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT
Scott Metzner
SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT
TBA
TREASURER
Patricia Owens
SECRETARY
Bob Nelson
PAST PRESIDENT
John Coury
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Anthony Wing
MUSIC DIRECTOR
Douglas Bianchi
CHORAL DIRECTOR
Dr. David Troiano
CONDUCTOR EMERITUS
Jerome David Summers

BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. John O'Mahony

Robert Williams

Jane Anema

Raymond Emond

Richard Lloyd

Thomas Andison

ISA Sarnia

Madelyn Best – President

ISA PORT HURON AREA

David Schwartz – President

Orchestra and Singers Representatives

Vic Cichonski

Janet Carmody

Patricia Owens

Sharon Terpstra

CONDUCTOR & MUSIC DIRECTOR

Douglas A. Bianchi, Conductor and Music Director.
- Photo by Lou Sprenger

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Douglas Bianchi holds a Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Oakland University. Prior to his position as an Associate Professor of Music for the past two decades at Wayne State, Douglas Bianchi taught in the public school sector, during which time he earned the title of “Teacher of the Year” (1987). His extensive conducting experience includes work in orchestral, choral, symphonic band, chamber, ballet, and musical theatre genres.

Orchestras he has led include: the Southfield Symphony; Lake St. Clair Symphony; Royal Oak Symphony; the Warren Symphony; the Wayne State Symphony, as well as international guest conducting collaborations with the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra; considered one of the finest orchestras in Bulgaria, and the Otsu Philharmonic Orchestra of Japan. Maestro Bianchi also directed the highly regarded Warren Concert Band for twenty-five years

During a recent sabbatical from the University, Maestro Bianchi conducted a performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Romania; he authored a textbook for advanced conducting courses, and as an enthusiastic composer, whose works have been performed by a number of ensembles, he is a member of the Society of Composers, Inc

CONCERTMASTER

Our Concertmaster Sander Kostallari, originally from Albania, completed a scholarship degree at Wayne State University in 2000, graduating with a degree in violin performance. He studied violin with Geoffrey Applegate, orchestral and chamber music with Kypros Markou, and viola with Jim Vanvulkenberg. He has made solo appearances with Rochester Symphony and the WSU Symphony as well as the ISO, where he performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto in 2019. He is also a past winner of the WSU Concerto Competition winner (1996). He is also associate concertmaster at the Dearborn and Rochester symphonies, and a member of the Grand Rapids, Oakland and Warren symphonies.

THE ORCHESTRA

*denotes principal

FIRST VIOLIN

*Sander Kostallari
Caitlin Mason
Florina Petrescu
Randy Dibblee
Joe Deller
Victoria Banks
Erin Zuchniewicz
Sigmar Martin

 

 

SECOND VIOLIN

*Jason Bendler
Kelly Larochette 
Monica Jackson
Anida Margariti
Ethnee Roodt
Deborah Smith
Moria Eslinger
Vic Cichonski

VIOLA

*Stephen Collins
James Greer
John Wiebe
Heather Riggs
Judith Dewitt
Nancy Kreusel
Sharon Stoner

CELLO

*Tim Nicolia
Mauricio Betanzo
Christian Sands
Marcia Case
Micaela Muzzarelli
Ramon Garza

CONTRABASS

*Marlo Williams
Andrew Lloyd
Philip Rinke
Henri Gross
Steve Tremblay

CLARINET

*Blake Stevenson
Kristen Moreno

OBOE

*Ann Lemke
Alison Mahon
Amy Kesler
Mark Pinder

FLUTE

*Tessa Catton
Erica Gagne
Jackie Fornari

PICCOLO

Jackie Fornani

ENGLISH HORN

Amy Kesler

BASSOON

*Phelan Young
Denise Chaulk

HORN

*Dinah Bianchi
Caleb Courtney
Kate Stone
Christine Schofield
Luke Dickow

TRUMPET

*Ken Robinson
Patrick Hession

PERCUSSION

*Patricia Fisher
Mark Lumley 
Warren Elder
Steve Kegler

HARP

Laura Palmieri

PIANO

Victoria Banks

TROMBONE

*Ken van Ewyk
Anthony Berardi
Janet Carmody

TUBA

Anthony Flores

CHORAL DIRECTOR

Dr. David Troiano, tenor, organist, and choral director, holds a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Wayne State University, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from S.S. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, MI  and a Doctoral in Church and Organ Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a Choral Conductor,Troiano provided Musical Direction at the Bonstelle Theater (WSU) for several years. He has also served as Musical Director for several Community and semi-professional Theater groups. Since 1997, Dr. Troiano has been the Choral Director of the International Symphony Singers, whose repertoire is primarily taken from the OratorioLiterature. Since 2010, Troiano, who continues to perform regularly with the Comic Opera Guild of Ann Arbor, MI, has been seen conducting rarely – heard operettas for the Guild, which have also been recorded.

For over forty years he has served many church communities as music director and organist, conducting various choral and instrumental ensembles for worship services. He is currently a voice instructor at Wayne State University.

SYMPHONY SINGERS

The ensemble welcomes new voices! If you love to sing, please get in touch.


Open Auditions taking place next Season! Call (519) 337-7775 or (810) 984-8857 or email us [email protected]

ALTO

Anderson, Lenora
Chiles, Cecily
Corbett, Karen
Delsnyder, Sue
Graham, Nicee
Milligan, Tamara
Ohara, Trudy
Rigg-Garbaty, Barb
Tomiuk, Diane
West, Donna
Wildie, Siegie
Wist, Andrea

SOPRANO

Anema, Jane
Banks, Victoria
Broyles, Maria
Clarke, Charlotte
Denbak, Heather
Dunlop, Heather
Edwards, Sally
Kernohan, Carol
Kurtz-Alton, Anne
Nichols, Jill
Owens, Patti
Rozema, Lainey
Phillips, Mercine
Terpstra, Sharon

TENOR

Ciul, Tom
Norager, Tom
Wallace, Luke
Wallace, Mat

BASS

Bracewell, George
Emond, Ray
Goldberg, Lee
Hazely, Byron
Keyser, John
Priskorn, Dennis
Worthington, John

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Anthony Wing grew up in Sarnia and began piano instruction at the St Joseph’s School of Music’s convent. After consecutive music and political science programs at McGill University and University of Western Ontario, he was speechwriter for three Ontario governments and a federal leadership candidate; he later entered the foodservice industry and settled in Calgary while performing and teaching music. Anthony returned to the Sarnia area in 2016 and later succeeded Anne Brown as Executive Director of the ISO after her 30-year run leading the organization. He continues piano study and the Alexander method with Lawrence Pitchko in Toronto.

- Photo by Lou Sprenger

CONTACT US

International Symphony Orchestra

International Symphony Orchestra

170 Christina Street North, Sarnia, ON, Canada N7T 5T9
 
800 Harker St. Port Huron, MI, 48060
 
Mailing Address:
PO Box 610242 Port Huron, MI, 48061-0242

Office Hours – Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm

Telephone Canada 519-337-7775

Telephone USA 810-984-8857

Tickets [email protected]

General Inquiries [email protected]

Anthony Wing, Executive Director [email protected]

Elyse Duchesne, Marketing Manager [email protected] 

Jacqueline Ritchie-Hennick, Bookkeeper [email protected]