Tsukornyk, George

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Tsukornyk, George

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1891-1968

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George J. (Iurii. Ia.) Tsukornyk (b. 18 Apr. 1891, Zhuravna, Zhydachiv county-d. 15 May 1968, Ontario) was a Ukrainian Orthodox priest and teacher, composer and arranger of Ukrainian music, as well as a director of choirs through Canada. He received his musical education from the Lviv State Conservatory, and continued his studies in Vienna. With the outbreak of World War I, he fought on the Austrian front, and from 1919 with the Ukrainian Galician Army. Taken prisoner, Tsukornyk organized choirs for camps at Dombie and Landshut. He immigrated to Fort William, Ontario, Canada in 1927, and held his first concert there on 10 May 1927. His ordination to the Orthodox priesthood took place in 1937. Tsukornyk went on to direct choirs in Edmonton, Alberta (1927-1928, 1937); Daufin, Man. (1929-1930); Kenora, Ont. (1930-1931); Winnipeg, Man. (1931-1934); Toronto, Ont. (1935, 1936, 1938, 1950-1954); Sydney, Nova Scotia (1939-1942); Hamilton, Ont. (1942-1944); Grimsby, Ont. (1943); various cities of Ohio and Wisconsin (1945-1948); Kirkland Lake, Ont. (1949-1950); St. Catherines, Ont. (1955); Grimsby, Ont. (1956-1960); Scarborough, Ont. (1960, 1961); Waterford, Ont. (1961-1963); Niagara Falls, Ont. (1963-1964); St. Catherines, Ont. (1965-1966); Sault Ste Marie, Ont. (1965); and Oshawa, Ont. (1966-1968).

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