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Michael Kositsky has been a composer and a teacher throughout his adult life. He received his Baccalaureate en Musique and a diploma in choral conducting from the University of Montreal (1968) and a diploma in Music Education from McGill University (1971). !

Notable performances include his Requiem for Cecilia, conductor, Kerry Stratton; the score for So Many Miracles, a documentary film shown at the Toronto Film Festival, written and directed by Saul Rubinek; A Mighty Cry, commissioned and performed by Chorus Niagara and Orchestra, conductor Robert Cooper and Songs Without Words performed by the Brock University Wind Ensemble, conductor Zoltan Kalman.

Most Sacred Night

by Michael Kositsky

SATB  a cappella    –    CP 1600   – 3:10  
“Dark, most sacred night; the breeze blows soft amid the desert air.” Choirs will be pleasantly impressed with the intuitive counterpoint in this lovely composition – ideal for any Christmas program.

Most Sacred night was originally set to a poem by Pushkin translated into Hebrew by the famous Israeli poet Rachel (pronounced Rachail). The Hebrew setting has never been performed but my wife Lynne, composed new lyrics in English, and the piece was premièred and recorded in 2013 by The Avanti Chamber Chorus conducted by Dr. Harris Loewen.

Pie Jesu

by Michael Kositsky

SSA   with piano    –    CP 1601   – 3:25  
Antiphonal writing makes this composition really special – perfect for children’s choir and also sufficiently poignant and challenging for women at any ago. 

Pie, Jesu – when my young student, Cecilia Zhang was murdered after being kidnapped in 2004, I wrote “Requiem for Cecilia” in her memory. The work was performed by the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra in 2007 with The Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and the High Park Choir conducted by Kerry Stratton. The entire score was intended for young people and the “Pie Jesu” has been performed several times on it’s own by the Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir.!