Where did they end up?

Nicholas Kostetsky, from whose archival collection most of the images in this exhibit were taken, left the Chorus and settled in western Pennsylvania. He worked for many years as the garden caretaker at Elm Court, the mansion of businessman and philanthropist Benjamin D. Phillips in Butler, PA, and at some point was ordained a priest. We know little else about his life. He died in 1971. The Kostetsky materials in our archive were recently donated to us by Lovie Tymkiw and Karen Sheptak of Butler, PA.

Nicholas Kostetsky

Nicholas Kostetsky

The Ukrainian National Chorus made one final tour of the US and Canada in 1926-27. They then effectively disbanded, not having achieved the commercial success that they arguably deserved. Koshyts' himself settled in New York City, and spent summers in the 1940s in Winnipeg, where he died in 1944. His archival materials are at the Winnipeg Oseredok.

Portrait of Oleksandr Koshyts'

Oleksandr Koshyts'