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Memorable Manitobans: Lillian Jeanette Karpynka Kushniaryk (1933-2014)

Musician.

Born at Winnipeg on 8 March 1933, daughter of Theophil Karpynka (1901-1969) and Julia Zuk (1909-2007), after receiving degrees in piano and voice from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, she received a degree in piano from the Royal Schools of London (England) and a certificate from the Canadian Bureau of the Advancement of Music in Toronto. During the course of her musical education, she studied piano with Boris Roubakine (Toronto) and Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté, and voice with Nina Dempsey and Gladys Whitehead. She was a distinguished musician, pianist, accompanist for singers and violinists, and a teacher of piano, voice and music theory, examiner, adjudicator, and workshop clinician. She taught theory and keyboard classes at the University of Manitoba, and conducted classes in Group Piano Instruction Techniques and supervised piano classes in public schools across western Canada. She taught piano and voice privately in her home. She co-produced, wrote, narrated, and accompanied soloists for a Ukrainian radio program. She was also a vocal coach and accompanist in Winnipeg Ukrainian theatre. She served as President of the Winnipeg branches for the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Toronto Conservatory Alumni. On 13 August 1966, she married Ernest Robert Kushniaryk (1925-2009) and they had a daughter. She died at Winnipeg on 4 September 2014.

Sources:

Obituary [Theophil Karpynka], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 February 1969, page 24.

Obituary [Julia Karpynka], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 September 2007.

Obituary [Ernest Robert Kushniaryk], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 September 2009.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 2014.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Elsie Shamota.

Page revised: 20 April 2019

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