Michael Kurek is the winner of the 2021 Frances Seaton Choral Composition Competition for his composition, Lord of All Being.
Denis Michael Kurek’s fascination with music began in high school when he was convinced to step in to play the King in the annual Christmas Pageant. With further encouragement, he became a chorister in the men and boys’ choir at St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Buffalo, New York, where he was introduced to the exciting world of organ and choral music. When he emigrated to Toronto, he quickly became a member of various choirs, including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, St. Thomas Anglican Church, and later, Metropolitan United Church.
Michael spent time in Italy and later in England studying music at the Guildhall School, and was a member of the BBC Chorus. This was followed by a Bachelor of Music (Church Music) degree from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, where he studied composition with H. Barrie Cabena, who still remains a mentor and good friend.
Michael holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Trinity College in Toronto and a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from the University of Winnipeg. He is currently a member of Young United Church choir under the direction of Lottie Enns-Braun.
Michael’s musical language takes into account his vast choral experience. Appropriate voice-leading and complex harmonic textures are always at the forefront of his musical style.