Bassa Philip


Pylyp Bassa (27 November 1889, Lysynychi village, now Pustomyty district, Lviv region - 23 November 1961, Montreal, Canada) was a Ukrainian actor, conductor, violinist, musicologist, and amateur singer. Husband of Olga Bassa.

He was born on 27 November 1889, in the village of Lysynychi (Kingdom of Galicia and Volhynia, Austro-Hungarian Empire, now Pustomyty district, Lviv region, Ukraine).

In 1915-1917, he was an actor, choirmaster, and conductor of the Ternopil Theatre Evenings theatre.

From December 1918, he was a sergeant major in the UGA.

In 1920, he returned to Ternopil; he taught music and singing, led the choir and orchestra at the Ukrainian gymnasium; taught singing at the women's seminary; founded choirs in the villages of Velyki Hai and Shliakhtyntsi (now Ternopil district).

In 1929, he emigrated to Canada (Montreal). He organised choirs and orchestras, taught music at a French university and schools.

In 1943-1945, he was a brass bandmaster in the Canadian army. He studied the possibility of using music in medicine in the treatment of seriously ill patients.

He died on 23 November 1961 in Montreal.

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