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The unique timbre of this singer and her surprisingly elegant vocal manner captivated the audience. Even without the title of People’s Artist of Ukraine and not having given a single concert in her historical homeland, Kvitka Tsysyk won eternal folk love and respect of Ukrainians on both sides of the Atlantic.
And in America, any resident knew the voice of Kvitka, despite the fact that she was never a star of show business.
Fate brought Kvitka Tsisyk’s parents to the United States of America. They met in the difficult years of World War II, got married in 1944, hid from the retreating German troops in Western Ukraine, and then the singer Kvitka Tsysykportyvannyh persons in the German city of Bayreuth ended up in a camp. In the same place, Vladimir and Ivanna had their first daughter, Maria. The family moved to the USA in 1949, where Vladimir Tsisyk became a co-organizer and teacher at the Ukrainian Music Institute in New York.
On April 4, 1953, a second daughter appeared in the Tsisykov family, who was called Kvitka. Her father masterfully played the violin, at one time he graduated from the Lviv Conservatory, so Kvitka began to study music from the age of four. As a child, she wanted to become a professional violinist like her father, but the desire for singing turned the fate of the girl in a different direction.
The youth of Kvitka Tsysyk passed in the atmosphere familiar to the Ukrainian emigrant family. On weekdays, she studied at a regular American school, and on weekends she went to the “School of Ukrainian Studies,” where her parents wrote to keep in touch with her homeland and Ukrainian traditions. By the way, the Tsysykov family always spoke the Ukrainian language and respected the customs of their people. In addition, most of the children of Ukrainian emigrants tried to get into youth plastonic organizations. singer Kvitka Tsisyk And no matter what income the family had, it was a matter of honor to set aside money for a summer camp for a child. The Tsisykov family was no exception.
At school, Kvitka was invited to solo in various groups. Of course, she began with the performance of country and jazz, because it was an American school. The elder sister, who later became a famous pianist, accompanied the young Kvitke, was the head of the San Francisco Conservatory and gave master classes in the famous Carnegie Hall.
From violin to vocals
Kvitka spent the summer of 1971 in Belgium at the European Opera seminar, winning a fellowship for an internship at the Ghent Conservatory. There she was lucky to study opera singing next to the stars of the New York Metropolitan Opera. She even sang in the production of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. This made it possible for the novice singer, the singer Kvitka Tsisyk, to observe top-level professionals directly. As a result of the internship, a solo performance by Kvitka Tsisyk took place, at which she received commendable reviews from the masters of the opera scene.
Returning to New York, Kvitka continued her violin studies at Mannes College. But in the end, vocal art outweighed, and the next year she moved to the class of academic singing. Later, Kvitka, recalling in an interview with her father, said that she inherited virtuoso technique from him, but she always dreamed of singing, therefore she feels guilty before her father for abandoning the violin.
Any musical genre was easily given to Kvitka, she had an almost unique coloratura soprano and studied vocals with the teacher Sebastian Engelberg, the keeper of the traditions of the Vienna Opera. In addition, Kvitka was able to sing with the so-called “white voice”. This is a peculiar manner of female folklore singing, which is common in the Carpathian villages. Later, Kvitka Tsysyk recorded several songs in this performing manner. Even during her studies, Kvitka Tsisyk came up with the pseudonym Casey, as a derivative of the initials of K. S.
Star of advertising jingles
When Vladimir Tsisyk died of a stroke in 1971, Kvitka was forced to earn a living. The young singer performed in clubs in New York and the singer Kvitka Tsysyksvoy constantly distributed her recordings to advertising agents and producers, worked as recordings on Radio Liberty and, in the end, it began to bring results. She turned off the opera path and desperately burst into the advertising business, where she was waiting for real fame.
Casey was regularly invited to commercial projects, she became a star of jingles, many heroes of commercials sang her voice. With the help of refined singing, Kvitki Tsisyk created an image for themselves and raised sales of world famous corporations. Casey, who began her career with opera singing, eventually turned into the owner of one of the most recognizable voices on the air. For many years she was the perpetual jingle performer of the automotive leader Ford. Soon, Kvitka became one of the highest paid singers in the advertising business.