Professor Michael Bezbatchenko was a life long member of St. Nicholas parish and in 1968 after the retirement of Alex Gryvnak, he became the parish choir director on a part time/full time basis. He led the choir at two of the three parish churches and also through the change of the church calendar as well as consecration of the new church building and more. Professor Michael Bezbatchenko directed with the support of his wife, Mary (Vronick) Bezbatchenko as well as their five children, Michael, Mark, Martin, Matthew and Myron (Frank). Professor Bezbatchenko announced his retirement at the annual meeting in 1985 serving his last liturgy as choir director at Pentecost of that same year.
Mr. Alex Gryvnak was St. Nicholas parish's first official choir director. The parish being founded in 1917, parishioners led the services until April of 1929 when Alex Gryvnak was hired on a temporary basis. Alex Gryvnak served on an extended temporary basis until his retirement in 1967. He also led the parish in two of it's three church buildings and in the first 50 years of existence, Alex Gryvnak served as choir director for 38 of those years. He served with the support of his wife, Ann (Shushura) Gryvnak and their three children David, Natalie and Claudia.