Olivia Korosak is a Canadian composer and performer who first began her musical journey at age four studying piano and voice under the Royal Conservatory of Music. Graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University, Olivia has obtained an Honours Bachelor Degree in Music with a Performance Diploma in Classical Voice studying from the studio of Lita Classen. Olivia also holds a Minor in Theatre and Film Studies, which has allowed her to practice her performance skills as well as compose music and sound design shows. Olivia is a member of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and The Association of Canadian Women Composers.
Olivia began 2023 composing and arranging the music for artist Shamba Amani's reggae inspired EP, byondi which will be released on all major streaming platforms February 2024, following the release of his debut single Wen I Com which was released November 2023. Olivia was hired by Theatre by the Bay to compose the main theme and score their 20th anniversary documentary which premiered July 7th 2023 at the Five Points Theatre. Olivia has been working with students at Canadore College, scoring the music for the short film Rejects written and directed by Carlos Monero and composing the music for the short film Jade and Konni written by Keira Uriarte and directed by Oaklee Dumont. Olivia was commissioned by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board to compose a concert band piece for their students that will be performed during the 2023-2024 school year. Most recently, Olivia scored the short film Deadly Retreat which is completing in the Toronto 48 Hour Film Festival.
2022 was a busy year for Olivia. She began the year composing the score for Marjo Johne's short film titled Isle of You, and later went on to compose the score for the short film A Fresh Start, written and directed by Melissa Karas. Olivia was commissioned by LAUDEM Canada to compose the organ piece, Morgan’s Organ for their anthology. Morgan’s Organ premiered in Montreal on Sunday May 15th 2022 and has continued to have performances in Québec and Finland. Olivia wrote and recorded the score for the play, Whose Vagina is it, Really? which premiered in the Toronto Fringe Festival July 2022 at the Al Green Theatre.
In 2021, Olivia composed the score for the short film and podcast Unknown Caller, written and directed by Kat Law. Unknown Caller was a finalist in the 2021 Boden International Film Festival. Following Unknown Caller, Olivia scored the short film DNA written and directed by Sandy Daley.
In 2019 Olivia composed an orchestral piece, Ruddle of Flakes for the Burlington Symphony Orchestra which was performed at their A Christmas Spectacular Concert. In the Fall of 2019 Olivia held a concert titled my voice(s), featuring her own works performed by musicians from the Greater Toronto Area. In 2018 Olivia was commissioned by the McNab Presbyterian Church Choir to compose a piece in honour of their late Choir Director, John Repchuck. You’re Spirit Will Always Live On was performed by the McNab Choir during the Remembrance Day Mass.
Olivia is currently scoring a new feature film set to premier in late 2024; she is also working on the new musical Me, Myself and I.
To me, composing is a balance of free creativity mixed with an analytical approach of studying the narrative the music will be supporting. From the instrumentation, to the harmony, rhythm, tempo, I take all aspects of the music into consideration to compose tunes that authentically tell a story.
As a proud Canadian I have been honoured to compose music for many Canadian stories as I strongly feel our voices should be heard and celebrated.
I am always looking to work with other musicians, creators and performers! Please contact me if you are interested in collaborating on your project; whether is be a theatre or film score, concert band commission, choral arrangement, recording... I enjoy working in various mediums and genres of music!