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Musicians from across the island are congratulating Dr. Jakub Martinec on his recent national award.
Read the wonderful messages below:

“Such well-deserved recognition of your contribution to the choral community in Newfoundland and Labrador!! Gratulujeme, Dr. Jakub Martinec!!”
Dr. Valerie Long, Director of Les Ms. , Holy Heart Alumnae Choir and Let’s Make a Choir

“Congratulations Jakob! Your work across the province is second to none. Keep up the good work. Our province is lucky to have you.”
Michael C. Snelgrove
Conductor/ Artistic Director – Cantus Silva Women’s Choir, Grand Falls – Windsor
Former Conductor – Maple Buds ( Girl’s Choir ), Memorial United Church Junior Choir, Exploits Valley High Chorale, Cambiata Girls Choir.

"Congratulations Jakub! What a great honour bestowed upon you!"
Marc David
Music Director and Principal Conductor
Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra

“Jakub has added so much to the choral music mosaic in our province. Singing has always been important here, and Jakub's passion, knowledge and pursuit of excellence is evident in everything he touches, and singers here reap the benefits. I count it a privilege everytime I work on a project with Jakub! BRAVO on receiving this award!!”
Wendy Woodland, Soprano

“Congratulations to Jakub on winning this prestigious award. Canada has benefited enormously from his immeasurable artistic contributions, and he has enhanced and enriched our community through his talent, innovation and creativity.“
Cheryl Hickman
General and Artistic Director
Opera on the Avalon

“Congratulations Jakub!!! Your wonderful presence among us here continues to be such a source of inspiration for which I am beyond grateful.”
Duane Andrews (Composer/Guitarist)
St. John’s, NL

“My daughter, Rubyanne had the privilege and honour of working with Jakub Martinec in the Memorial University Festival Choir and Chamber Choir. He was her mentor as well as her choir director. His guidance, kindness, and expertise is something she will carry long into her own musical career.”
Anne Whelan, Music teacher and conductor
Carbonear, NL

“What truly sets Jakub apart is his complete dedication to his singers. Under his direction the choir makes music on the highest possible level. He also has a great sense of humour!”
Esther Oosterbaan, BMus, Amsterdam Conservatory
Vocal coach Atlantic Boychoir, Stephenville

“Jakub’s openness and encouragement of community partnerships have been a source of inspiration. Bravo!”
Dr. Claire Wilkshire
Conductor/cheffe de chœur
Chorale La Rose des vents

“Jakub has done an amazing job in successfully integrating the European Boy Choir tradition to our Canadian musical culture. Congratulations on your wonderful achievement. You have made us very proud!!!!”
Grant Etchegary
Calos Youth Orchestras

"Dear Jakub; Congratulations! So glad you're receiving this national award to recognize all that you've brought to our community since you arrived on our shores. We are so lucky to have you! "
Jennifer Johnson,
St. John's, NL
Violinist/ Designated Teacher Trainer, Body Mapping( ABME)

“It is a great privilege to share stages with Jakub. His monumental standard of performance excellence is exceeded only by his commitment to creating the most enriching and empowering experiences imaginable for his young singers and colleagues, and cultivating a beautiful environment of mutual respect and lasting friendships.”
Dr. David Chafe
Pianist, Music Educator

“I would like to congratulate Dr. Jakub Martinec on this most prestigious award for his continuous commitment to high choral performance and literature standards in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Dr. Jennifer Matthews
Artistic Director
Bay of Islands Musical Arts
Corner Brook, NL

“Cantus Vocum and I share an enthusiastic round of applause for Jakub. Your dedication to choral music in Newfoundland and Labrador has been outstanding since your first semester at Memorial. This award reaffirms our pride as your students/singers realize their potential through your teaching.”
Chad Stride, Conductor
Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir
St. John’s, NL

“Jakub Martinec is a musical visionary! His gift for choral music making and vast knowledge of the history of this art form, has made a tremendous impact on our province of NL! Bravo Jakub!”
Susan Quinn, Conductor
St. John’s, NL

“Being a foreigner myself, I am thankful to have had you, who know the struggles of being away from home, as my mentor during my study at MUN. Congratulations on this remarkable recognition!”
Yohei Sakai, Conductor
St. John’s Gay Men Choir
St. John’s, NL

"Congratulations, Jakub! A well-deserved accolade for bringing the beautiful sounds of boys and men singing together to Newfoundland and Labrador. Wishing you all the best- from the Atlantic String Quartet "
Atlantic String Quartet

“Jakub is an extremely dedicated teacher and director. We have seen firsthand from him the amount of skill, work, and commitment it takes to bring high caliber choral musical experiences to boys and young men from all over Newfoundland and Labrador. It is wonderful to see Jakub’s hard work being recognized at the national level. We are so happy for him! Congratulations, Jakub!”
Aiden and Alana Hartery
Music teachers, Grand Falls-Windsor

“Dr.Martinec gives young boys from across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador an opportunity to experience the joy of singing.”
Dr. Maxine Stanley
Conductor, Bel Canto Singers
Grand Falls - Windsor, NL

"Congratulations Jakub on this incredible achievement. We all thank you for your tireless work promoting and shaping singing (especially male singing) in this province."
Robert Colbourne
Music teacher, Holy Heart High School
St. John’s, Bay Roberts, NL

“It is always such a pleasure to work with Jakub as he is a treasure. He inspires young people to sing! What a gift!”
Shelley Neville and Peter Halley
Spirit of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL

“Heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Jakub Martinec on winning this important national award! We are fortunate and grateful to have you here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Your passion and enthusiasm for your work is contagious! It is always a pleasure working with you and your wonderful choirs.”
Deantha Edmunds, Inuk soprano, poet and composer
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