Artistic Team & Directors
Artistic Directors | Bio
Dr. Jakub Martinec
Dr. Jakub Martinec is director of choirs and assistant professor of choral conducting at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. Dr. Martinec holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Western Ontario and his research focuses on a comparison of European and North American perspectives on choral conducting as well as investigations of early Czech choral literature, and pedagogical strategies for teaching adolescent male singers.
Born in the Czech Republic, he was the founding artistic director of the renowned Czech Boys Choir, Dr. Martinec has recorded for national TV and Radio in the Czech Republic, and has directed on numerous CD‘s and DVD’s – his recording of Britten‘s A Ceremony of Carols received a Recording of the Month award by the London-based Classical Music Web in 2004.
Dr. Martinec has performed with eminent orchestras, ensem- bles and musical personalities in some of the world’s most famous concert halls and cathedrals , including Meistersingerhalle, Nürnberg, Germany (2005, 2009, 2011), Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, USA (2004), Winspear Hall in Edmonton, Canada (2006), Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada (2012), the Pantheon and the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome for the leaders of the Vatican (2009, 2010), Truro Cathedral, UK (2013) and regularly at the Rudol num Dvorak Hall and Smetana Hall in Prague. With his choirs, he performed the opening concert of choral cycle of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (2006), and has appeared at numerous international music festivals including The Prague Spring Festival (2004, 2005), European Festival of Youth Choirs „Giuseppe Zelioli“ (2003, 2012), AmericaFest International Festival for Boys’ & Men’ Choirs including the VIth World Choral Symposium in Minneapolis (2002), Festival d’Ambronay (2006), Mitte Europa (2008, 2009, 2013), and the highly acclaimed World Festival of Singing for Men and Boys (Prague, Hradec Kralove, 2004, 2008). Dr. Martinec is also often asked to be a guest clinician, adjudicator and presenter, e.g. Cornwall Male Choral Festival, UK (2013), Pemulwuy, Australia (2014), European Festival of Youth Choirs „Giuseppe Zelioli“, Italy (2014, 2016), Podium, Canada (2014), ACE – Asian Conference on Education, Japan (2015). In 2015 Dr. Jakub Martinec has been appointed for a three-year term as the Director of the Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music.
Jennifer Beynon- Martinec B. Mus., B. Mus. Ed., M. Mus., is a Ph.D. candidate in Music, Medicine and Education at Memorial University. She is a voice and music education graduate from the University of British Columbia and the University of Western of Ontario. She has been a member of many prestigious choirs, for example: the World Youth Choir and the Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir.
Jennifer has been a choral conductor and vocal pedagogue for over fifteen years in both Canada and Europe; having worked with prestigious organizations such as: St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, Ontario, the Amabile Boys Choir, the Bach Children’s Choir, and the prize-winning Czech Boys Choir. Jennifer was awarded the Don Wright Scholarship for Vocal Music (UWO, 2001), the Lloyd Bradshaw Scholarship in Choral Conducting (UofT, 2003) and most recently the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC, 2016).
Currently, Jennifer is the co-artistic director of the Atlantic Vocal Ensembles, assistant conductor of the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble and conductor of the CARA Choir in St. John’s, NL and a per-course instructor at Memorial University. Jennifer enjoys being active in the St. John’s community with her three children and husband, Jakub Martinec.