2020 Guest Conductors

Dr Jakub Martinec - Adult Choir

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Dr Jakub Martinec is director of choral activities at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada, the founding artistic director of the Atlantic Boychoir – the first Provincial choir of boys and young men in Canada and the artistic director and conductor of the National Boychoir of Canada (NBCC).

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 conductor of the Boni Pueri boys’ choir (2000 – 2010) and founding artistic director of the Czech Boys Choir (2010 – 2014), 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. His latest CD featuring Rutter’s masterpiece Gloria was released in October 2018.


Dr Martinec has performed with eminent orchestras, ensembles and musical personalities in some of the world’s most famous concert halls and cathedrals , including Meistersingerhalle, Nürnberg, Germany (2005, 2009, 2011, 2017), 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 Rudolfinum 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, 2019), Pemulwuy, Australia (2014), European Festival of Youth Choirs „Giuseppe Zelioli“, Italy (2014, 2016, 2018), Podium, Canada (2014), ACE – Asian Conference on Education, Japan (2015), ISME, UK (2016), Education Research Symposium – Merton College, Oxford, UK (2018).

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Dr Anthony Trecek-King - Youth A Choir

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Dr. Anthony Trecek-King is the President and Artistic Director of the award winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC). Under his direction, the chorus has earned a reputation as an ensemble of high distinction, and in 2013 received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the White House. Trecek-King’s performances have been heralded as possessing a “surprising range of dynamics and depth of expression.” He has collaborated on performances with Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Simon Halsey, Yo Yo Ma and Roomful of Teeth and has led BCC in performances at Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Royal Albert Hall in London. He is a frequent guest conductor for All State, Festival and Honor Choirs. In addition to Trecek-King’s conducting work, he can be seen on air and online on the Emmy Nominated WGBH television series Sing That Thing, and two TEDx Boston talks. He holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the Florida State University, and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the Boston University.

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Paul Holley OAM - Youth B Choir

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Paul Holley is a choral conductor and educator. His personal warmth and passion for choral music have inspired many singers to discover and develop their skills and achieve personal fulfilment as choral musicians. With over 25 years of teaching experience in secondary schools and many years of working with adult community choirs, Paul knows how to connect with singers of all ages and enjoys collaborating with them in the music making process. 

 

Paul is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he studied choral conducting with Dr John Nickson. 

 

Presently Paul is the Associate Director of Voices of Birralee and conducts two ensembles, The Birralee Blokes and Resonance of Birralee. The Blokes have been bringing young men together to sing since 2003. In addition to enjoying their music making and inspiring audiences they have been successful in the ABC Choir of the Year Competition in 2006 winning the overall and People's Choice awards and were also Choir of the World at Kathaumiwx in 2012. 

 

Resonance of Birralee, a choir for young adults has toured nationally and internationally most recently to perform at Anzac Centenary Commemorations in France and Belgium. They have also enjoyed making several recordings and perform regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra. 

 

Paul is also the co-conductor of the national youth choir Gondwana Chorale that in January 2019 toured the UK and the Baltics, and have previously toured the UK, USA and NZ. 

 

As a choral educator, Paul is dedicated to excellence in choral education and regularly features as guest conductor/clinician at festivals, conferences and music competitions at home and abroad. He also contributed a chapter to the book Male Voices: Stories of boys learning through making music (S D Harrison, Ed, 2009, ACER). 

 

In January 2016, Paul was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to choral music. 

 

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Jenny Moon - Treble Choir

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A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music majoring in piano, Jenny has been a Primary and Secondary Classroom Music specialist for over 20 years. 

As Head of Choral and Vocal Studies at Hillcrest Christian College, on the Gold Coast, she directs 9 of the 12 College choirs and is the artistic director of the Hillcrest Children’s Choir who, in 2013, were invited to represent Australia at the 5th International World Vision Children’s Choir Festival.

Jenny's successful participation at state, national and international events such as Q150 Songbridge, ANCA Choralfest, Next Generation Sings and various competitions, such as the Australian National Eisteddfod and the Concorso Corale Internazionale, support her emergence as a highly regarded children's choir conductor, adjudicator and choral workshop clinician.

She has been a guest conductor at a wide range of events including the acclaimed Gondwana National Choral School, State Honours Education Programs at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and various choral festivals in Queensland and New South Wales. 

 

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