The American Prize, 2017

Manhattanvile College Choir and Women's Vocal Ensemble

"Messiah from the keyboard is very stylishly performed, with elegant phrase shapes, tuning, balances. 'And the Glory of the Lord' lovely, relaxed tempo. ...obvious care with vowel production and consonants. As the performance proceeds, good balances, tuning, excellent fioratura, energy and spirit. Really lovely."

Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra

"Maestro Cuk and violinist Angelo Xiang Yu were first rate collaborators with the orchestra providing both substantial body and excellent accompaniment for the soloist,"

"The Divertimento in E flat...Maestro Cuk and the orchestra carried it off beautifully"


Cultura Constanta, Mirela Stîngå, October 14, 2018

(translated from Romanian)

Teatrul Naţional de Operă şi Balet “Oleg Danovski”

“the musical conducting being provided by the conductor John Cuk from the United States of America.”

 “With a challenging score, for both soloists, orchestra and choir, assuming not only perfect vocal technique, but also a great emotional load, the "Requiem”transposed the audience, in a disturbing and uplifting atmosphere at the same time.”


The American Prize in Choral Performance


Youth and High School  Division


The American Prize in Conducting


Honorable mention

College/University Chorus Division