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Sonare is a year-long Young Artist Program sponsored by The Minuetto Music Festival and produced by The Continuo Arts Foundation. Designed to afford professional and aspiring young artists opportunities in performance, experience, and leadership, Sonare members serve as Artists-in-Residence throughout the season for the Continuo Arts Civic Chorale and are featured in concerts, cabarets, and The Minuetto Music Festival.

From vocal artists seeking a professional performance track to working musicians and teachers wanting an outlet for performance and networking, Sonare provide an outstanding platform for artistic growth, enrichment, and performance.

Sonare in Concert


Information  & Rehearsal Schedule
 Sonare - By Audition Only
Rehearsal: Tuesday
Time:           9:00 - 9:45
Location:    Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music
                      36 Chatham Road
                      Summit, NJ 07901
Contact:      908-264-5324  /


Information & Rehearsal Schedule
 Sonare - By Audition Only
Rehearsal: Tuesday
Time:           9:00 - 9:45
Location:    Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music
                      36 Chatham Road
                      Summit, NJ 07901
Contact:      908-264-5324  /
Simply Sonare - April 23rd
Simply Sonare

Date:        April 23, 2019
Time:        7:30 p.m.
Location: Continuo Arts Hall
                   36 Chatham Road
                   Summit, NJ 07901

Simply Sonare

The Call of Music - Spring Show  May 5th
The Call of Music - May 5th, 2019 Spring Show

Date:        May 5th 
Time:        7:30 p.m.
Location: Central Presbyterian Church
                   70 Maple Street
                   Summit, NJ 07901

Call of Music


Auditions for the 2017 - 2018 Season are open!  

 Audtion Information

 Audition Information:

Contact:    908-264-5324 to schedule Audition date & time
Location:  Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music
                    36 Chatham Road
                    Summit, NJ 07901
Audition Process: 
Perform:   Memorized song selection of choice - 24 measures
                    Optional:  two contrasting selections
                    Pitch Retention

Video Library

Enjoy a video review of major performances through the years:  Click Here

The Festival Pro Musica e Arte Sacra - Rome & Vatican City
Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra -  2016

Rutter's "Mass of the Children" Concert Video
Candace Wicke, Conductor
Jennifer Forni, Soprano
Keith Spencer, Baritone
The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus & Chamber Orchestra
 The Children's Choir of New Jersey
Roma Sinfionetta

Concert Finale: How Great Thou Art

2016 "Christmas Time in the City" Annual Holiday Concert Extravaganza!
"Christmas Time in the City" Annual Holiday Concert Extravaganza!

HTTV Concert Coverage: Click Here

Photo Album: Click Here
:        December 17th
Time:        7:30 p.m.
Location: Presbyterian Church of Westfield
                  140 Mountain Ave.

Usher in the season!  Join the hundreds of Continuo Arts Choir members, chamber orchestra, Santa, Soloists, surprises & more!
 CTIC 2016

2016 Sounds of Music - Spring Concert
Sounds of Music-Spring Concert 2016
Video Link: Click Here

Date: May 21, 2016
Location: Central Presbyterian Church
                   70 Maple Street
                   Summit, NJ  
Time:        7:30 p.m.           
Repertoire:  "Mass of the Children" John Rutter, composer
                         Symphonic Chorus, Orchestra & Soloists
                         20th Century Celebration, arranged by : Gilpin     
Artists:   Continuo Arts Ensembles: Children's Chorus, Chanticleers, Continuos, Singers, Civic Chorale, Sonare & Seniors Sing!
                 Continuo Arts Orchestra
                 Featured Soloists:
                 Conductors: Candace Wicke, Amanda Blutner, Nicolas Stelzer
                 Musical Theater Director: Samantha Ferrara
                 Accompanist: Lucas Barkley

Program: Click Here
Photo Album: Click Here
Sounds of Music 2016
The Historic Sistine Chapel Concert
 Concerto Cappella Sistina & Idyllic Ireland 2014

Date: February 13 -23. 2014
Location: Limerick, Waterford, Wicklow, Dublin, Rome, Vatican City, Assisi
Repertoire: Selections from "Requiem for my Mother" 
Composer:  Stephen James Edwards
Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus
Candace Wicke 
Mark Spencer
Rosemary Seimens

 Video Gallery :
Concert Video

Pre-tour Preview Concert Performance

The Sights & Sounds of our Preview Concert Courtesy of Hometowne TVClick Here for Concert Video!
Photo Gallery: Click Here
Postcard: Click Here
Poster:     Click Here

Pre-view Concert 2014

Date: February 11, 2104
Location: Central Presbyterian Church                    
                 70 Maple Street                    
                 Summit, NJ 07901 
Singers Call Time: 6:30 p.m.
Concert Time: 7:30 p.m.
Artists: The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus                
              With Singers from All Saints Princeton
Conductors: Candace Wicke                         
                      Beverly Coulter                         
                      Tom Colao
Harpist: Brother Mark E. Spencer
Violinist: Rosemary Siemens
Guest Soloist:  Mary Zilba       


2008 Inaugural Concert - Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra - "Requiem For My Mother"
 Inaugural Concert 2008:  "Requiem For My Mother"  Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra
Inaugural Concert Performance- Click Here
Requiem For My Mother Trailer- Click Here
Requiem For My Mother Documentary-
Click Here
Date: November, 2008
Location: Rome & Vatican City
Repertoire:  "Requiem For My Mother"
Composer: Stephen James Edwards
Conductor: Candace Wicke

Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus
The Children's Choir of New Jersey
The Youth Choir of New Jersey
Civic Chorale of New Jersey
St. Patrick's Choir: Miami Beach, FL
The Lourdes Singers: Lourdes Academy, Miami, FL
St. Bernard Parish Choir: Madison, WI
ArchBishop McCarthy Choir: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
And singers from Vero Beach, FL & Pittsburgh, PA
Beverly Coulter
Kristopher Jean
Keith Spencer

Mark Spencer
Michelle Garcia
Marilyn Esser
Beatric Malnic

Continuo Arts Orchestra & The City of Prague Philharmonic.

Click Here to View Photo Album One
Click Here to View Photo Album Two 
Click Here to View Photo Album Three              

Sonare Members

Dena Andrews - Soprano



Heather Bobeck - Soprano



Brenda  Belohoubek- Soprano



Alicia  Brozovich- Soprano



Teresa Gotanco - Soprano



Amanda Blutner - Mezzo



Samantha Ferrara - Mezzo



Raphael Dante - Tenor



Nina Lyristakis - Mezzo



Casey Okamoto - Tenor



Lucas Barkley - Tenor



Jonathon Trinidad - Tenor



Craig Sanphy - Tenor



Anthony Alberti - Baritone



Dallas Wicke - Bass



Devin McGuire - Bass



Brian Alvarado - Bass



President, Executive Director & Principle Conductor

Last seen on the 2016 Festival Pro Musica e Arte Sacra sharing the program with the likes of the Vienna Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach and other world renowned musicians of note, conductor Candace Wicke made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002.  Founder, President and Executive Director of The Continuo Arts Foundation, Wicke conducted its Inaugural concert at the prestigious Festival Internazionale pro Musica e Arte Sacre Series in Vatican City and Rome, Italy with the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, Orchestra and the City of Prague Philharmonic in 2008; an international concert event featuring a world premiere-televised production which became the subject of a full length documentary film. 

Wicke conducted and produced Continuo Arts’ “Christmas Time in the City” and the Lee Kjelson Memorial “Sounds of Music Series” series in Carnegie Hall and in 2011 the first Festival Internazionale Di Arte Per Giovani Musicisti in Rome, Italy. She was the principal conductor for the 2012 Inaugural season of the Minuetto Music Festival and returned to conduct the second Giovani Musicisti Festival in Rome, Vatican City, Assisi and Prague. Making history in February of 2014, Dr. Wicke conducted the first concert inside the Sistine Chapel by an American organization. The 2015 season included serving as Chorus Master for the world premiere of Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

As a champion of new music, Wicke has premiered many compositions in Carnegie Hall, Rome, Vatican City, Prague, Ireland, Australia and other locations around the world. Her international experience also includes conducting the United States representative Wind Ensemble at the Taipei Presidential Inauguration, the City of Prague Philharmonic in the Czech Republic and the Waratah Girls Choir in Australia. Ensembles under her baton have received National and International acclaim performing with Andre Rieu and the Johan Strauss Orchestra in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the Turksoy Orchestra in Lincoln Center and the Music Center at Strathmore, the Global International Women’s Summit, Musica Mundi International, Legatus International, and the Miami Civic Associations Young Artist Debut. She is a popular guest conductor, adjudicator and master class clinician across the United States.

Dr. Wicke conducts and manages the Continuo Arts Intergenerational Choral Programs, Music Conservatory, Community Outreach Programs, and The Minuetto Music Festival. She is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni of the Year for Evangel University, New Jersey’s 2016 Women of Excellence in Arts & Humanities Award Winner for Union County, and has received a 2016 Congressional Recognition for dedication and excellence in Arts & Humanities.

Amanda Blutner
Assistant Conductor and Programs Manager

Amanda Blutner, is Assistant Conductor and Programs Manager for the Continuo Arts Foundation. A graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, Mrs. Blutner earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master Degree in Music and Music Education from Teachers College of Columbia University.
At Westminster, Mrs. Blutner appeared as a soloist with the Westminster Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum, and the world-renowned Westminster Choir.


Lucas Barkley
Staff Accompanist

Lucas Barkley is the staff accompanist for the Continuo Arts Foundation and holds a B.M. in piano performance from Duquesne University and a Master of Music, Collaborative Piano from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Barkley has worked extensively throughout the Tri-State area with the likes of the Opera Company of Brooklyn, the Manhattan Opera Studio and many other locations and venues.

Samantha Ferrara
Musical Theater Director

Samantha Ferrara is the Continuo Arts Musical Theater Director.Ms Ferrara is a 2014 Graduate of Westminster Choir Colleg with a BM in Music Education and a minor in Musical Theater. Ms. Ferrara is currently teaching chorus and orchestra at Mountain View Middle School in Mendham and is the Alto Section Leader at St. Bernards Episcopal Church.


Teresa Gotanco
Administrative Assistant


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