Contact: 908-264-5324 to schedule Audition date & time
Location: Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music
36 Chatham Road
Summit, NJ 07901
Perform: Memorized song selection of choice - 24 measures
Optional: two contrasting selections
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Rutter's "Mass of the Children" Concert Video
Candace Wicke, Conductor
Jennifer Forni, Soprano
Keith Spencer, Baritone
The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus & Chamber Orchestra
Featuring: The Children's Choir of New Jersey
Concert Finale: How Great Thou Art
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Date: December 17th
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Presbyterian Church of Westfield
140 Mountain Ave.
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
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Pre-tour Preview Concert Performance
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
Harpist: Brother Mark E. Spencer
Violinist: Rosemary Siemens
Guest Soloist: Mary Zilba
The Continuo Arts Foundation, in collaboration with The Fondazione Pro Musica E Arte Sacra and Peter’s Way Tours, is pleased to present the Festival International Di Arte Per Giovani Musicisti.
The annual Festival Di Musica E Arte Sacra is a series regarded internationally as one of the world’s most prestigious festivals. Recognizing the importance of investing in the future of music and musicians around the world, we have the honor and privilege of presenting the annual Festival International Di Arte Per Giovani Musicisti. Featuring outstanding choral ensembles, instrumental artists and conductors from around the world, appearance on the Giovani Musicisti Festival is an artistic honor and milestone.
Performance invitation is by audition only. Interested directors and musicians may send inquiries for future festivals to firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuo Arts Foundation Choruses, St. Patricks Choir, Miami Beach & The Waratah Girls Choir, Australia
Lindy Connett, Candace Wicke
Soloists: Kelsey Evenson, Carlie McCumber, Julia Craig, Katie Hammond,Jessica Blunt, Kathryn MacPherson, Emily Swain, Elizabeth Adamczyk, Emma DiMaio
Date: November 23 - December 1st
Location: Rome, Assisi & Prague
Festival Performance Schedule:
November 25: Celebrate Mass with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
November 26: St. Peters Basilica
November 27: Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
November 28: Basilica St. Ignatius de Loyola
November 30: Prague, St. Salvator Church
Hailed as a ‘true maestro’ conductor Candace Wicke made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002. As a champion of new music, Dr. Wicke has premiered new works in many of her Carnegie Hall appearances including the World Premiere of Imant Raminsh’s Symphony of Psalms, Gary Fry’s Sing A Song With Me, and Stephen Edward’s A Carol Fantasy, Requiem for my Mother, Revelation, Missa Brevis and the New York Premiere of the Ave Maria Mass. Featured in the nationwide PBS broadcast of the Requiem for my Mother documentary, the recording of this work conducted by Wicke is currently on Bill Board’s top ten chart.
Sharing the stage with the likes of the Vienna Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach, and Helmuth Rilling, Wicke appeared on the prestigious Festival Internazionale pro Musica e Arte Sacre Series in 2008, made history in 2014 by conducting the first concert featuring an US ensemble inside the Sistine Chapel and in 2015 served as Chorus Master for the world premiere of Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Other major conducting appearances include “Christmas Time in the City” and the Lee Kjelson Memorial “Sounds of Music Series” in Carnegie Hall and two seasons of the Festival Internazionale Di Arte Per Giovani Musicisti in Rome, Assisi and Prague. Dr. Wicke returned to the International Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra in 2016, sharing the series with the Vienna Philharmonic, Zubin Metha and other international artists of note.
Wicke’s international experience also includes conducting the United States representative Wind Ensemble at the Taipei Presidential Inauguration, the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the City of Prague Philharmonic, in Prague and the Waratah Girls Choir in Australia. Ensembles under her baton have received National and International acclaim performing with Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra, 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 is the Founder, President, and Executive Director for the Continuo Arts Foundation where she conducts the Continuo Arts Intergenerational Choral Ensembles, is Co-Artistic Director of The Minuetto Music Festival and Manager of the Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music. Dr. Wicke is a graduate of the University of Miami and Evangel University, majoring in vocal and instrumental performance, music education, and conducting. 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 and has received a 2016 Congressional recognition for dedication and excellence in Arts & Humanities.
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 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 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.