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Chanticleers - Intermediate Girls

Rehearsal:  Tuesday
Time:           5:30 - 7:00
Location:    Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music
                     36 Chatham Road
                     Summit, NJ 07901
Contact:      908-264-5324  /  info@continuoarts.com

Singers - Advanced Girls

Rehearsal:  Monday
Time:           7:30 - 9:00
Location:    Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music
                     36 Chatham Road
                     Summit, NJ 07901
Contact:      908-264-5324  /  info@continuoarts.com

Continuos - Boys 

Rehearsal:  Monday
Time:           7:30 - 9:00
Location:    Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music
                     36 Chatham Road
                     Summit, NJ 07901
Contact:      908-264-5324  /  info@continuoarts.com

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September 11 & 12- Rehearsals Begin with a Free Sing-In/Open House.....bring a friend!
Sing In - Open House!

Sing In 2017
2017-2018 Calendar
2017-2018 Calendar

CAF 2017-2018 Calendar

 

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
Assessments:                    
                    Range 
                    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
Featuring:
 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
Date
:        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
Artists:
Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus
Conductor: 
Candace Wicke 
Harp:
Mark Spencer
Violin:
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       

 

Festival International Di Arte Per Giovani Musicisti 2012
Festival International Di Arte Per Giovani Musicisti

Video Gallery:
Part One-Click Here  
Part Two-Missa Brevis Premiere Click Here

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 info@continuoarts.com 

Click Here for 2012 Concert Program

 Artists:

Continuo Arts Foundation Choruses, St. Patricks Choir, Miami Beach & The Waratah Girls Choir, Australia
Conductors: 
Lindy Connett, Candace Wicke
Organ:
Mark Spencer
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

Festival Partners:
Fondazione Pro Musica E Arte Sacra
Peter's Way Tours

Carnegie Hall - "Sounds of Music" 
Carnegie Hall:  The Lee Kjelson Memorial "Sounds of Music" Concert Series
Date: April 11, 2010
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York
Video Excerpts:

Missa Brevis

Hope

Sing A Song With Me
Featuring:
Continuo Arts Symphonic Youth Chorus & Orchestra
with The Children's Choir of New Jersey
 
       The Youth Choir of New Jersey
 
       Civic Chorale of New Jersey
Conductors:
Candace Wicke
Gary Fry
Soloist:
Sally Cummings-Elhke
Premiering:
"Sing A Song" by Gary Fry
Repertoire: 
"Missa Brevis" by Imant Raminsh
"Hope" by Gary Fry
With Singers From:
The Continuo Arts Foundation
The Children's Choir of New Jersey
The Youth Choir of New Jersey
 
       Civic Chorale of New Jersey
Voices Rising from MidWest Young Artists, Chicago IL
Liberty Middle School
The Kent Place Ensemble, Summit NJ
The Concert Choir from Newark Academy, Newark NJ
Directors:
Gary Fry
Adele Thomas
Viraj Lal
Guest Artists:
Tovah Feldshuh
Destino 

Gallery:
Lee Kjelson Memorial "Sounds of Music" Series  
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

Artists:
Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus
Featuring:
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
Soloists:
Beverly Coulter
Kristopher Jean
Keith Spencer

Directors:
Mark Spencer
Michelle Garcia
Marilyn Esser
Beatric Malnic

Orchestra:
Continuo Arts Orchestra & The City of Prague Philharmonic.

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


Featured Alumni & Testimonials

Featured Alumni
 
Featured Alumni - Coming Soon!

 

 

Testimonials
 
What our parents have to say! - Coming Soon!
 

 

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CandaceHS
President, Executive Director & Principle Conductor

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 FantasyRequiem for my Mother, RevelationMissa 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
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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