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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Date: February 19, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Repertoire: "Solemn Vespers"
Conductor: David Thye / Dr. Candace Wicke-Rehearsal Conductor
Artists: Members of The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus
16th - 18th
The Grand Hyatt Hotel
109 E. 42nd Street
NY, NY 10017
81 7th Ave (corner of 7th Ave & 57th)
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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
Video Gallery :
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
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, and the New York Premiere of the Ave Maria Mass. Sharing the stage in 2008 with the likes of the Vienna Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach, and Helmuth Rilling, Wicke conducted the European premiere and world-wide television broadcast of the Edwards Requiem for my Mother with the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, Orchestra and the City of Prague Philharmonic at the prestigious Festival Internazionale pro Musica e Arte Sacre Series in Roma, Italy.
Wicke conducted and produced the Carnegie Hall “Christmas Time in the City” concert series in 2009 and the Lee Kjelson Memorial “Sounds of Music Series” in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Wicke conducted the first Festival Internazionale Di Arte Per Giovani Musicisti in Rome, Italy. She also served as the principal conductor for the 2012 Inaugural season of the Minuetto Music Festival and returned for the second annual Giovani Musicisti Festival to conduct the world premiere of Stephen Edwards Missa Brevis in Rome, Vatican City, Assisi and Prague in 2012. In February of 2014 she conducted the first concert in history inside the Sistine Chapel by an American organization and conductor in addition to concert performances in Ireland. 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. In 2016 she returned to conduct on the Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra in Rome and Vatican City sharing the series with the Vienna Philharmonic, Zubin Metha and other international artists of note and will conduct on the International Festival of the Aegean in 2019.
Dr. 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 Johan 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.
Wicke is the founder, president, and executive director for the Continuo Arts Foundation and conducts the Continuo Arts Intergenerational Choral Ensembles including; Children’s Chorus, Chanticleers, Singers, Continuos!, Civic Chorale, Seniors Sing and Sonaré! These ensembles are featured in a variety of concert series and community outreach performances throughout the year. In this roles, she is committed to procreating the arts through performance, composition, education, and to fostering patronage for musical advancement and exposure. Wicke resides in Westfield, NJ and 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 for Union County, and has received a 2016 Congressional recognition for dedication and excellence in Arts & Humanities.
Mrs. Blütner holds a B.M. in Music Education from Westminster Choir College and an M.A. in Music and Music Education from Teachers College of Columbia University. During her time at Westminster, she performed as a choir member and soloist with Schola Cantorum, Williamson Voices, and the Westminster Choir under the batons of James Jordan, Joe Miller, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jacques Lacombe, Alan Gilbert and Joseph Flummerfelt. She has performed in ensembles in engagements around the country including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, The United Nations General Assembly, and the Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Mrs. Blütner is a choral director and music teacher in the Elizabeth Public School District and is on staff teaching private voice at the Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music. She resides in Roselle Park with her husband and daughter.
Lucas Barkley is a pianist and vocal coach who lives in South Orange, NJ and works in the New York City area. Mr. Barkley is on staff at the Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music teaching piano and music theory. Active throughout the Tri-State Area he has worked with the Manhattan Opera, the Regina Opera, the Brooklyn Opera and has upcoming performances in 2016 of Das Rheingold, Thaïs, and La Gioconda in 2016.Mr. Barkley recently relocated from Pittsburgh, PA where he was a staff pianist at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music and a pianist and vocal coach for Undercroft Opera. He served as accompanist and coach for CO-OPERA, a co-production of Pittsburgh Opera and Carnegie Mellon University featuring the world premieres of five one-act operas by student composers, and accompanist and répétiteur for the inaugural production (Verdi’s Macbeth) of Resonance Works Pittsburgh.
As an art song accompanist, Mr. Barkley devised and accompanied two all-Schubert recitals (Nacht und Träume in 2013 and 1815: A Schubert Song Bicentennial) as well as a graduate recital featuring works of Schubert, Poulenc and Brahms. With tenor Daniel Arnaldos in 2014 he presented Spain is Different: Spanish Songs and Arias and Sehnsucht at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2013 and 2014 he studied at the Vancouver International Song Institute, coaching with (among others) Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Cameron Stowe and Arlene Shrut. Mr. Barkley holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance with a minor in English literature from Duquesne University and a master’s in collaborative piano from Carnegie Mellon. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Kerri, daughter Lydia, son Joseph and cat Mädchen.
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.
Ms. Gotanco is a graduate from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Music. During her time at Rutgers, she performed as a choir member with the University Choir as well as a trumpeter with the concert band. In the last two years of her undergraduate career, she served as the musical director of Rutgers’ Christian a cappella group, First Light. After her graduation from Rutgers, Ms. Gotanco relocated to the Syracuse area, where she sang with the Syracuse Pops Chorus and served as the Director of Music at Divine Mercy Roman Catholic Church for two years.
Upon returning to New Jersey, Ms. Gotanco has been serving as a cantor and choir member at the Church of Saint Catharine in Holmdel, a trumpeter and horn player with the High Sea Brass Choir in Toms River, as well as a freelance pianist around the central Jersey area. She will be serving as Choirmaster for the July 2017 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with the Ocean County College Repertory Theatre Company. Ms. Gotanco currently resides in Morganville with her family.