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Rehearsal: Tuesday
Time:           9:00 - 9:45
Location:    Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music
                      36 Chatham Road
                      Summit, NJ 07901
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Christmas Time in the City of Lights!  Dec. 14, 2019
Christmas Time in the City of Lights - An Annual Holiday Show Spectacular!

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Date:        December 14
Time:        7:30 p.m.
Location: Lawton C. Johnson Auditorium
                   Summit Middle School
                   Summit, NJ 07901

CTIC 2019

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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
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Carnegie Hall - May 28, 2018  "Mass of the Children" - John Rutter, Composer & Conductor
Carnegie Hall - "Mass of the Children"
Composer & Conductor - Maestro John Rutter
Artists - The Civic Chorale, Children & Youth Choirs of New Jersey
               In collaboration with MidAmerica Productions    
Performance Videos:  Kyrie    
                                   Agnus Dei
Date:        May 28, 2018
Time:        7:30 p.m.
Repertoire: "Mass of the Children"
Composer:   John Rutter 
Conductor:   John Rutter / Dr. Candace Wicke-Rehearsal Conductor
Artists:          Members of The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus
Residency Dates:  
                  26th - 28th
Rehearsal Location: 
                   The Grand Hyatt Hotel
                   109 E. 42nd Street
                    NY, NY 10017
 Carnegie Hall
                    81 7th Ave (corner of 7th Ave & 57th)
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Carnegie Hall-February 29,2018  Mozart "Solemn Vespers"
Carnegie Hall - "Solemn Vespers", Mozart

Conductor - David Thye
Artists - The Civic Chorale & Youth Choirs of New Jersey
               In collaboration with MidAmerica Productions       
Performance Video:  Click Here 

Date:        February 19, 2018
Time:        7:30 p.m.
Repertoire: "Solemn Vespers"
Composer:   Mozart 
Conductor:   David Thye / Dr. Candace Wicke-Rehearsal Conductor
Artists:          Members of The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus
Residency Dates:  
                  16th - 18th
Rehearsal Location: 
                   The Grand Hyatt Hotel
                   109 E. 42nd Street
                    NY, NY 10017
 Carnegie Hall
                    81 7th Ave (corner of 7th Ave & 57th)
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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.

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 CTIC 2016

2016 Sounds of Music - Spring Concert
Sounds of Music-Spring Concert 2016
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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

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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

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Pre-tour Preview Concert Performance

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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-
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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.

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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



Candace Wicke
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 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.

Amanda Blutner
Amanda Blutner

Assistant Conductor and Programs Manager

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
Lucas Barkley

Staff Accompanist

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
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
Teresa Gotanco

Assistant Accompanist & Administrative Assistant

 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.

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