Choral Programs

The Continuo Arts Foundation


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The Continuo Arts Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals, communities and cultures through music.  Supporting music education and musicians, Continuo Arts offers New Jerseys most comprehensive Intergenerational Choral Program inclusive of children through adult, senior citizens to professionals.  The Continuo Arts Foundation is known for providing all-encompassing and unforgettable local, national and international musical experiences in concerts, classes, workshops and throughout the education spectrum; leading to a life-long love and support of the arts. Working in partnership with members, patrons, corporate and private sponsors, the Continuo Arts Foundation makes possible the education, performance and composition of music in ways which might otherwise be considered too unique or too expensive to be ordinarily under taken; giving precedence to considerations of quality over those of quantity; to artistic rather than to economic values and to opportunity over expediency.  A 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, more information can be found at

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On behalf of the Continuo Arts Foundation Board of Directors we would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your support throughout the year.  In 2016, the Continuo Foundation saw unprecedented growth; with the team-work of dedicated volunteers and the generosity of patrons, foundations, sponsors & friends together, we are creating a future full of possibility!

 2016 The Year in Review!  Click Here                  Some important 2016 Highlights include:

  1. Grand Opening of: The Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music!  Complete organizational consolidation to Summit, NJ.  New facilities include corporate offices, private teaching studio, ensemble room and rehearsal hall.
  2. Performance appearance on the prestigious Festival Pro Musica E Arte Sacra Series featuring The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus & Orchestra with the Roma Sinfionetta.  Candace Wicke, Conductor Jennifer Forni, Soprano   Keith Spencer, Baritone  with Roy & Rosemary
  3. Commission of "The Courtial Concerto" composed & performed by Roy & Rosemary
  4. The 5th Minuetto Music Festival dinner performance featured on HTTV
  5. Local concert series and Seniors Sing continue to be presented free of charge
  6. Over $35,000 in performance scholarships provided

Our Goals:

Together, we will maintain our momentum of progress!  Through your gift, you are partnering with us to make a change; you have chosen to make a difference!

What does the future hold for Continuo? as we like to say...."oh, the places we will go!"

At the Continuo Arts Foundation, we look forward to working with you to assure that indeed, ...."the music lives on". Please contact us directly for a more personalized explanation as to how Continuo Arts can benefit you.



Candace Wicke, DMA 
Founder, President & Executive Director
The Continuo Arts Foundation

The Vision

The Continuo Arts Foundation believes that exposure to the arts is essential to understanding our culture and heritage.  We believe that music is of primary importance to the survival of civilization, to the health of society and to insuring the highest quality of life. The experience of music allows us to participate in the universal creative process, open hearts and minds, awaken feelings and bring delight and joy. We strive to understand and to promote music across the life span to all generations and around the world.

We believe that intergenerational musical experiences provide an important opportunity to become stronger individuals; to become more unified as a community by experiencing different cultures and backgrounds through music and in the process, make the communities we belong to stronger.

We are committed to innovative music education, exposure, enrichment and programming which engages the young and the old, the sophisticated and the first-time performer or listener, as well as those interested in understanding diverse cultures and genres. 

The Mission

The Continuo Arts Foundation mission is to further musical education, performance, composition, exposure and appreciation from generation to generation.

Continuo Arts Foundation History

The Continuo Arts Foundation was founded in 2007 and since this time, our commitment to procreate the arts through education, opportunity, performance, composition, and appreciation has grown to a global level.

DECADE - A Video Timeline:  Click Here

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Our Staff

Candace Wicke
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, 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
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
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
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
Administrative Assistant

Teresa-Marie Gotanco, Administrative Assistant, Accompanist and Teaching Artist at The Continuo Arts Foundation, is a graduate from Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Arts in Music. Following a lifetime of choral and instrumental performance experience, Ms. Gotanco continued her musical studies and performance career as a member of both the Rutgers University Choir (soprano) and the Rutgers Concert Band (trumpet). She also served as the Music Director of Rutgers’ Christian a cappella group, First Light.

Relocating to Syracuse after graduation, Ms. Gotanco was appointed Director of Music at Divine Mercy Roman Catholic Church and performed with the Syracuse Pops Chorus. Returning to New Jersey, Ms. Gotanco is cantor and choir member at the Church of Saint Catharine in Holmdel, a member of the High Sea Brass Choir in Toms River playing Trumpet and French Horn, as well as a freelance pianist around the central Jersey area.

Ms. Gotanco will be serving as Assistant Music Director and  Choirmaster for the July 2017 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with the Ocean County College Repertory Theatre Company. She currently resides in Morganville with her family.

Beverly Coulter

Beverly Coulter

Artistic Director
Minuetto Music Festival

A native of Dallas, Texas, Beverly Coulter holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami. Her recent operatic performances include the role of Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani, the title role in Arrieta’s opera Marina, Norina in Don Pasquale, Gilda in Rigoletto, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Musetta in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and Lia in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue. Dr. Coulter has appeared in concert in Italy, Canada, South America, England, Poland, Mexico, Greece, and the Czech Republic. She performed in Carnegie Hall as soprano soloist with MidAmerica Productions.  Her South Florida appearances have included performances with the New World Symphony, Treasure Coast Opera Society, Miami Lyric Opera, Riuniti Opera, Coral Gables Symphony and Opera, Círculo Lírico de la Opera, and the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami.

In addition to maintaining an active schedule as a singer, professor, conductor, director, published author, and clinician in the area of vocal music and opera, Dr. Coulter is a winner of numerous awards and competitions in the area of solo piano. She has recently conducted Don Pasquale, L’Elisir D’Amore, La Rondine, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Barber of Seville. Her directing credits encompass a history of numerous opera, operetta, and musical theatre productions. She is the Artistic Director and founder of the Riuniti Opera, which was officially inaugurated in 2000 as an organization designed to help young singers bridge the gap between student and professional by being afforded performance opportunities in which they work alongside established professionals in the opera field. She launched the Riuniti Summer Educational Opera Series with the Alhambra Orchestra, and has presented The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Impresario during recent seasons.

As a staunch advocate of new music, Dr. Coulter has performed in premieres of many new works in the United States and abroad. These include works of Stephen James Edwards, Philip Glass, her husband Fred Coulter, and Canadian composer Imant Raminsch.  She recently she appeared as soprano soloist in the world premiere of Edwards’s Requiem For My Mother, presented by the Continuo Arts Foundation as part of the Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra in Rome, Italy. She performed the role of Mica in the South Florida premiere of Carly Simon’s opera Romulus Hunt.  Dr. Coulter is Director of Music Ministry at Central Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida. She is Auditions Chairperson of the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is an active collaborator with the Miami Lyric Opera and the Alhambra Orchestra.  Dr. Coulter is Director of Opera and Professor of Music at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.

Daniel Apruzzese
Dan Apruzzese

Daniel Apruzzese
Jamie Klenetsky Fay
Jamie Klenetsky

Web Master and Artist-in-Residence

Jamie Klenetsky Fay serves as Web Master and Artist-in-Residence for the Continuo Arts Foundation, 


Board of Directors

Dr. Candace Wicke
President and Executive Director
Heidi Evenson
President, Cactus River, INC.
Jean-Marie Apruzzese
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of DRA Advisors
Dan Apruzzese
Noni MacPherson
Director of Consumer and Market Insights for Twinnings Tea
William Hammond
Vice-President, AT&T
Dr. Jesse Peterson
President, Tempo Music
Claudia Cardillo
Johnson and Johnson
William Hildebrandt
Assurant, Inc., Organist, Composer
Joe Ciresi
Advertising & Promotions Director, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Advisory Board

Lyle Brehm, President


Board of Directors

Heidi Evenson
Dan Apruzzese

Minuetto Music Festival

Janet Whitman
Betse Gump

Choral Programs

Children’s Chorus – Lori Leiter
Chanticleers – Ewa Misiewicz, Pat Acevedo, Cynthia Landis
 Singers – Scot McElheny
Civic Chorale – Sue Taylor, Millie Cooper, Noni MacPherson & Bill Hammond
Seniors Sing – Terry Virgonia, Dee Robertson, Angela Schneller


Stephanie Herbert


Pat Acevedo


Jean Marie Apruzzese
Jack Cooper
Gloria Ron-Fornes

CAF Opportunities

Volunteer & Get Involved!:

Continuo Arts needs your help & expertise to continue our mission!  

How can you help? 

  • Assist in our offices
  • Introduce your community to Continuo Arts, ask us how!
  • Bring new young people, adults & seniors to experience the joy of music with us
  • Let us know how we can assist in your school or educational program


Continuo Arts is accepting applications for  Internships. Responsibilities are not limited to but will include:


  • Music Library
  • Organization
  • Graphics
  • Marketing
  • Phones

Summer Musical Theater Conservatory:

  • Assist students and staff
  • Music, script, set & costume preparation
  • Schedule & supervise
  • Backstage & technical management

Applicants with experience in choral/instrumental music and/or music theater with an interest in music education are encouraged to apply. This is an unpaid internship that will provide excellent hands-on experience and practicum in addition to a stellar reference. Email resume and cover letter to:


Conducting Fellow:

Continuo Arts is accepting Conducting Fellow applications for the 2014-2015 concert season. Conducting Fellows assist in seven Intergenerational Choral Programs as well as organizational activities, programs and appearances for The Continuo Arts Foundation.  Applicants should have extensive experience in choral music, voice performance and preferably be working on an advanced degree in Choral Conducting.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Assist in conducting, sectionals & all organizational aspects for:

Monday Ensembles:

  • Seniors Sing! 
  • Singers
  • Continuos

Tuesday Ensembles:

  • Children's Chorus
  • Chanticleers
  • Civic Chorale
  • Sonare-Professional Ensemble

Serve as section leader for the Civic Chorale and member of Sonare.

Conduct and/or sing as well as assist in organizational details for:

  • All Annual Concert Series
  • Annual Gala
  • Community Service Appearances
  • Other events to be announced

Conducting Fellows will gain extraordinary experience & continuing education in:

  • Hands-on teaching, rehearsing, conducting and managing ensembles of all age groups and catagories
  • Infra-structure and administration of non-profit organization
  • Networking
  • Repertoire exposure
  • Solo opportunities
  • Conducting experience & instruction
  • Podium Time

This is an unpaid Fellowship providing immeasurable opportunity, enrichment & exposure as well as a stellar reference.  Interested applicants should email resume and cover letter to:

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