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 2015, 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!

Some important 2015 Highlights include:

  1. The World Premiere of Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
    42 Shows at The Paper Mill Playhouse
    Members worked with Alan Menken, Stephen Swartz, Micheal Kosarin, & more!
  2. Broadway World Award for "Best Professional Musical Theater Production"
  3. Collaboration with Central Presbyterian Church & The Central Players to present two performances of "The Hollywood Songbook"
  4. "Home for the Holiday's" House Tour in Westfield resumes
  5. The 4th Minuetto Music Festival dinner performance featured on HTTV
  6. Local concert series and Seniors Sing continue to be presented free of charge
  7. 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.

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Our Staff

Candace Wicke
President, Executive Director & Principle Conductor

As a champion of new music, Candace Wicke has premiered new works in many of her Carnegie Hall appearances including the World Premiere of Stephen Edward’s 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. In 2009, Wicke conducted the World Premiere of A Carol Fantasy by Stephen  Edwards in Carnegie Hall on the “Christmas Time in the City” concert series.

Returning to Carnegie Hall in 2010 for the Lee Kjelson Memorial “Sounds of Music Series”, Wicke conducted the RaminshMissa Brevis in addition to a World Premiere by composer Gary Fry. In 2011, Wicke conducted the first Festival Internazionale Di Arte Per Giovani Musicisti in Rome, Italy. She also served as one of two Artistic Directors for the 2012 and 2013 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 2014 Wicke conducted the first concert performance by an United States ensemble inside the Sistine Chapel, marking an unprecedented and historic artistic first.In 2015 she served as rehearsal conductor for the World Premiere of Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" at The Paper Mill Playhouse.

Ensembles under her baton have received national and International acclaim, performing for the Global International Women’s Summit, Musica Mundi International, Legatus International, and the Miami Civic Associations Young Artist Debut. A popular clinician and judge, she has appeared as conductor in Rome, Assisi, City Vaticano, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacre Coeur, Massabielle and the Theatre Fountaine in France. 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, and the City of Prague Philharmonic, in Prague.

Wicke is the Founder, President and Executive Director for the Continuo Arts Foundation and conducts the Continuo Arts ensembles including; the Children’s Chorus, Chanticleers, Singers!, Continuos!, Civic Chorale and Seniors Sing!  These ensembles are featured in a variety of concert series and community outreach performances throughout the year. In these roles, she is committed to procreating the arts through performance, composition, education, and to fostering patronage for musical advancement and exposure. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and Evangel University, majoring in vocal and instrumental performance, music education, and conducting.

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.


Nic Steltzer
Conducting Fellow

Nic Steltzer is the Continuo Arts Conducting Fellow with a Bachelors from Duquesne University and a Masters Degree from . Mr. Steltzer is currently the Organist/Choir Master at the Brookside Community Church in Mendem Township.


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.

Jamie Klenetsky Fay

Web Master and Artist-in-Residence

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


Mike Marrocco
Graphics & Web Development

Saxophonist, producer and song writer Mike Marrocco has made a name for himself by creating music that connects with his audience. Whether he is found sharing the stage with artists' from Rafael en Concierto to Wynton Marsalis, or playing jazz clubs promoting his recent CD release "Walk Away;" Mike aims to create artistic music.

Mike is a Miami Native, who has grown up in the culturally rich South Florida scene.  As a young player Mike was a student at the prestigious New World School of the Arts, were he was given instruction by some of South Florida’s Premier musicians.  He continued his studies at the University of Miami as a student in the Studio Music and Jazz program.  With the formation of his production company MJM Productions Inc. Mike has branched out his talents to include the production of albums and original compositions. His original music can be heard on a wide variety of projects from theatre productions, TV commercial placement, Nationally Syndicated Magazine spotlights, product informercials, commerical advertising campaigns, albums and independent film projects.

As a musician, Mike has worked with artists ranging in diversity from Arturo Sandoval, Wynton Marsalis, Rafael en Concierto to  Barbara Cook.

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 Spring and Summer 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:

Tuesday Ensembles:

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

Wednesday Ensemble:

  • Seniors Sing!

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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