Welcome to the Minuetto Music Festival
 Congratulations on a stellar 2014 Season!

The 2014 Festival Finale Concert Video

The 2014 Young Artist Showcase Video

The Minuetto Artist/VIP Reception Feature with Fred Honold will be aired at the following times:
Saturdays at 9:30am
Sundays at 10:30pm
Mondays at 4:30pm
Tuesdays at 10:30am
Wednesdays at 8pm
Thursdays at 5:30pm
Fridays at 10:30am
at:
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2014 Festival Brochure  Click Here

Minuetto Festival Finale Concert with orchestra – Repertoire includes concert opera selections from Mozart's The Magic Flute,  Bernstein's Candide and  Beethoven's Choral Fantasy

Young Artists Applicants: Be sure to click on the Milton Cross Young Artist Series Tab for more information

2013 Festival Television Coverage  Click Here

2014 Festival Dates:  June 22 - 28
Location:  Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple Street, Summit NJ 

Central Presbyterian Church

The Minuetto Music Festival is dedicated to promoting Opera & Classical music with particular emphasis on new and emerging artists, professional mentorship, the involvement of community singers and collaboration with other outstanding organizations.

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Milton Cross Young Artist Concert 2014  

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Alex Kariotis Minuetto 2014

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Minuetto 2014 Festival Finale

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The Festival objectives are to:

  • Provide musicians with an opportunity to meet, perform, share their musical achievement and creativity,  enhance their skills, learn new repertoire and collaborate with one another
  • Offer a rich and diverse program of artists of the highest standard from seasoned professionals to new and emerging talent
  • Evaluate and reflect on musical achievements and creativity in a constructive and educationally focused way
  • Run rehearsals and master classes to pass on knowledge and skills
  • Facilitate individual personal development through the emotionally enriching experience acquired through musical expression
  • Charge a reasonable price for participation and concert attendance
  • Provide a stimulating cultural experience to all participants and visitors
  • Encourage the view that Central New Jersey is an interesting and culturally rewarding musical destination
  • Engage Festival Committee members from many surrounding communities
  • Hold additional events as determined by the Festival Committee.


The values that guide the Festival are:

  • A credo  that exposure to the arts is essential to understanding our culture and heritage
  • Production of a high quality musical event with cultural enrichment, educational advancement  & community service
  • Encouragement of enthusiasm and inspiration amongst participants
  • Fostering a lifelong interest in music as a basic human experience
  • A sense of community
  • Enhance the cultural life of Central New Jersey and surrounding areas by hosting and promoting live and serious music
  • A sense of connection; people with people, people with music, music with communities, communities with countries, countries to the world
  • Diverse artistic expression
  • Creative exchange
  • Opportunity to participate and perform
 
 
 

Concerts and Schedule

The 2014 Festival Finale Concert Video

The 2014 Young Artist Showcase Video

Location:  Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple Street, Summit NJ 

Central Presbyterian Church

The Minuetto Music Festival proudly presents three outstanding concerts to launch our inaugural season!

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All 2014 Festival Concerts Aired LIVE on Hometowne TV 36

Concerts

The Milton Cross Young Artist Showcase-June 24
Performance: The Milton Cross Young Artist Showcase

Date: June 24
Location: Central Presbyterian Church, Summit NJ
Performance Time: 7:30 p.m.

Milton Cross & Rising Artist Young Artist Winners present a delightful evening of music to agents, managers, directors and concert goers.

From the MET, MC Sean Guerrier

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Rising Star Winner Shannon Hunt      Milton Cross Award Winner Sharon Byrne      Milton Cross Award Winner Judy Marchman

Alex Kariotis - June 26
Performance: Alex Kariotis and the Rock Opera Orchestra

Date: June 26
Location: Central Presbyterian Church, Summit NJ
Performance Time: 7:30 p.m.


 Alex Kariotis

 

Minuetto Music Festival Finale Concert
Performance: The Minuetto Symphonic Choir, Orchestra, Soloists & Young Artists Winners
                        Beverly Coulter & Candace Wicke, Conductors

Date: June 28
Location: Central Presbyterian Church, Summit NJ
Performance Time: 7:30 p.m.

The Minuetto Music Festival Finale Concert will feature:

Concert Opera selections from Mozart's "Magic Flute"
Beethoven's "Chorale Fantasy" featuring pianist John Conte
Selections from Bernsteins "Candide"

 

Festival Finale Concert

Rehearsal Schedule

Festival Symphonic Chorus Rehearsal Schedule
Symphonic Chorus

Dates: May 14, 21, 28
Location:
 Historic Twin Maples Summit NJ
Rehearsal Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Dates: June 6, 13, 20
Location: Historic Twin Maples, Summit NJ
Rehearsal Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

For local symphonic chorus members accepted and registered for Minuetto Music Festival.

Symphonic Chorus-Festival Week Rehearsals
Symphonic Chorus members   

Dates: June 24, 26, 28
Location: Central Presbyterian Church, Summit NJ
Rehearsal Times: Symphonic Chorus: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal & Concert June 29: 

2:00 – 3:30 Orchestra & Soloists

3:30 – 4:00 Break

4:00 – 6:00  Full Dress Choir & Orchestra

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner Break

7:00 – Doors open

7:30 – 9:00 Concert

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Concert Attire: Ladies-Full Length Concert Black
                        Men: Tuxedo or Concert Black suit with black bowtie 

Young Artists Rehearsal Schedule
Young Artists Rehearsal Schedule

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Dates: June 25, 27. 29
Location: Central Presbyterian Church, Summit NJ
Rehearsal Times: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal June 30:

2:00 – 3:30 Orchestra & Soloists

3:30 – 4:00 Break

4:00 – 6:00  Full Dress Choir & Orchestra

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner Break

7:00 – Doors open

7:30 – 9:00 Concert

Concert Attire: Ladies-Full Length Concert Black
                        Men: Tuxedo or Concert Black suit with black bowtie 

 


The 2014 Festival Finale Concert Video

The 2014 Young Artist Showcase Concert!
Minuetto Artist/VIP Reception Feature with Fred Honold will be aired at the following times:
Saturdays at 9:30am
Sundays at 10:30pm
Mondays at 4:30pm
Tuesdays at 10:30am
Wednesdays at 8pm
Thursdays at 5:30pm
Fridays at 10:30am
at:
www.hometownetv.org

Congratulations to the 2014 Milton Cross Young Artist Winners!

2014 Milton Cross Winners

2013 Young Artist Television Coverage  Click Here

2014 Young Artist Poster  Click Here

Named for the famous 'voice of the Metropolitan Opera' Milton Cross, the Young Artist Series is designed to expose and promote outstanding young artists from around the world. Click Here for Milton Cross Bio

“As a recipient of the 2013 Milton Cross Award and the 2012 Rising Star Award, I could not have imagined the incredible, lifelong connections I’d make and the industry insiders I’d meet. My Continuo Arts and Minuetto Music Festival affiliation not only led to my first professional, title role as Carmen with Miami Lyric Opera, but gave me access to some of the best coaches, Metropolitan Opera contacts and audition opportunities with industry agents. The Young Artists Program is well rounded and informative, fun but intense. You can benefit from every aspect of it – I did!”

Eric Papillion-Posey, 2013 Milton Cross Award Winner

“The Minuetto Music Festival’s Milton Cross Young Artist Program is a wonderful week of learning, bonding and collaborating. It was more than I ever imagined it would be. The classes were wonderful, and the faculty’s willingness to get down to the ‘Nitty Gritty’ was beyond helpful. I walked away smarter and with the knowledge that there are many options on this journey. I am doing all that is in my power to become a full-time performer...I thought! The faculty really challenged me to push harder for what I want, to be unafraid to network and get myself out there. I gained more than a cash prize could offer!”

 Olanna Goudeau, 2013 Rising Star Award Winner

“By far the greatest aspect of the Milton Cross Young Artist Program is the master classes; especially the “Business of Music” master classes. Most programs only mention in passing this essential aspect of the music world. This master class was the most in depth, hands on and truly informative sessions I’ve been a part of. Everything from how to network, to the importance of a professional image, to how to design a business card, were discussed. I left the class with the tools and knowledge that I need to succeed.”

Craig Sanphy, 2013 & 2012 Rising Star Award Winner

Winners are selected in the following categories:

A Milton Cross Award Winner 
Named for the famed Metropolitan Opera Announcer, the Milton Cross winners will be featured on:
  1. The Young Artist Showcase Concert-Two Selections
  2. Artists - VIP Reception 
  3. Cast in a role and/or soloist for the Minuetto Finale Concert
  4. Presentation of the Milton Cross Award at the Finale Concert with Symphonic Chorus & Orchestra
  5. The Continuo Arts Foundation Website
  6. Entrance to all Festival Events
Rising Artist Winner
Featured on:
  1. The Young Artist Showcase Concert-One Selection
  2. Artists - VIP Reception 
  3. Opportunity to audition for a role and/or soloist for the Minuetto Finale Concert with Symphonic Chorus & Orchestra
  4. The Continuo Arts Foundation Website 
  5. Entrance to all Festival Events
Emerging Artist Winner
Featured on:
  1. Festival Chorus performer at the Finale Concert
  2. Artists-VIP Reception
  3. The Continuo Arts Foundation Website
  4. Entrance to all Festival Events
Honorable Mention
Featured on:
  1. Artists - VIP Reception 
  2. Festival Chorus performer at the Finale Concert
  3. The Continuo Arts Foundation Website
  4. Entrance to all Festival Events

2013 Young Artists Winners 

 Joseph Demarest- Milton Cross Award Winner
Joseph Demarest, Tenor

Featured Performer:

Joseph Demarest, tenor, is an alum of Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts, where he has performed the roles of Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Tichon  in Káťa Kabanová, and Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte.  Previously, Joseph has attended Boston University’s Opera Institute, a two year professional training program.  Prior to his stay in Boston, Joseph was as a resident artist with Connecticut Opera, where he made his professional operatic debut, performing main stage roles, as well as educational outreach, concerts, and various other performances.  In recent years, Joseph has been seen performing with New York City Opera, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Germany, Dicapo Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Intermezzo Young Artist Training Program, and Brevard Music Center.  Solo engagements include Ocean City Pops, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and Simsbury Light Opera. Other operatic roles include Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fenton in Falstaff, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi,  Rodolfo in La bohème, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte,Remandado in Carmen, among others.  Joseph holds a Bachelor of Music from The Hartt School, University of Hartford in Connecticut.

 Erica Papillion-Posey- Milton Cross Award Winner
Erica Papillion-Posey, Mezzo Soprano

Featured Performer:

Recently captivating audiences in Miami Lyric Opera’s 2013-14 season, in the title role of Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen, Ms. Papillion-Posey is an impressive singing actress with an emerging national and international resume. On the opera stage or in recital— she is not to be missed. Named a 2012 Minuetto Music Festival, Milton Cross Young Artist, Rising Star, she debuted the role of the witty spinster, Marcellina from Le nozze di Figaro with Siena Opera, July 2012. Her memorable 2010 performance with the Tusica Opera Festival commanded a return invitation for the 2011 season as the 3rd lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and notable performances in Tarquinia, Civita di Bagnoregio, Castilione, Capranica and Ronciglione, Italy of Pergolesi’s sacred beauty, Stabat Mater at the direction of Timothy Léon. Additionally, in 2011 she sang, in a concert version, the title role of Bizet’s Carmen and Annina from Verdi’s La Traviata in Bari, Italy. July, 2010, Ms. Papillion-Posey made her international debut as the Darth Vader of female operatic characters, La zia Principessa from Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the Tuscia Opera Festival, under the baton of maestro Stefano Vignati in Viterbo and Rome, Italy. In March 2010, she premiered the role of Lucretia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. In December 2009, Ms. Papillion-Posey was the featured alto soloist in Faith Lutheran’s production of Handel’s Messiah. In April 2008, she secured the title role of the alluring seductress Carmen with the Lamont School of Music at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, CO. Ms. Papillion-Posey’s early career roles include: her 2007 debut of Princess Akara, from Cherise Leiter and Leanna Kirchoff’s world premier of The Lady or the Tiger, an adaptation of the beloved short story by Franck Stockton; her 2006 -few fries short of a happy meal- rendering of Madam Flora, “Baba” from Giancarlo Menotti’s The Medium, and Mozart’s man-swapping sister, Dorabella.

Ms. Papillion-Posey holds a Master of Music degree and Performance Certificate in Vocal Performance (both with honors and distinction) from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music, a Bachelor of Music from the Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Diploma in Business Management from Platt Business and Technical College.

She’s been the recipient of many music awards and grants such as the: International Lyric Academy of Rome e Viterbo Award, AMICI of Denver Scholarship, Dante Alighieri Music Scholarship Competition, Jeff Bradley Music Scholarship Fund, E. Stoddard Young Endowment Scholarship, Stratton Faulhaber Scholarship, Coulter Norbloom Scholarship Grant and Joseph Docksey Career Development Fund Award and the 2005 first and 2006 second place, opera division winner of the Vocal Arts Competition of Colorado, to name a few.

 

 Hope Osborn- Milton Cross Award Winner
Hope Osborn, Soprano

Featured Performer:

Hope Osborn, Soprano, has graduated with a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. 

Hope has been seen in roles and scenes such as Mimi in La Boheme, Arabella in Arabella, Marshalin in Der Rosenkavalier, Donna Elvira and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, Tessa in The Gondoliers, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore and Sister Valentine in Dialogues Des Carmelites. Hope made her professional operatic debut with the Delaware Valley Opera Company singing the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Upcoming engagements include singing in the Princeton Festival this summer as a chorus member of Wagner's, "The Flying Dutchman"

Hope has participated in the prestigious CoOperative Program for two years and participated in the Florence Voice Seminar in Florence, Italy. Hope has performed over 40 recitals throughout the United States. Some of Hope’s solo concert experience includes Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, The Rutter Requiem, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Ray’s Gospel Mass, and the NJ/DE/ PA premier of the Jenkin’s Stabat Mater. Hope has sung solo at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and New Jersey State Theater. Among many prestigious awards, Hope has twice been awarded the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Most recently, Hope has been awarded a grant from the Wagner Society of New York. Hope’s discography includes being a featured soloist on Angels and Architechture: The voices of Anam Cara and Teaching Music through Performance in Choir.

Hope has just completed her first year as an adjunct voice professor at Molloy College in NY. Hope also has a private studio and is a teacher of voice and piano at Dancestop Education in NJ. 

 Joshua Hemmings- Milton Cross Award Winner
Joshua Hemmings, Baritone

Featured Performer:

Baritone, Joshua A. Hemmings, from Amityville, NY recently completed his BM/MAT at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. His most recent stage appearance was as the Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte with Westminster Opera Theater and scenes from Le nozze di Figaro with Westminster Opera Workshop. As a member of the Westminster Choir he performed in the chorus of Die Zauberflöte with Spoleto Festival USA. Joshua is a student Harold Evans. 

 Jami Leonard- Rising Star Award Winner
Jamie Leonard, Soprano

Featured Performer:

A native Hoosier, Jami attended Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, completing her Bachelors and Masters of Music under Patricia Wise. Favorite roles with IU Opera include Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, Maria in West Side Story, and originating the role of Marguerite Gashet in the World Premier of Vincent.   

With the IU Theater Department, Jami was seen in Nine and Oklahoma! She originated the role of Juliet in Dr. Don Freund’s Romeo and Juliet: A Musical Drama at the Bloomington Playwrights Project. As a graduate student, she attended the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute in San Francisco where she performed the role of Giunone in La Calisto, along with scene performances as Meg Falstaff, Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice and Manon Manon. While in San Francisco, Jami was honored to participate in a Master Class given by Patricia Racette.

 Jami has received awards from the Indianapolis Musicale Compeition and Continuo Arts Foundation’s Minuetto Music Festival Milton Cross Competition. Jami has had the privilege to work for the Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO) in New York City, singing in the Atelier Premiere of Eric Salzman’s Big Jim and the Small Time Investors.

 Jami made her international debut in October of 2012 as the voice of Rufus in the award winning European Premier of William Mayer's A Death in the Family with CCO at the Armel Festival in Szeged, Hungary. This June, Jami travels with CCO to France to reprise the role of Rufus in the beautiful Theatre d’Avignon. 

 Craig Sanphy- Rising Star Award Winner
Craig Sanphy, Tenor

Featured Performer:

Craig Sanphy, tenor, has performed in a variety of opera and solo work.   His most recent roles include Nanki-Poo (The Mikado), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Elder Hayes (Susannah), and Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro) and has been seen in scene work such as Prunier (La Rondine), Fenton (Falstaff), Tamino (Die Zauberflote), and Chevalier des Grieux (Manon).  His work as a soloist includes the works of Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ, Schubert's Mass in G Major, and Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ. 

Mr. Sanphy has worked with numerous organizations including the Princeton Festival, Opera MODO, Berkley Light Opera Company,  St. Joseph's University Opera Dept., Westminster Choir College Opera Theatre and the Delaware Valley Opera Company.  He is the tenor soloist for the Presbyterian Church in Westfield and is Artist-in-Residence with the Continuo Arts Foundation.  He was featured as a young artist at the inaugural Minuetto Music Festival in 2012 and just returned from Le Chiavi di Bel Canto Institute in Houston as part of the 2013 Texas Music Festival.  Mr. Sanphy is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College and currently studies with Professor Eric Rieger.

 Olanna Goudeau- Rising Star Award Winner
Olanna Goudeau, Soprano

Featured Performer:

Olanna Goudeau, soprano, continues to captivate audiences with her   dazzling coloratura, rich lyricism, and crystalline upper rang. The Port  Arthur, TX native has most recently been seen in Empire Opera’s production of Sweet Dreams singing the role of Sparkle. Her performance credits include: Bess in Porgy & Bess; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni; Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte; Adele in Die Fledermaus; Lakmé in Lakmé; Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Rose Maybud in Ruddigore; Papagena in Die Zauberflöte; Lauretta in Le Docteur Miracle; Gretel in Hansel & Gretel; Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Rudi in A Gift of Song; Little Red Riding Hood in Little Red Riding Hood. Olanna received her BA-Voice from Dillard where she studied with Dr. Valerie Jones and her MM-Voice from the University of Oklahoma where she studied with Professor Donna Cox. She was a Studio Artist for Opera New Jersey (2010), Taos Opera Institute (2008), and Cimarron Circuit Opera Company (2004). While a Studio Artist with Opera New Jersey, Olanna was chosen to sing the role of “Hermia” in Michale Ching’s new opera “A  Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Ms. Goudeau has been a featured recitalist by Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc. at the Oklahoma City Civic Center (2006) and by the Teatro da Paz in Belem, Brazil (2007). She was a 2nd place winner of the Benton-Schmidt Opera Competition (2007-2008) and the First Place winner of the State of Oklahoma’s National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (2006), and advanced to the Regional Level of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2010). She has also been awarded the Carol Brice Carey Vocal Award and the Mary Clark Miley Fine Arts Award.

 Jenne Carey- Rising Star Award Winner
Jenne Carey, Soprano

Featured Performer:

Jenne Carey, a 2012 Minuetto Music Festival Rising Star Award winner, recently completed a Master of Music degree at Westminster Choir College in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. She has performed the leading roles of The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, The Dew Fairy in Hansel & Gretel, Oberto in Alcina, Yum-Yum in The Mikado and Serpina in La Serva Padrona. She had the opportunity to learn the roles of both Mimi and   Musetta in La Bohème with the Bronx Opera Company. As a Resident  Artist with Underworld Productions Opera, she performed in the NY staged premiere of Clarence and Anita. Jenne has been featured as a soloist with Opera New Jersey, Westminster Opera Theater, Westminster Kantorei and Kinnara Ensemble and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Israel.

 Cassandra Lambros- Rising Star Award Winner
Cassandra Lambros, Soprano

Featured Performer:

Soprano, Cassandra Marie Lambros, holds a BM in violin performance, with highest honors, from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Cassandra placed second in the Friday-Woodmere Music Club Young Artist Competition, was a Semi-Finalist in the New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition and won the Hellenic Music Foundation Scholarship and Irving Ludwig Young Artist Auditions. She has sung with Pacific Opera, The Opera Project, the Opera for Humanity, New Jersey State Repertory Opera, Bleecker Street Opera, and, in 2012, sang in New Jersey Baroque Orchestra’s Summer Festival covering Pamina in The Magic Flute and covered Adina in Opera at Florham’s L’elisir d’amore, under the baton of Dr. Robert Butts. She has been soprano soloist in the Gounod St. Cecilia Mass, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, the Brahms German Requiem, Fauré Requiem, the Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ and Schubert’s Messe E-flat Cassandra, soloist with the Westfield Presbyterian Church, studies voice with Amy  Shoremount-Obra and performs in recitals and orchestras as both soprano and violinist, in addition to teaching violin, piano and voice.

 Candace Allen- Emerging Artist Award Winner
Candace Allen, Soprano

Featured Performer:

Candace A. Allen is currently a Music Therapy major at Molloy College.  The Brooklyn native has had the privilege of performing both as a soloist and ensemble member at Molloy College as well as the Florence Voice Seminar in Florence, Italy.  She began her studies at Westminster Choir College after graduating as a Voice Major from LaGuardia High School.  She is also a section leader and youth assistant at Abyssinian Baptist Church.  During her time at Westminster, Candace was fortunate to perform at Carnegie Hall and the Rosewood Gardens in New Jersey.  While in Florence, she worked with Julian Rodescu, Sally Wolf and Amy Zorn.  Candace aspires to challenge herself both mentally and spiritually while truly and positively affecting the world.  

 Laura Biagiotti- Emerging Artist Award Winner
Laura Biagiotti, Soprano

Featured Performer:

Laura Biagiotti, soprano, is currently attending Molloy college for a BS in Music Therapy, with voice as her primary. Laura is a student of Hope Osborn. She is very excited to be continuing her career in music. She has progressed tremendously within these last few years in voice, piano, and violin. She has also just begun studying guitar within her program. Laura has participated in the musical theatre shows, such as Aladdin, The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie, Godspell, and High School Musical. She has also participated in many student recitals at The Singers Forum as well as CMEA Western Region Chorus. Laura has also received high scores and many awards at the Schubert Club’s Young Musician Festival. Laura also received a Liberal Arts Grant at Molloy College. Music is Laura’s passion, in which she is    beyond excited to accomplish more in the near future, especially focusing on opera and its classical form.

 Jessica Walch- Emerging Artist Award Winner
Julia Walch, Soprano

Soprano Jessica Walch is a versatile emerging young artist. She is a recent graduate from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA with a double major in Vocal Performance and Communications. She was recently seen onstage as Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Lady Saphir in Patience, Nursing Sister & Alms Sister in Suor Angelica, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and Violet Hilton in Side Show. In 2010 she participated in the Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival where she had the privilege of studying and singing with many talented teachers and peers. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in music in the near future.

 Emma Peterson- Honorable Mention
Emma Peterson, Soprano

Emma Peterson has sung in Carnegie Hall with the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus and at the Rose Theater in Lincoln Center with the Hand in Hand concert in support of victims of the 2010 earthquake that struck Japan. She is preparing for her senior recital as a music education major (voice concentration) at The College of New Jersey. She has appeared in numerous stage roles including Orpheo et Euridice and  Pirates of Penzance  at TCNJ, H.M.S. Pinafore with Light Opera of New Jersey, and Beauty and the Beast at the Summit Playhouse.

Young Artist Links

 2012 Young Artists Winners 

Sharon Byrne - Milton Cross Award Winner
Sharon Byrne, Mezzo Soprano

Featured Performer:

Sharon Byrne

 Click Here for Sharon Byrne's  Minuetto Festival Young Artist Performance

Sharon Byrne has been the mezzo-soprano soloist and alto section leader at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, NJ for sixteen seasons.  She has actively participated in Calvary’s concert series over the years.  Her many oratorio performances as a soloist with Calvary and with several local concert series include Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, as well as Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, Bach's Mass in B-Minor, Bach's St. John Passion, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Requiem, and Verdi's Requiem.          

Sharon has completed her graduate studies at Shenandoah Conservatory where she earned her Master of Music Education degree.  While studying for her undergraduate degree at Westminster Choir College, she sang with the Westminster Symphonic Choir in performance of Britten's War Requiem, Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au Boucher and Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem (recorded with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Kurt Masur).  Sharon can be heard on two other recordings (Singing for Pleasure and Westminster Choir at Spoleto Festival, U.S.A.) and she toured Europe and the Far East with the critically acclaimed Westminster Choir and under the direction of Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. 

She has performed in the opera choruses of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, Verdi's Falstaff and Janáček's The Excursions of Brouček to the Moon and to the Fifteenth Century at the Spoleto Festival, U.S.A.  Her solo musical theatre roles include Katisha in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta Mikado and Mrs. Ott in Floyd’s opera Susannah.  Sharon also enjoyed her seven years singing with the award winning young professional group The Antioch Choral Ensemble and can be heard on their first album Winter Songs.

Sharon is currently studying voice with Dr. Christopher Arneson of Westminster Choir College and coaches with Ms. Pamela Gilmore of Rutgers University.

 

www.SharonLByrne.com

Judy Marchman - Milton Cross Award Winner
Judy Marchman, Soprano

Featured Performer:

Click Here for Judy Marchman's Minuetto Young Artist Performance

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Judy Marchman’s voice is a delicate blend of rich and ethereal beauty, “…her high soprano soaring with ease above vocalists and instruments alike.” [South Florida Classical Review] Roles she has performed include the starchy schoolteacher, Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring, the dark and comedic Foreign Woman in Menotti’s The Consul and the fateful Eurydice in Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orfée. Her voice often referred to as “bell-like”, Ms. Marchman also sings Nanetta and Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff and is slated to conquer the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Spring 2013. Currently studying for her DMA at the University of Miami, she teaches applied voice, opera theater and diction. Ms. Marchman continues to appear within the United States, scheduled to perform Rutter’s Magnificat and Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3, Sorrowful Songs in Colorado, Mozart’s Requiem in Florida and various recitals in Michigan, Washington, D.C. and Tennessee.  BM, Palm Beach Atlantic University and MM, Florida State University

Erica Papillion-Posey - Rising Star Award Winner
Erica Papillion-Posey, Mezzo Soprano

Featured Performer:

Erica Papillion-Posey

Click Here for Erica Papillion-Posey's Minuetto Young Artist Performance

“....Purely exciting and rich! ....great delivery of text....” ~Arte & Musica Magazine

“....Gorgeous, powerful voice!....” ~Dr. Juliana Bishop-Hoch, Loveland Opera Theatre

March 2012, mezzo soprano, Erica Papillion-Posey launched the first program in a three recital series entitled: An Evening of Classical Treasures. “….incredibly beautiful, engaging and warm….” were but some of the terms used by ~Dr. Arthur Jones, Founder & Chair Emeritus of The Spirituals Project, to describe her preparation and interpretation of the text.


Reared in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Ms. Papillion-Posey is an impressive singing actress with an emerging national and international resume. On the opera stage or in recital— she is not to be missed. Her memorable 2010 performance with the Tusica Opera Festival inspired a return invitation for the 2011 season as the 3rd lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and praised performances in Tarquinia, Civita di Bagnoregio, Castilione, Capranica and Ronciglione, Italy of the Pergolesi sacred beauty, Stabat Mater at the direction of Timothy Leon. Additionally, in 2011, she sang the role of Bizet’s Carmen and Annina from Verdi’s La Traviata in Bari, Italy. July, 2010, Ms. Papillion-Posey made her international debut as the Darth Vader of female operatic characters, La zia Principessa from Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the Tuscia Opera Festival, under the baton of maestro Stefano Vignati in Viterbo and Rome, Italy. In March 2010, she premiered the role of Lucretia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. In December 2009, Ms. Papillion-Posey was the featured alto soloist in Faith Lutheran’s production of Handel’s Messiah. In April 2008, she secured the title role of the alluring seductress Carmen with the Lamont School of Music at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, CO. Ms. Papillion-Posey’s early career roles include: her 2007 debut of Princess Akara, from Cherise Leiter and Leanna Kirchoff’s world premier of The Lady or the Tiger, an adaptation of the beloved short story by Franck Stockton; her 2006 -few fries short of a happy meal- rendering of Madam Flora, “Baba” from Giancarlo Menotti’s The Medium, and Mozart’s man-swapping sister, Dorabella.

Ms. Papillion-Posey is most at home in 19th century, Romantic literature with celebrated composers Giuseppe Verdi, Georges Bizet, Camille Saint-Saens and Gaetano Donizetti. Her operatic specialty roles include: Carmen (Carmen), Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Amneris (Aida), Azucena (Il Trovatore), Suzuki (Madam Butterfly) Charlotte (Werther) and Adalgisa (Norma) and Dorabella (Così fan tutte) with concert repertoire including: Messiah, Verdi Requiem, Alto Rhapsody, Mahler Symphony No. 2 & No. 8, Cinco Canciones Negras, Beethoven's Symphony No.9 and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.

Ms. Papillion-Posey has been selected for masterclass appointments and coaching sessions with: distinguished opera and art song bass-baritone Simon Estes of the University of Iowa; character mezzo, Judith Christin; accomplished tenor, Donald Kaasch and Michael Capasso, founder and general director of DiCapo Opera. Summer 2012 she will be working and coaching with renowned mezzo soprano, Grace Bumbry at the Bumbry Vocal and Opera Academy, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany.

Among her scholarly pursuits, Ms. Papillion-Posey holds a Master of Music degree and Advanced Certificate in vocal performance (both with honors and distinction) from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music, a Bachelor of Music in voice from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Diploma in Business Management from Platt Business and Technical College. She has been the recipient of many music awards and grants such as the: International Lyric Academy of Rome e Viterbo Award, AMICI of Denver Scholarship, Dante Alighieri Music Scholarship Competition, Jeff Bradley Music Scholarship Fund, E. Stoddard Young Endowment Scholarship, Stratton Faulhaber Scholarship, Coulter Norbloom Scholarship Grant and Joseph Docksey Career Development Fund Award and the 2005 first and 2006 second place, opera division winner of the Vocal Arts Competition of Colorado, to name a few. In 2010, Ms. Papillion-Posey, along with friends and fellow vocalist, Christie Connolley and Melissa Wimbish founded, directed and wrote extensively for www.Operagasm.com, a substantive, cutting-edge e-magazine focusing on current events, news, reviews, interviews, fashion and editorial contributions regarding opera and classical music.

Ms. Papillion-Posey currently serves as Director of Artistic Programs and liaison to Boettcher Boys and Girls Club of Aurora for Grand Design Inc., a cultural and performing arts group. She is also a member of the Italian Institute of Denver, L’Alliance Française de Denver, The Lamont Society and Friends of Music at Metro.

www.epapillionposey.com

Craig Sanphy - Rising Star Award Winner
Craig Sanphy

Featured Performer:

Craig Sanphy

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Craig Sanphy, a native of Concord, NH, is immensely enjoying a gap year before he begins his auditions for grad schools in the fall.  In the past year alone he has appeared with multiple companies, including the Delaware Valley Opera Company (Don Ottavio understudy in Don Giovanni), Princeton Music Festival (Chorus in Francesca di Ramini), Opera MODO (Elder Hayes in Susannah) and the Westminster Opera Theatre (Chorus in Cosi Fan Tutte).  He currently resides in Princeton where he studies voice with Dr. Sharon Sweet.

Shannon Hunt - Rising Star Winner
Shannon Hunt, Soprano

Featured Performer:

Shannon Hunt

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Shannon Elizabeth Hunt has performed many operas and musical theater roles including “Barbarina”(Le nozze di Figaro), “Belinda” (Dido and Aeneas), “Suor Genovieffa” (Suor Angelica), “Despina” (Così fan tutte), “Liza Dulin” (A.F.R.A.I.D.), “Célie” (Signor Deluso), “Alexandria” (Regina) and “Sharon Graham” (Master Class). She has performed as a soloist in oratorios and cantatas including Haydn’s Missa Brevis No.7, Fauré’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Resphigi’s Lauda per la Natività, Poulenc’s Gloria, Duboise’s Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, Hoiby’s Hymn of the Nativity, Handel’s Messiah and Bach Cantatas 58, 147, 150 and 197.

 

In addition to singing, Ms. Hunt enjoys playing the piano, violin and composing. She has won many awards and scholarships for vocal performance and composition from such institutions and organizations as Westminster Choir College, Classical Productions, Music Teachers National Association, Mobile Opera Guild, National Association of Teachers of Singing and Birmingham-Southern College.

 

Ms. Hunt has performed with Brooklyn Repertory Opera, The Herbert Mark Newman Theater, M4JP and Birmingham Opera Works. She currently performs with Opera Oggi NY and Follow the Drinking Gourd and is a section leader at Westfield Presbyterian Church in NJ.

http://www.shannonehunt.com

Hope Osborn - Rising Star Winner
Hope Osborn, Soprano

Featured Performer:

Hope Osborn

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Jenne Carey - Rising Star Winner
Jenne Carey, Soprano

Featured Performer:

Jenne Carey

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Stanley Wilson - Rising Star Award Winner
Stanley Wilson, Tenor

Featured Performer:

Stanley Wilson

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Most of today’s outstanding artists started young; Stanley Wilson is no exception. His first solo performance was at age six, singing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” at a Christmas party, which kindled his interest in music leading him to pursue a life long study of singing and performance. He received his Master of Music from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts in Opera Performance and continues to learn by keeping up his studies in New York City with Anthony Laciura as well as William Hicks of the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Wilson has amassed an extensive list of oratorio and opera credits which include presentations of Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s  Elijah, and Schubert Mass in B-flat  as well as Monostatos in  Die Zauberflöte, Basilio and Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Bardolfo in Falstaff and Gastone in La Traviata and Lorenzo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi. As a recital soloist, Mr. Wilson has performed with pianist Malcolm Halliday the works of Elgar, Bridge, Quilter, Vaughan Williams, Schumann and many others. Mr. Wilson teaches voice privately from his home in Worcester, Massachusetts. His philosophy of singing is: “Whether one is singing classical, musical theatre, jazz, pop or rock, a sound technique must come first. From there, a singer can begin to develop the ability to communicate with the listener and to explore what music is truly about.”  

www.stanleywilsontenor.com 

 

 

Sara Noble - Rising Star Award Winner
Sara Noble, Soprano

Sara Noble

Featured Performer:

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Michelle Repella - Emerging Artist Award
Michelle Repella, Mezzo Soprano

Featured Performer:

Michelle Repella

Michelle Repella is an active choral and opera singer in the greater Tri-State area. Her love for these two genres in particular are what propelled her to attend Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ for voice and music education studies. While at Westminster, she studied under Faith Esham privately, and while a member of the prestigious Symphonic choir, sang under the batons of Maestros Joseph Flummerfelt, Neeme Jarvi, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Ms. Repella also sang on the national tour of A Royal Christmas, starring Andrea Bocelli and Denyce Graves. Ms. Repella also held post in the professional choir of St. Bartholomew's Church, NYC, and was fortunate enough to do several recordings and many concerts while there. She also is a member of Anam Cara, based out of Philadelphia, PA, which has recorded three albums under the GIA label, focused in premiering new choral works. Ms. Repella continues to study and sing operatically, most recently having sung La Zia Principessa in Puccini's Suor Angelica with Trinity Opera, NYC. In 2009, Ms. Repella was accepted into the Intermezzo's Elardo Young Artist Program, which was held in Bruges, Belgium. For a month, she studied with Marishka Wierzbicki and Patricia McCaffrey, and coached under J. David Jackson, Andrew Wise, and John Lidal. She sang in the European Premiere of Marc Adamo's opera "Little Women" as Cecelia March. The premiere was held in Bruges' Stadsschouwburg theater in the heart of the city. Ms. Repella has also sung chorus for the Princeton festival for several seasons, as well as New Jersey Opera Theater and Regina Opera. Ms. Repella continues to study and love the field, and works hard to maintain a good balance between her love of choirs and solo work.

 

Jamie Leonard - Emerging Artist Award
Jamie Leonard, Soprano

Featured Performer:

Jamie Leonard

 

A native Hoosier, Jami was honored to attend Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, completing her Bachelor of Music in 2009 and Master of Music in 2011 as a student of Patricia Wise.  Favorite roles with IU Opera include originating the role of Marguerite Gashet in Bernard Rands’ World Premiere of “Vincent”, Maria  (West Side Story) and Clara Johnson  (The Light in the Piazza).   Workshop Performances under the tutelage of Silvia McNair include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro)and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte); under Carol Vaness,  Blanche (Diologues des Carmelites) and Manon (Manon). 

As an undergraduate, Jami won the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale competition (2008). She originated the role of Juliet in Dr. Don Freund’s (IU Composition Dept. Head) “Romeo and Juliet: A Musical Drama” at the Bloomington Playwrights Project.  Subsequently, she sang the role of Jenny in Kurt Weil’s “Down in the Valley” at the Waldron Arts Center.

Jami continued on to complete her masters degree as a Merit Scholarship winner. During her graduate work, she attended the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute in San Francisco where she performed the role of Giunone in “La Calisto”, along with scene performances as Meg (Falstaff), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) and Manon (Manon).  While in San Francisco, Jami was honored to participate in a Master Class given by Patricia Racette.

This Spring, Jami has had the privilege to work for the Center for Contemporary Opera(CCO) in New York City, singing in the Atelier Premiere of Eric Salzman’s “Big Jim and the Small Time Investors”.  She also traveled with the company to Avignon Opera Theater as the company’s manager for their production of “The Secret Agent”.  This Fall, Jami looks forward continuing her work as Company Manager for CCO’s production of “A Death in the Family” to be performed in NYC and Szegad, Hungary.

Laura Ann Heckmann - Emerging Artist Award
Laura Ann Heckmann Soprano

Featured Performer:

Laura Ann Heckmann

Laura Ann Heckmann debuted with the Northern Westchester Symphony in 2009.  With degrees in both music and business, she has worked as the soprano soloist and section leader for the Presbyterian Church of New Rochelle. Her performing credits include Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Siebel in Faust with rave reviews for the Hudson Lyric Opera.  She also has appeared as Lady Ella in Patience with Einstein Symphony Orchestra and a young artist with Connecticut Lyric Opera.  Summer performing engagements include the Plaintiff in Trial By Jury with Connecticut Gilbert and Sullivan Society and Cinderella in Into the Woods with Theater West. 

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The Symphonic Chorus

The 2014 Festival Finale Concert Video

Become a part of the Minuetto Music Festival Symphonic Chorus today!  Complete and return the registration form below with your directors recommendation.  Your membership in the Symphonic Chorus includes admission to all Festival Concerts!

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Symphonic Chorus Rehearsals

  • Symphonic Chorus-Festival Week Rehearsals  

    Dates: June 23, 25, 27
    Location: Central Presbyterian Church, Summit NJ
    Rehearsal Times: Symphonic Chorus: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    Dress Rehearsal June 28:

    11:00 - 1:30 Orchestra & Soloists
     
    1:30 – 1:45 Break

    1:45 – 3:00  Full Dress Choir & Orchestra

    3:00 – 6:00  Break

    6:00 - 7:00 Sound Check

    7:00 – Doors open

    7:30 – 9:00 Concert

    Concert Attire: Ladies-Full Length Concert Black
                            Men: Tuxedo or Concert Black suit with black bowtie 

 

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The Minuetto Music Festival Sponsors

The Continuo Arts Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for their support  of the Minuetto Music Festival.  Please patronize our sponsors and be sure to thank them for their support!

 

The Grand Summit Hotel-Title Sponsor
The Grand Summit Hotel, 204, 2013 & 2012 - Ask for the special Minuetto Festival Rates!

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Just 30 minutes from New York City and situated in one of the most prestigious towns in the state of New Jersey, The Grand Summit Hotel has established a reputation for charm and elegance through unique accommodations in an intimate setting. The hotel is a short walk from the vibrant Summit downtown featuring upscale restaurants, boutique shopping, and direct service to midtown Manhattan. Whether planning a special occasion or just visiting on business or pleasure, The Grand Summit Hotel is the perfect destination. The hotel's HAT Tavern offers comfort foods in a unique and lively setting. Enjoy the big game or just spend time with family and friends. Sunday Brunch is among the most respected in the area and a private room for events is available.

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The Manley-Winser Foundation
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The Wells Fargo Bank
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Overlook Medical Center
Overlook Medical Center, 2012 & 2013

The Foundation for Morristown Medical Center and the Overlook Foundation are nonprofit public foundations that help preserve and expand our hospitals' programs and services in patient care, clinical research, medical and public health education, and preventative medicine.

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Peapack-Gladstone Bank
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Hilltop Community Bank
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We established Hilltop Community Bank because we believe small business owners, professionals, and families prefer personalized banking service. Summit, New Jersey, our home town, is a very desirable suburban community with a business mix that appreciates a positive and responsive attitude from its service providers. We would welcome your business and comments of how we might better meet your financial needs.

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Somerset Hills Bank
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The Minuetto Music Festival 2014 Clinicians & Staff Members

Beverly Coulter
Artistic Director

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.

Candace Wicke
Artistic Director/Producer

Candace Wicke, made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2002, premiering the Symphony of Psalms by Imant Raminsh.  As a champion of new music, Dr. 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 di Musica Sacre Series in Roma, Italy. In 2009 Wicke conducted the World Premiere of A Carol Fantasy by Stephen Edwards in Carnegie Hall on the new “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 Raminsh Missa 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, and is also scheduled to conduct the concert 2,000 years in the making “Live from St. Peters Square” featuring the world premiere of the Revelation Trilogy.  This historic event is the first professional concert to be presented in St. Peter’s Square, City Vaticano.  The 2012 Giovani Musicisti festival will feature Dr. Wicke conducting the world premiere of Missa Brevis by Stephen Edwards in Rome, Assisi & Prague. The 2013 season includes a concert collaboration with the Bayreuth Festival presenting Wagner’s only Oratorio Liebesmahl der Apostel in recognition of his 200th birthday. 

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 Théatre 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.

Dr. Wicke is President, Executive Director and Principal Conductor for the Continuo Arts Foundation. Wicke conducts the Continuo Arts ensembles including the Children’s Chorus, Singers!, Continuos!, Civic Chorale and Seniors Sing!, 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.  

Jocelyn McGillian
Executive Assistant/Artist Liason

Mezzo-Soprano, Jocelyn McGillian, is executive assistant for the Continuo Arts Foundation, and a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance as a student of Sharon Sweet. While at Westminster, she sang roles such as Connie Sue in the musical Smile, an Soeur Antoine in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, in addition to performing in scenes from Mozart’s Die Zauberflote. In 2008, Ms. McGillian was selected to attend the Crittenden Opera Studio, where she performed in scenes from Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Delibes’ Lakme, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Ms. McGillian’s solo professional debut was in May 2009 in the Spoleto Music Festival’s production of Charpentier’s Louise. At Westminster, Ms. McGillin appeared as a soloist with the Westminster Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum, Williamson Voices, and the world-renowned Westminster Choir. Ms. McGillian is currently a member of the All Saints’ Choir in Princeton, NJ, where she recently performed as a mezzo soloist in  Mozart’s Requiem. Additionally, she has made appearances with Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs as the mezzo soloist for the Bach Christmas Oratorio, and as Pitti-Sing in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. In 2010, Ms. McGillian was a soloist with Princeton Pro Musica in the Schnittke Requiem.

 

Tom Colao
Associate Conductor

Continuo Arts Conducting Fellow Tom Colao, is currently Director of Music and Organist at All Saints’ Church, Princeton, New Jersey. Born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Mr. Colao attended the Mannes College of Music in Manhattan, studying voice and choral conducting, before transferring to Westminster Choir College to pursue studies in organ and sacred music. While at Westminster, he sang as a member of Westminster Choir, under the direction of Dr. Joe Miller, in addition to performances with the Choir as both a tenor and organ  soloist. He also made frequent appearances conducting various student ensembles. Mr. Colao maintains an active schedule as an accompanist, vocal coach, freelance conductor and recitalist. In addition, he is the composer of several works for both choral and instrumental ensembles.

 

 

Sean Guerrier
Development Associate & Program Coordinator
Martha Bartz
Clinician
Corbin Brett Abernathy
Clinician
Terry Faldon
Program Coordinator
Minuetto Music Festival Organizational Staff

 

Festival Co-Chairs:

  • Janet Whitman
  • Lyle Brehm

Festival Committee:

  • Betty McColgan
  • Betse Gump
  • Mia Andersen
  • Millie Cooper
  • Dee Robertson
  • Heidi Evenson

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