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EXTRAORDINARILY

TA L E N T E D

PEOPLE

OPPORTUNITIES TO

PERFORM AT T H E

HIGHEST LEVEL ENCOURAGING ENVIRONMENT FOR

ARTISTIC GROWTH

GLOBAL

ENRICHMENT OF THE

ARTS


CONTENTS THE BIG PICTURE AT CONTINUO ARTS | 1

OUR CHORAL PROGRAMS | 6 THE MINUETTO MUSIC FESTIVAL | 14 BROADWAY & BEYOND: MUSICAL THEATER | 16 THE CONSERVATORY | 18 INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES | 20 CONTINUO AT A GLANCE | 22


A WORD FROM OUR

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear Members, Patrons, and Community Leaders, Welcome to Continuo Arts! This book is designed to provide for you a thorough picture of the many opportunities available to you, your family, and our communities at large. As you peruse through our various program offerings, I hope you soon realize that there is a place for everyone at Continuo Arts, whether young or old, experienced or novice.  Our Conservatory structure is designed to offer a comprehensive platform of musical education and artistic experiences  that will enrich your lives, further your dreams, and create life-long memories. A relentless commitment to excellence is what  makes Continuo Arts stand apart and ensures continued performance opportunities and collaborations of the highest standard.  From serving as Choirs-in-Residence in Carnegie Hall to performing world premieres for Disney Theatrical at The Paper Mill Playhouse; from historic firsts in the Sistine Chapel to world tours in Greece, Italy, Ireland, Vatican City, and the Czech Republic, there is no place like Continuo! Our vocal and instrumental Conservatory students receive instruction of the highest caliber. Young artists seeking a professional performance track participate in both the week-long and year-long programs of The Minuetto Music Festival. Broadway & Beyond offers workshops, shows, masterclasses, and a summer intensive program for Triple-Threats from far and wide!  How is this all possible?  It takes motivated members, inspired staff, board leadership, committed patrons, community partners, and YOU… so welcome to Continuo! We believe in the power of music, arts and education; we encourage both individual and corporate achievement.  We understand the importance of family and support intergenerational programs that provide a forum for families to participate together – for the young to inspire the old, for the old to mentor the young. We know that our culture defines us so we are committed to  enriching that culture and to collaborating with other organizations and community leaders. Together, we are dedicated to making a difference.  Thank you for joining us! With you as a member, patron, sponsor, concert goer… oh, the places we will go! Sincerely,

Candace Wicke Candace Wicke, DMA Founder, President, & Executive Director

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THE MISSION of The Continuo Arts

Foundation is to further musical education, exposure, and appreciation from generation to generation. We are committed to innovative approaches to music that engage all demographics – from the young to the old, from the seasoned to the inexperienced – and cultivate their musical enrichment. Founded in 2007, The Continuo Arts Foundation has evolved into a professional arts organization whose

ambition and artistry have impacted lives across the globe.

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WHY MUSIC?

“Music: 1.) increases intelligence, and 2.) is a basic life skill, like being able to march to a beat.” “Learning music in early childhood stimulates the brain for ‘optimal brain development.’” Dr. Elizabeth Carlton

Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz

“‘Vocal range’ and ‘pitch matching’ are teachable – not innate – skills, provided children have been exposed continually, starting at an early age, to music making.” Dr. Debra Hedden

“An estimated 42.6 million Americans regularly sing in choruses today. More than 1 in 5 households have at least one singing family member, making choral singing the most popular form of participation in the performing arts for both adults and children.” Chorus America (2009 Chorus Impact Study)

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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.

A STORY OF

MUSIC, INSPIRATION, & OPPORTUNITY

INAUGURAL CONCERT IN ROME 2008

PREMIERING IN CARNEGIE HALL 2009

FEATURED WITH ANDRE RIEU 2010

EXPANSION ACROSS THE GENERATIONS 2011

International premiere of Requiem for My Mother with the Prague Philharmonic

Premiere of A Carol Fantasy with Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra

Continuo Arts Children’s Chorus performs with Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra

Launching of Seniors Sing!, senior citizens’ choir, and Continuos, boys’ choir – totaling five choirs for Continuo Arts

Subject of 2017 PBS documentary

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LINCOLN CENTER WITH THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT 2012 Presenting Yunus Emre with Turksoy Orchestra in collaboration with Turkish government


“For any new arts organization today to survive for years – let alone achieve the notable successes of Continuo Arts – is as remarkable as it is commendable. The lives you have enriched with your dedication to excellence and musical meaning are found not only on the stage in performers but also in the audiences who have been fortunate to experience your music-making. There is much to celebrate, especially the prospect of what the future holds for The Continuo Arts Foundation.”

- Gary Fry, composer

“I remember when this idea was only a dream. What an amazing job you and your team have done creating a world-class foundation for the promotion of the performing arts and music education. It’s no secret that you have provided inspiring performance opportunities in world-class venues for scores of singers and instrumentalists for many years. I applaud your vision and stamina.”

- Mark Hayes, composer “I have watched your organization grow tremendously and feel a special bond and honor to have been a small part of it. Each and every one of you should acknowledge yourselves as artists in the truest sense of the word, and you should be proud to be authors of your artistic endeavors. Continuo Arts has flourished beyond any of our wildest expectations, and the organization is really only beginning. Since all of you have covered this immense amount of ground in such a short time, just imagine what could be possible in the future!” - Stephen Edwards, composer

BIRTH OF YEAR-LONG YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM 2013 Launching of Sonaré, a professional ensemble sponsored by The Minuetto Music Festival, a department of Continuo Arts – seven full-year ensembles

FIRST IN THE SISTINE CHAPEL 2014 Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus is the first American ensemble to sing inside of the Sistine Chapel

DISNEY AT PAPER MILL 2015 Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus collaborates with Disney for the premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame Described in The New York Times as “marvelous” and “one of the signal pleasures of the show”

CONSERVATORY GRAND OPENING 2016

CHOIRS-INRESIDENCE AT CARNEGIE HALL 2017

Services offered by Continuo Arts expands from choral and musical theater programs to lessons in voice, piano, tap, and other disciplines

Continuo Arts ensembles named Carnegie Hall Choirs-inResidence

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C H O I R - I N - R E S I D E N C E AT

CARNEGIE HALL For ages 6-12 Audition required Tuition: $875 Materials Fee: $85

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TUESDAYS 4:30pm5:45pm Weekly rehearsals include fifteen-minute lessons in music theory, ear training, and sight-singing.

The Children’s Choir of New Jersey is the premiere auditioned ensemble for children’s voices ages 6-12. Strong vocal technique, exemplary pedagogy and diverse repertoire comprise the musical foundation upon which Children’s Choir members build the skills that ensure on-going musical success and opportunity in the future. 6 | CHORAL PROGRAMS


SING

“I’ve noticed my daughter’s confidence in herself soar this year, both in choir and at school… I have no doubt the one-on-one attention and companionship she got through the children's chorus played a HUGE role in improving her selfconfidence.”

Marguerite Marty, parent; Civic Chorale

www.childrenschoirnj.com | Facebook: @childrenschoirnj THE CONTINUO ARTS FOUNDATION | 7


C H O I R - I N - R E S I D E N C E AT

CARNEGIE HALL For ages 13-18 Audition required Tuition: $985 Materials Fee: $85

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SINGERS

(advanced girls) MONDAYS 7:30pm-9:00pm

CONTINUOS

(upper middle/high school boys) MONDAYS 7:30pm-9:00pm

CHANTICLEERS (intermediate girls) TUESDAYS 5:30pm-7:30pm Youth Choir of New Jersey is an ensemble for outstanding young voices ages 13-18. Members engage in community service outreach appearances, annual concert performances, showcase cabarets and a wide variety of activities that not only encourage self-confidence, teamwork, poise, and stage presence but ones that inspire concert goers, community members and arts aficionados around the world. 8 | CHORAL PROGRAMS


INSPIRE

“A little more than one year ago, I was looking for a group

of singers and performers who loved music as much as I do. Now, I can proudly say I’ve been a lead in a musical and am heading to sing in Carnegie Hall! The Continuo Arts Foundation opened a whole new realm of opportunities I am grateful to be able to explore.”

Olivia Pescatore Chanticleers; Broadway & Beyond

www.youthchoirnj.com | Facebook: @youthchoirnj THE CONTINUO ARTS FOUNDATION | 9


C H O I R - I N - R E S I D E N C E AT

CARNEGIE HALL Audition required Tuition: $500 Materials Fee: $85

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For adult singers who love to perform, this ensemble delves into choral music throughout the ages. From standard choral masterpieces to opera choruses, from Gregorian Chant to 21st Century Composers, group members engage in exciting and educational rehearsals, sectionals and vocal workshops. Extensive work on breath support, vocal production, stage presence, musical interpretation and textual content will take place. The Civic Chorale performs in community concerts and joins with other singers from around the world as part of the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus.

TUESDAYS 7:30pm9:00pm 10 | CHORAL PROGRAMS


EMBRACING THE CHALLENGE OF

EXCELLENCE

“Music unites all qualities: it can exalt us, divert us, cheer us up, or break the hardest of hearts with the softest of its melancholy tones. But its principal task is to lead our thoughts to higher things, to elevate, even to make us tremble… The musical art often speaks in sounds more penetrating than the words of poetry, and takes hold of the most hidden crevices of the heart… Song elevates our being and leads us to the good and the true.” Friedrich Nietzsche

www.civicchoralenj.com THE CONTINUO ARTS FOUNDATION | 11


No audition required Tuition-free See page 26

Seniors Sing is a weekly hour of happiness filled with music, friends & fun. Serving as the good will ambassadors for The Continuo Arts Foundation, Seniors Sing can be seen performing in communities across New Jersey. Members hail from five different counties, love singing, and cherish the community that is Seniors Sing!

MONDAYS 10:30am-11:30am Seniors Sing is a tuition-free program sponsored in part by The Summit Area Public Foundation and The New Jersey State Council of the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

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MUSIC FOR THE

YOUNG AT HEART

“Every day I say, ‘Thank you, Continuo Arts. Life is good.’ Probably the most important of all are the many

wonderful friends I have made through Continuo. When one's family is far away, it's our friends who sustain us, and I am grateful for every one of them in the Continuo Arts Family.”

Lyle Brehm, Seniors Sing; Civic Chorale

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LYLE BREHM, BETSE GUMP | co-chairs

JANET WHITMAN | chair emeritus

The Minuetto Music Festival, founded in the summer of 2012, exists to offer a rich and diverse program to musicians of the highest standard. From seasoned professionals to new and emerging artists, the Festival

provides the opportunity to collaborate and develop their skills

together in a constructive and educationally focused environment. The Young Artist Program offers three award levels: I. The Milton Cross Award II. The Rising Star Award III. The Emerging Artist Award Full tuition scholarship and housing provided for award winners.

Application Fee: $75 • Tuition: $1,500

SCHEDULE MASTERCLASSES & REHEARSALS Last week of June YOUNG ARTIST SHOWCASE Thursday, 7:30pm tickets required

FESTIVAL FINALE CONCERT Saturday, 7:30pm free admission | donations welcome

“I had the good fortune of being selected a winner of the Milton Cross Award and given a scholarship to the Minuetto Young Artist Program. This one week intensive left me feeling more accomplished, polished, and much more comfortable in marketing, business, and networking. I especially benefited from the business management and the audition/ aria master classes with accredited professionals in the field.”

Heather Bobeck

Milton Cross Award 2017

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Sonaré is a year-long Young Artist Program sponsored by The Minuetto Music Festival and produced by The Continuo Arts Foundation. Designed to afford professional and aspiring young artists opportunities in performance, experience, and leadership. Sonaré members serve as Artists-in-Residence throughout the season, sing in the Civic Chorale, and are featured in concerts, cabarets, and The Minuetto Music Festival. From vocal artists seeking a professional performance track to working musicians and teachers wanting an outlet for performance and networking, Sonaré provides an outstanding platform for artistic growth, enrichment, and performance.

REHEARSALS: TUESDAYS, 7:30pm-9:45pm

Audition required

www.minuettomusicfestival.com | Facebook: @MinuettoMusicFestival THE CONTINUO ARTS FOUNDATION | 15


I’m a theater kid.

I belt show tunes when I’m home alone. I wait weeks to see my costume and eat in it when I finally get it. I show up at the theater an hour early just so I can have some mirror space and walk around on the empty stage. I doodle lyrics on all my school papers and highlight all my lines the day I get my script. I keep all my show bills and obsess over Broadway.

Some people call it crazy… That’s what I am:

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A crazy theater kid.


SUMMER

SPRING

MUSICAL THEATER

INTENSIVE FEATURING STARS AGES 6-18

3-SESSION SERIES 3 WORKSHOPS EACH DAY VOICE • ACTING • DANCE

SUNDAYS

3-WEEK INTENSIVE Tuition: $1,200 Materials Fee: $100

Monday-Friday, 9AM-3PM individual and group

COACHINGS and CLASSES acting • singing • dancing

TWO PERFORMANCES one matinée • one evening fully staged and costumed two-part productions:

AGES 5-8 AGES 9-12 2-4PM 4-6PM

$50 per session • $125 for three

Tailor your child’s Triple-Threat Prep, and pick one workshop each session according to their specific needs!

FALL PRODUCTION

PART 1

a program of selections designed to provide additional opportunities for every participant to be featured

PART 2 A JUNIOR SHOW

condensed version of a musical Optional before/after care available upon request.

8-WEEK SESSION Tuition: $350 • Materials Fee: $50

Rehearsals SUNDAYS, 3-5PM culminating in a fully staged and costumed junior show www.broadwayandbeyondnj.com Facebook: @broadwayandbeyondnj THE CONTINUO ARTS FOUNDATION | 17


Steinway Queen Anne Grand Piano donated by David Luski 18 | CONSERVATORY


MULTIPLE LESSON PACKAGES

S E M E S T E R PA C K A G E

1 7 L E S S O N S • M I N I - R E C I TA L

"The Continuo Arts Foundation has been a major part of my life outside of work over the last decade. It was the vehicle for me to get back into singing and provided me the opportunity to sing with my daughter Katie on many occasions.  Along the way I became a better singer under the baton of Dr. Wicke and by taking advantage of voice lessons at the Conservatory. This is a wonderful community of talented and caring performers.” Bill Hammond, Executive Board; Civic Chorale

30 minutes 45 minutes 60 minutes

$765 $1,190 $1,530

F U L L -Y E A R PA C K A G E

3 5 L E S S O N S • F U L L R E C I TA L * 30 minutes 45 minutes 60 minutes

$1,500 $2,350 $3,000

S U M M E R PAC KAG E

8 LESSONS • JUNE-AUGUST 30 minutes 45 minutes 60 minutes

$475 $575 $760

GROUP LESSONS

45 MINUTES • 10 WEEKS Piano Tap

$285** $210

COACHING / AUDITION PREP 60-MINUTE SESSIONS

1 session 3 sessions 5 sessions

$100 $285 $450

M U S I CA L T H E AT E R Fall/Winter Intensive Triple Threat Prep 3-Week Summer Intensive

$350 Per session: $50; All 3: $125 Tuition: $1200; Materials: $100

*accompanist fee not included **includes keyboard to keep; consecutive packages at $210 Conducting & AP Music Theory tutoring available upon request.

Antique Sohmer Grand Piano donated by Norman Lerner THE CONTINUO ARTS FOUNDATION | 19


INTERNATIONAL

OPPORTUNITIES

COMING IN 2019:

THE 15TH ANNUAL

INTERNATIONAL F ES T I VAL O F THE AEGEAN SYROS • GREECE J U LY 9 – J U LY 2 4 Performances in:

CHURCH OF SAINT MARY APOLLO THEATER SAINT NICHOLAS CATHEDRAL PLATEIA Plus optional tours of: ATHENS • ERMOUPOLI • MYKONOS • CORINTH and plenty of opportunities for individual exploration! 20 | INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


ON TOUR

WITH CONTINUO ARTS

ROME

IRELAND

ASSISI

THE SISTINE CHAPEL

VATICAN CITY

PRAGUE FEATURED IN A

DOCUMENTARY The documentary journey of The Continuo Arts Foundation’s inaugural concert. The compositional story, preparation process, and the transformative power and passion of music.

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HOW WE ARE FUNDED 2% 6%

3%

8%

23%

58%

Individual Giving Memberships/Tuition Grants Corporate/Matching Funds Program Services Conservatory

For a complete list of corporate and individual donors, please visit: www.continuoarts.com/support.html 22 | AT A GLANCE


EXPENSES Programs Scholarships

4%

20%

Artistic
 74%

Operations Fundraising

Admin
 26% 80%

96%

ARTISTIC EXPENSES

Artistic expenses include artistic staff salaries, sheet music, production expenses, instruments, artistic fees, rehearsal space, and performance venues. These expenses are related directly to the production of our year-long choirs and outreach programs.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES Administrative expenses directly relate to the operations of the organization, such as staff salaries, fundraising, administrative rental space, and typical business expenditures.

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OUR TEAM

11

Board Members

5

Volunteer Staff

7

Artistic Staff

11

Events Committee Members

3 Administrative Staff

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OUR COMMUNITY

1,209 Donors

OVER

120,000 Live Audience Members

1,072

Members

63

Worldwide Venues

(and counting)

150

Community and Parent Volunteers THE CONTINUO ARTS FOUNDATION | 25


POLICIES & PROCEDURES M E M B E R P O R TA L All members of The Continuo Arts Foundation Programs have access to the Member Portal. • To log in, visit login.mymusicstaff.com. • For help accessing you account or to reset your password, please e-mail info@continuoarts.org. • To report an absence: Click “Calendar” on the homepage or left sidebar. Select the rehearsal in question on the calendar, and click “Cancel Attendance”. NOTE: All absences must be reported in advance and rehearsals must be made up within two weeks (see absentee policy below). • To access your account and make a payment: Click “Account & Invoices” on the homepage or left sidebar. Easily make a payment with PayPal or a credit card. • To access forms, practice tracks, and music PDFs: Click “Library & Downloads” on the homepage or left sidebar.

ABSENTEE POLICY In order to maintain the high standards of The Continuo Arts Foundation, members must attend all rehearsals and performances. • Excused absences: Illness, scheduled school conflict (documentation required), out-of-town, family event. • Advance notice is required via phone, e-mail, and/or the Member Portal. • All Children & Youth Choir absences must be made up: - Children’s Choir members can attend Chanticleers rehearsals. - Chanticleers may attend Children’s Choir or Singers rehearsals. - Singers may attend Chanticleers or Civic Chorale rehearsals. - Continuos may attend Civic Chorale rehearsals. - Please refer to the Choral Programs section for rehearsal times. • Two or more absences without advance notice OR two or more consecutive absences may risk a member’s eligibility to participate in upcoming Continuo Arts Performances & Events. 26 | AT A GLANCE


REHEARSAL ROUTINE

• The parking lot is behind the building. Please use the rear entrance to come into the Conservatory. • Be sure to check the sign board for room assignments and tables for any important notices, papers to take home, or new music!

AMBASSADORSHIP

You are the face of The Continuo Arts Foundation in person and online. Here are some ways that you can spread the word about all The Continuo Arts Foundation has to offer: • In person: - Share with your friends and family members what you and your children are up to at CAF! - Invite them to come sit in on a rehearsal and check out Continuo’s Choral Programs for themselves! - Stick a few referral postcards in your backpack, briefcase, or purse. - Spend an hour or two downtown hanging up posters advertising our programs and productions. ★ This is a great opportunity for Youth Choir members to earn community service hours, too! - If your contacts have questions or would like to know more about CAF, please share information with how to get in touch with us. ★ Better yet, get their permission to share their contact information with the office and Continuo Arts staff will be sure to follow up! • Online: - Be sure to follow Continuo Arts and share on all your social media platforms! - Read our weekly newsletter, “This Week @ CAF!” ★ This is the BEST way to keep up on all things Continuo! - Send out a quick e-mail to your distribution lists (family, friends, etc.) to let them know about upcoming concerts. ★ Not only will your circle love the opportunity to support you, but you may also have introduced Continuo Arts to its newest members! “Continuo Arts has a very special place in my heart. As a founding member, it has been wonderful to grow with the organization. Having the experience of singing with my two daughters from Carnegie Hall to the Sistine Chapel has been amazing! Being a part of Continuo has given me a deeper appreciation for the art of music and opportunities I never imagined. The sense of community and shared love of music among the members is a gift. At the heart of Continuo is the vision "inspiring potential", which is all about seeing beyond ourselves and inspiring others.  I look forward to many more years of inspiration to come!” - Noni MacPherson, Executive Board; Civic Chorale THE CONTINUO ARTS FOUNDATION | 27


OUR SEASON AT A GLANCE SEPTEMBER

Choral Programs & Fall Conservatory Sessions begin Youth Choir Weekend Retreat

OCTOBER

Broadway & Beyond Fall Production

NOVEMBER Annual Gala

DECEMBER

“Christmas Time in the City” Holiday Show Spectacular

JANUARY

Choral Programs resume Winter Conservatory Sessions begin

FEBRUARY

Winter/Spring Carnegie Hall Appearances begin as scheduled Annual Fund Kick-Off Cabaret

MARCH

Broadway & Beyond Triple-Threat Prep sessions

APRIL

Conservatory Recitals begin as scheduled

MAY

Spring Concert

JUNE

Minuetto Music Festival

JULY

Broadway & Beyond Musical Theater Intensive 2019: International Festival of the Aegean

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE BOARD

M E M B E R S - AT- L A R G E Dr. Jesse Peterson President, Tempo Music

Joe Ciresi

Candace Wicke, DMA

President, Executive Director

Daniel Apruzzese Board Treasurer, Accountant

Advertising & Promotions Director Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

William Hildebrandt Personnel Manager Assurant, Inc. Composer, Organist

Bill Hammond

Vice President, Investment

Management, AT&T

Jean Marie Apruzzese Chief Operating Officer, DRA Advisors

Claudia Cardillo

Johnson & Johnson, Girls Inc.

EVENTS COMMITTEE Pat Acevedo Heidi Evenson

Senior Director, Global Project Management Office, Celgene

Noni MacPherson

Director, Consumer & Market Insights, Twinings Tea

Mia Andersen Lyle Brehm Inge Gropp Betse Gump Beyza Haddock Lori LaMonica Ewa Misiewicz Christa Pescatore

Suraj Alva, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Colon and Rectal Surgery Overlook Medical Center

Susan Peterson Angela Schneller


FACULTY & STAFF Candace Wicke Founder & President Executive Director Principal Conductor Amanda BlĂźtner* Programs Manager Assistant Conductor Samantha Ferrara* Musical Theater Director Lucas Barkley*

Staff Accompanist

Teresa-Marie Gotanco* Assistant Accompanist

Administrative Assistant Craig Sanphy* Musical Theater Staff Beverly Coulter

Artistic Director Minuetto Music Festival

Daniel Apruzzese

Accountant

Lyle Brehm Development Associate * Conservatory Teaching Staff

CONTACT Address: 36 Chatham Road Summit, NJ 07901 (rear entrance) Phone: (908) 264-5324 E-mail: info@continuoarts.org

CONNECT www.continuoarts.com www.candacewicke.com @continuoarts @ContinuoArts @continuoartsfoundation

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