UNION COUNTY, NJ - Dr. Candace Wicke, Executive Director of the Continuo Arts Foundation, has been selected for the 2016 Women of Excellence Award in Arts and Humanities for her many contributions to the community in the field of music. 

The awards are made annually by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women to recognize women who live or work in Union County and who have distinguished themselves by making major contributions in one or more of the following categories: Arts and Humanities, Business, Community Service, Education, Government, Law, Law Enforcement, Medicine and/or Women’s Advocacy.

Dr. Wicke founded the Continuo Arts Foundation in 2007 in order to enhance lives and communities through music and to bring people together by providing musical opportunities to individuals of all generations.  Continuo Arts is the most comprehensive intergenerational choral program in New Jersey offering seven choral ensembles for children to adult, senior citizens to professional. In seven short years she has impacted thousands of performers of and countless numbers of concert-goers locally, nationally and around the world: from annual concerts series and community outreach performances, national venues of note including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Music Center at Strathmore, to international stages in Ireland, Prague, Rome, Vatican City and even an historic first performance in the Sistine Chapel.  In 2015, the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus was the on-stage chorus for 42 performances premiering Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the Paper Mill Playhouse. According to the NY Times “…the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus sounds marvelous, they are the signal pleasure of the show”.

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Wicke has a strong passion for community service and making music accessible to all.  This is exhibited through many collaborations and outreach to community organizations such as the Summit Community Center where Seniors Sing!, a senior citizen chorus serving members from three counties, meets weekly to rehearse and provide community outreach to hospitals, civic organizations, and senior citizen groups.  A champion of new music, she has conducted numerous premieres in Carnegie Hall, is the Artistic Director of The Minuetto Music Festival and Music Director of Continuo’s Summer Musical Theater Conservatory.

Recipients of the 2016 Women of Excellence Awards will be honored at a gala dinner on Friday, March 18th at the Galloping Hill Caterers in Union.  For more information, call 908-264-5324.