The Vision: The Continuo Arts Foundation is 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 Continuo Arts Foundation is commited to providing all-encompassing and unforgettable musical experiences in concerts, classes, workshops and throughout the education spectrum; leading to a life-long love and support of the arts.
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 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.
The Mission: The Continuo Arts Foundation mission is to further musical education, performance, composition, exposure and appreciation from generation to generation
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. In 2008, the Continuo Arts Inaugural Concert was presented in collaboration with the Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra in Vatican City as part of the prestigious Festival di Arte e Sacra Concert Series; sharing the program with the likes of the Vienna Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach, Helmuth Rilling and Leo Kramer. Televised by Vatican TV and broadcast around the world, singers as young as 6 and up to age 60 presented the European premiere of Stephen James Edward's "Requiem for My Mother". Filmed for the documentary of the same name and recording in the famous Moriconne studio in Rome, individuals from across the country experienced a true 'once-in-a-lifetime' artistic, educational and cultural experience. Continuo Arts launched it's Intergenerational Choral program in 2009. Growing to over 150 singers in less than a year, the music programs feature ensembles which include: Children's Chorus (age 6-12) The Continuos! (boys 13 – 18) The Singers (girls 13 – 18) Civic Chorale (adult singers) These important programs provide musical enrichment & education throughout the life span, offering opportunitys for performance, community service projects, and outreach. Committed to bringing music to the masses, these choruses present major concerts free of charge to the public throughout the year in addition to many community service performances. Weekly rehearsals, music study and master classes prepared singers and ensembles both local and from across the country to engage in historic and life-altering performances in historic Carnegie Hall: The 2009 "Christmas Time in the City" concert featured the World Premiere of Stephen James Edwards "A Carol Fantasy" and provided Carnegie Hall debuts for young artists including: Diva Musica The Spencer Brothers The Yale Spizzwinks Judy Kang Embellishment The Shoreline Ringers Matt Herskowitz Rebecca Sjowall Walker Joyce Avery Sommers The 2010 Lee Kjelson Memorial "Sounds of Music" Series celebrated the power & passion of music transforming the world. Named for and in honor of the famed music educator Lee Kjelson, the concert featured the world premiere of Gary Fry's "Sing a Song with Me" and the New York Premiere of "Hope". Young singers from Chicago's Midwest Young Artist program joined the youth choruses from Continuo Arts, Newark Academy and Kent Place School and were afforded the incrediable opportunity to perform at a young age on the famed Carnegie Hall Stage. This concert included the Carnegie Hall conducting and artist debuts of: Gary Fry Destino The Continuo Arts Summer Musical Theater Conservatory, a three-week intensive musical theater immersion experience was founded in 2010. Open to youth from all socio-economic backgrounds, the summer program encourages artistry and self-expression while giving young people a positive and healthy outlet for instruction and creativity. With the reputation for excellence, the Continuo Arts Children's Chorus received an invitation to perform with International superstar Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra in 2010 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Performing a tribute to Michael Jacksons, the singers were joined by soloist Carmen Monarcha in a rousing presentation to over 16,000 concert goers. In 2011, Seniors Sing! a free program for the 'young-at-heart' was launched as the final piece of our Intergenerational Choral Program and in collaboration with the Summit Community Programs. Seniors from many communities throughout New Jersey meet each week to sing, laugh, revive and socialize with music as the central component. Averaging 50 singers a week, an enrollment of over 70 developed within months. This positive response solidified the timely relevance and obvious need of this important program. Performing in many community service appearances, Seniors Sing! members comment that: "This is the hour of the week I live for!" "I don't know what I'd do without Seniors Sing" "I feel like a new person after Seniors Sing!" "For one hour a week, I forget about my health problems" "Seniors Sing keeps me going" The first International Festival di Arte per Giovani Musicisti began in 2011. Collaborating again with the Fondazione Pro Musica E Arte Sacra, this concert festival is designed to provide 1st tier performances opportunities for the artists of tomorrow. Represented by singers from Continuo Arts and the Oak Knoll School, these outstanding young artists from the United States were joined by Italy's Coro Dell'a Ventino and experienced a transformative cultural exchange. Giovani Musicisti 2011 also presented the International Young Artist Debut of: Samantha Donohue In 2011, Continuo Arts launched a Conducting Fellows program; designed to offer a platform for continuing education, conducting opportunities and performance experience to up & coming young conductors.