The new initiative involves partnerships with elementary schools, such as Natural Bridge and Morningside, and with the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center that will serve as host for Seraphic Fire’s first education concert this December. The program will also serve as a resource connecting interested students to choral education opportunities and scholarships in the South Florida community, where Seraphic Fire began and continues to be centered.
“Research underscores the fact that musical training positively impacts the development of a child’s language and reasoning skills, which helps support their learning in core disciplines,” says Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “Our partnership with Seraphic Fire’s MCA is another stellar example of education and community joining together to give children every resource and opportunity to excel academically. This will be a wonderful, music-rich experience for our students.”
“The expansion of MCA into southern Miami-Dade County is a testament to Seraphic Fire’s commitment to enriching the lives of our youngest citizens in all parts of our community. The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs remains a strong supporter of the organization’s work and its outstanding music education programs. Our Department and the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center are proud to serve as host to Seraphic Fire’s first educational concert,” says Michael Spring, Senior Advisor, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor and Director, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.
About the Program
Seraphic Fire artists will visit schools throughout the year for dynamic presentations including:
- Music theory fundamentals
- Vocal pedagogy
- Interactive exercises with the artists Students will also be invited to several specially curated Seraphic Fire performances that serve as “guided tours” of the music performed by the professional ensemble.
Managing Director Rhett Del Campo notes, “Seraphic Fire’s goal is to engage more students in the Miami-Dade community by offering them a chance to interact with world-class musicians and experience the beauty of a finely tuned vocal ensemble in live performance.”
Directing the program will be Seraphic Fire’s Chorus Master as well as Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Florida, Dr. James K. Bass, who remarks, “Each time the Seraphic Fire members are gathered in Miami, there is a staggering amount of musical ability, education experience, and human good will present. Starting this fall, Seraphic Fire will take advantage of these generous and gifted artists by re-imagining the Miami Choral Academy program.
“Most if not all of the Seraphic Fire singers can describe an early musical experience or special teacher that graciously offered their time as the reason for their further pursuit of music,” James continues. “Seraphic Fire could be that musical experience for the teachers and singers of the next generation.”
The updated MCA program is designed to be increasingly effective in the long-term while allowing for steady, future growth through experiments and partnerships with other community Arts leaders that will benefit a growing number of Miami’s youth.