Seraphic Fire’s Miami Choral Academy (MCA), in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, is a free music education program serving elementary and middle school students in economically disadvantaged communities. The program offers a unique, hands-on approach to music education and choral performance to Miami-Dade County youth.
In 2015, MCA evolved to connect with more than 10 times the number of students than in previous seasons by performing free education concerts to nearly 2,000 students and giving presentations to more than 300 students at four different schools three times throughout the year.
Seraphic Fire artists visit schools for dynamic presentations including:
- Music theory fundamentals
- Vocal pedagogy
- Interactive exercises with the artists
Students are also invited to specially curated Seraphic Fire performances that serve as “guided tours” of the music performed by the professional ensemble. The program also serves 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.
The Miami Choral Academy
Research published by Chorus America in its June 2009 Chorus Impact Study shows there are numerous academic and social benefits resulting from a child’s participation in a choral ensemble. The study also illustrated that choral participation cultivates positive attributes in singers, which in turn, benefits communities. The findings explicitly examined the effects that choral singing has on childhood development and concluded that children who sing in choruses have academic success and gain valuable life skills. Additionally, both parents and educators attribute a significant part of a child’s academic success to singing in a choir.