Seraphic Fire’s Miami Choral Academy, in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, is a tuition-free afterschool program serving elementary and middle school students in economically disadvantaged communities of Miami-Dade County. By establishing a youth choir that employs a music education curriculum, MCA aims to affect positive academic and social change in participating students’ lives. MCA’s music integration curriculum focuses on making connections between music, math, language arts, history, movement, theater and visual arts.
In 2013 the Miami Choral Academy welcomed director Brett Karlin, who was involved in MCA’s inaugural summer program in 2010. Currently in residence at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with over 90 participating students, MCA ensembles have been featured in many performances throughout Miami-Dade County, including concerts at the New World Center, Trinity Cathedral, City Hall of North Miami and Miami City Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, and the De La Cruz Home Gallery. The Miami Choral Academy has also been recognized in the Neighbors Section of The Miami Herald, CBS Channel 4, and is one of the only El Sistema Choral Programs in the United States. In 2011, MCA and its Founding Director, Shawn Crouch, were honored with the Key to the City of North Miami for outstanding work with students at Natural Bridge Elementary School.
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.
MCA currently serves students from the following schools:
Natural Bridge Elementary School
Citrus Grove Elementary School
Citrus Grove Middle School
Lorah Park Elementary School
Morningside K-8 Academy
JFK Middle School
MCA Rehearsal Schedule
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm-6:30pm
at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
415 NE 105th St, Miami, FL 33138St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
415 NE 105th St
Miami, FL 33138