Seraphic Fire announces new Managing Director

July 16,2014

Ross Chuchla
Director of Operations, Seraphic Fire
Ross@SeraphicFire.org
Direct Line (305) 692-0268

SERAPHIC FIRE ANNOUNCES NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR
Joey Quigley to be succeeded by Rhett Del Campo

MIAMI, FL – On August 15th, Joey Quigley, Seraphic Fire’s Managing Director for three seasons, will depart the organization to pursue a Master’s degree in Modern Art and its Markets from Christie’s international auction house. Seraphic Fire has selected Rhett Del Campo, currently of the Kansas City Symphony, to succeed Joey in the Managing Director position.

Joey joined Seraphic Fire as Artistic Administrator in August of 2010, and was promoted to Operations Manager and, eventually, Managing Director in June of 2011. Over his tenure as administrative head of Seraphic Fire, the organization has flourished. Joey substantially increased the organization’s cash reserves; secured management by Columbia Artist Management (CAMI); negotiated a long-term distribution agreement of Seraphic Fire’s label, Seraphic Fire Media, with classical music world-leader Naxos of America; and helped lead the organization to two GRAMMY® Award Nominations in 2012.

“The past four years have been some of the most professionally rewarding of my entire life,” says Joey. “Looking back, I realize that I have staffed, sung, or produced approximately 224 Seraphic Fire concerts and recordings. I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked with so many great patrons, artists, and staff members.”

“Joey joined the staff of Seraphic Fire at a time of great financial turmoil, and, through his business acumen and hard work, has led the organization to a robust balance sheet,” says Seraphic Fire Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, who is also Joey’s brother. “Through a shrewd sense of future-season budgeting, and a masterful leading of the Seraphic Fire management staff, Joey gave Seraphic Fire the financial means to accomplish great artistic achievements over the past three years, including our two GRAMMY® nominations.”

Upon Joey’s departure, following a national search, Seraphic Fire will welcome Rhett Del Campo from the Kansas City Symphony as its new Managing Director. Rhett was a key team member of SocialRaise, a company focused on increasing not-for-profit organizations’ online fundraising capabilities and social media presence. He has continued his work in not-for-profit management, serving as the assistant to the executive director of the Kansas City Symphony. In that capacity, Rhett was intimately involved in every aspect of the institution’s administration—from operations to development—in one of the country’s most innovative symphonic organizations.

Prior to joining the management side of classical music, Rhett saw a highly successful career as a pianist and percussionist. He debuted as a piano soloist with the Chicago Symphony in 1991 and toured Italy with the Chicago Youth Symphony in 1994. He went on to study percussion at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and DePaul University in Chicago, where he received a master’s in percussion performance; followed by a fellowship at the New World Symphony.

Following his time at New World, Rhett spent three seasons as the Royal Swedish Opera and Ballet’s principal percussionist. Other international experiences include performing, recording and touring with both the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Palau de les Arts Opera in Valencia, Spain.

“Seraphic Fire represents the new standard for modern arts organizations: small, nimble and efficient – yet at the top of the field,” says Rhett. “The soul-touching music they create inspires this community, and will energize me to help continue their upward trajectory and build on their already impressive list of accomplishments.”

“We are so very excited to have Rhett on board,” says Patrick Dupré Quigley. “Rhett’s energy and enthusiasm for Classical music and his keen sense of innovative business practices combine to make for the ideal arts manager. We are lucky to have him on our team.”

Seraphic Fire launches its 13th Season in October of this year, which includes a first-of-its-kind collaboration with New York City-based period instrument orchestra, The Sebastians; Metropolitan Opera superstars Suzanne Mentzer and Bryan Hymel; and powerful repertoire from Vivaldi’s Gloria and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, to Mahler’sDas Lied von der Erde and Kile Smith’s Vespers.


ABOUT RHETT DEL CAMPO

Rhett Del Campo began his career as a performing artist, playing piano and percussion around the world before joining the business side of the arts community. He debuted as a piano soloist with the Chicago Symphony in 1991 and toured Italy with the Chicago Youth Symphony in 1994. He went on to study percussion at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and DePaul University in Chicago, where he received a master’s in percussion performance. From there, a fellowship with the New World Symphony gave him the opportunity to work with Michael Tilson Thomas and some of the top orchestral talents in the country.

Professionally, Rhett spent three seasons as the Royal Swedish Opera and Ballet’s principal percussionist. Other international experiences include performing, recording and touring with both the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Palau de les Arts Opera in Valencia, Spain.

Stateside, Rhett has subbed with the Chicago and Detroit symphonies, Grant Park Orchestra and the Kansas City Symphony. It was in Kansas City that Rhett began his career in arts administration, serving as the assistant to the executive director of the Kansas City Symphony. In this role, he was heavily involved in the symphony’s customer service, marketing and development initiatives. He also put together a comprehensive history piece on the Kansas City Philharmonic and helped produce their first season preview video for major donors.

Prior to this, Rhett served as a business developer and client relationship manager for SocialRaise, a Chicago-based web technology company, where he brought on clients like the Chicago Chamber Choir in order to increase their online fundraising capabilities and social media presence. He also worked with for-profit clients, including the Yamaha Corporation, for whom he served as project manager for the site design and implementation of the company’s new boutique record label.

Rhett believes his passion to contribute to the future success of the performing arts, combined with the personal knowledge of what it takes to create it at its highest level, will always fuel his professional endeavors.
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