Brett Karlin appointed as conductor of Seraphic Fire’s Miami Choral Academy

August 8, 2013

Mike Burgess
Communications Manager, Seraphic Fire
Direct Line (305) 692-0268


MIAMI, FL – Seraphic Fire announces the appointment of Brett Karlin as the Conductor of the Miami Choral Academy Honor Choir. Mr. Karlin succeeds Shawn M. Crouch in this position, and will take artistic leadership of Seraphic Fire’s free afterschool choral music education program, which serves children and families in economically depressed neighborhoods of Miami-Dade County. Mr. Karlin previously served as Assistant Director and Artistic Administrator of Seraphic Fire from 2009 to 2010. Since that time, Mr. Karlin has completed a Master’s of Music in Conducting at the University of South Florida. In addition to his responsibilities at the Miami Choral Academy, Mr. Karlin will concurrently serve as the Artistic Director of the Master Chorale of South Florida.

“We are very excited to have Brett back on the Seraphic Fire team,” says Seraphic Fire Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley. “Brett was a part of the beginnings of the Miami Choral Academy, and it is wonderful to have him return in a leadership position.”

“It really is an incredible honor to be at the helm of such a ground-breaking program,” says Brett Karlin, new conductor of the Miami Choral Academy. “I have firsthand seen the life-changing power of music in these kids’ lives, and I’m excited to continue building on the strong foundation that was left by Shawn Crouch.”

Mr. Karlin began his tenure with the Miami Choral Academy on August 1, and will begin rehearsing with the Honor Choir in September. More information on Mr. Karlin and the Miami Choral Academy is below.

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About Miami Choral Academy
Seraphic Fire’s Miami Choral Academy, in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, is a tuition-free afterschool program serving elementary students and their families in economically disadvantaged communities of Miami-Dade County. By establishing youth choruses that employ a music education curriculum at local elementary schools and involving parents and families, 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.

About Brett Karlin
Brett Karlin is the artistic director of the Master Chorale of South Florida and conductor of the Miami Choral Academy. With the Master Chorale he leads 100 singers through choral-orchestral masterworks, and also prepares the choir for collaborative performances with other artists and ensembles, including The Symphonia, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Andrea Bocelli. Karlin also teaches choir and music literacy to students of the Miami Choral Academy, a tuition-free afterschool program serving elementary students and their families in economically disadvantaged communities of Miami-Dade County. Prior to these appointments, Karlin conducted choirs and taught voice at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL. During his two years at HCC, Karlin doubled the choral department’s enrollment and stage directed and conducted the college’s first opera and oratorio performances.

Karlin has worked with a variety of ensembles from large symphonic choirs to twelve-voice, professional chamber choirs. In 2009, he became the assistant conductor for Seraphic Fire, where he assisted with the ensemble’s critically-acclaimed and 2012 Grammy nominated CD A Seraphic Fire Christmas. Recently, Karlin was involved in another 2012 Grammy nominated recording project – a recording of the London version of Brahm’s Ein Deutches Requiem as assistant chorus master and singer for the Professional Choral Institute, which was nominated for “Best Choral Performance.”

From 2012-2013, Karlin was the assistant conductor for The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. In this position he annually guest conducted on the Florida Orchestra’s subscription series concerts to lead the premiere of The Master Chorale’s annual composition competition winner. During the 2011/12 season, he assisted with the preparation of the Chorale for a Naxos label recording of Frederick Delius’ Seadrift and Appalachia.

Karlin holds a Bachelor of Arts in voice from Florida State University and Master of Music degree from University of South Florida. An avid lover of music from the Baroque era and HIP (historically informed performance), Karlin can be found tuning harpsichords and listening to J.S. Bach when not working with choirs.

Seraphic Fire is funded by the Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

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