Youth Initiative


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Seraphic Fire’s Youth Initiative, in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the University of Miami, and Florida International University, is a free music education program serving elementary, middle, and high school students in some of Miami-Dade County’s most challenged communities.

During multiple workshops throughout the school year, elementary students learn:

  • Music theory
  • Vocal pedagogy fundamentals
  • Interactive exercises with the artists

In December and April of each season, Seraphic Fire performs a side-by-side concert with students from one of our partner elementary schools. These students receive weekly instruction through tandem work with the music specialist and an education liaison from one of the areas advanced degree music education programs.

The elementary students perform pre-determined selections with the Seraphic Fire ensemble for approximately 1,200 pupils from the MiamiDade County public schools. Secondary students are invited to participate in a one day masterclass working side-by-side with Seraphic Fire musicians in intensive sectionals, a joint rehearsal, and then performing in a concert with the Seraphic Fire ensemble that is open to the public free of charge.

The Research

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.


Seraphic Fire Youth Initiative
Suzanne Floyd
2153 Coral Way, Ste. 401
Miami, FL 33145

Seraphic Fire education programs are endowed in perpetuity by The Clinton Family Fund Education Endowment.

The Choral Education Residency is funded in part 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.

Performances in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties Sponsored By:
The Clinton Family Fund Broward County Florida Cultural Division Coral Gables The City Beautiful Coral Gables Community Foundation The Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation Enterprise Holdings Foundation Funding ARTS Broward! Funding ARTS Network First Miami Key Biscayne Community Foundation Knight Foundation The Hutson Wiley Echevarria Foundation Miami Beach Miami-Dade County Miami-Dade County Public Schools Miami Salon Quest National Endowment for the Arts NCCO Norfolk Southern Kirk Foundation Someone & Somebody South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center P. L. Dodge Southern Land Films Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs The Children's Trust Williamson Automotive WLRN Arts Calendar
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