Seraphic Fire and Aspen Music Festival and School announce partnership to create choral performance training program

Fri, Sep 1, 2017

Carlos Howard
Marketing & Public Relations Manager | 305.692.0201

MIAMI – Florida-based professional vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire and Aspen Music Festival and School are partnering this season to recommence the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute in Summer 2018. As ensemble-in-residence, Seraphic Fire will train pre-professional choral artists and present its own set of performances. Previously in residence at University of South Florida, PCI recorded in 2012 Brahms’ monumental “Ein deutsches Requiem,” earning a Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance.

PCI is the only summer program in the country designed to prepare emerging singers to work in the growing industry of professional ensemble singing. PCI singers will rehearse and sing two side-by-side concerts with Seraphic Fire: a collaboration with the Aspen Chamber Symphony in the Benedict Music Tent conducted by Xian Zhang, and a performance of Fauré’s “Requiem” and Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” in Harris Concert Hall conducted by Seraphic Fire founder and artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley.

Participants will study in an intensive vocal and ensemble-skills curriculum, receiving individual and group vocal coaching from professional members of Seraphic Fire, and will participate in audition, resumé, and vocal masterclasses led by Quigley, Seraphic Fire director of education James K. Bass, and members of Seraphic Fire. As part of their training, PCI students will have the opportunity to perform in the PCI Student Showcase, which will allow participants to use the Showcase as a live audition for Seraphic Fire and a number of other professional choirs.

Eight students slated for residence in PCI come from Seraphic Fire’s Ensemble Artist Program at UCLA. Launched earlier this season, the program offers a series of masterclasses, industry lectures, and town halls facilitated by coaches in Seraphic Fire’s artist roster. These UCLA students will also perform side-by-side Seraphic Fire’s professional roster in February and April 2018.

“PCI facilitates a smooth transition into the professional world for our country’s next generation of choral artists,” said Quigley. “Aspen Music Festival and School provides them with state- of-the-art facilities in which to pursue studies and connections with the country’s finest instrumental musicians, both of which will equip them for glowing professional success.”


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