Seraphic Fire and UCLA launch Ensemble Artist Program

Thu, July 6, 2017

Carlos Howard
Marketing & Public Relations Manager | 305.692.0201

MIAMI – Seraphic Fire, Florida’s GRAMMY® nominated vocal ensemble, and the Herb Alpert School of Music at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) announce today their partnership to launch Seraphic Fire’s Ensemble Artist Program.

This new initiative, under the direction of Seraphic Fire Director of Education and UCLA Director of Choral Studies James K. Bass, will provide season-long vocal ensemble training to students auditioned last May by Bass and Seraphic Fire Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley. In Fall 2017, participating students will engage in masterclasses, town halls, and industry lectures facilitated by Seraphic Fire coaches: Misty Bermudez, mezzo-soprano; Charles Evans, bass; Sara Guttenberg, soprano; Patrick Muehleise, tenor; and Patrick Dupré Quigley, artistic director. Then, in Spring 2018 UCLA artists will join the full professional ensemble in South Florida for subscription concerts of J. S. Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” and Arvo Pärt’s “Passio.”

“Seraphic Fire is committed to increasing its investment in musician advancement as much as UCLA remains committed to providing students with rigorous education to prepare them for success in professional music careers,” says Bass. “We are enthusiastic about the mission-driven opportunities provided by this partnership and look forward to the artistic results we will soon see.”

National leaders in choral education, Quigley and Bass’s leadership of the two-week Professional Choral Institute at University of South Florida received critical acclaim that resulted in a Grammy-nominated recording of Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem.” Previously, a recording partnership with Western Michigan University led to the ensemble’s Monteverdi Vespers recording that rose to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical chart.

“Seraphic Fire’s partnership with UCLA is unlike any other in the nation,” says Quigley. “As we merge art and academia, we are thrilled to usher the next generation of choral artists.”



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