The little chorus that could does it again!

September 6, 2011

Mike Burgess
Communications Manager, Seraphic Fire
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Seraphic Fire debuts in the Top Ten on Billboard Charts — Tops London Symphony Orchestra, Pavarotti, named this week’s “Hot Shot Debut”

MIAMI, FL – Seraphic Fire, the critically acclaimed professional chamber choir often referred to as “Miami’s Musical Miracle” has the highest-charting Classical debut on Billboard Magazine’s Classical Traditional and All Classical charts this week, ranking at #7 and #25 respectively. The album, Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, was released on the ensemble’s indie label, Seraphic Fire Media, and features a collaboration between Seraphic Fire’s roster of professional singers and 30 aspiring young singers who participated in The Professional Choral Institute (PCI). Seraphic Fire’s propulsion to the top of the charts is the result of passionate hard work, innovative marketing and raw talent worthy of its miraculous sobriquet.

Helmed by artistic director and choral wunderkind Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire-which celebrates its tenth season this year-is a Miami cultural institution. With modest beginnings as a choral ensemble assembled from a then twenty four-year old Quigley’s rolodex of young professional musicians, Seraphic Fire filled a cultural void in Miami. “I knew that there was an audience for professional choral music, despite Miami’s vacation atmosphere” says Quigley-“outstanding music marketed well can thrive in any market.” Seraphic Fire, through its recording ascendancy, now has a national presence that extends far beyond South Florida. The ensemble broke classical barriers when it was featured on the opening track Shakira’s 2006 hit album, Oral Fixation Vol. 2. It was the dizzying success of their August 2010 recording Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin 1610,however, that proved Seraphic Fire’s biggest achievements come when they do what they do best-rediscover classics from the choral repertoire.

The Vespers featured singers from Western Michigan University and benefitted from the vitality of collegiate musicians and the richness of professional choristers. Marketed through social media like, the Vespers made national headlines when it topped the iTunes classical charts, representing a new method of bringing classical music to the next generation. With sales from iTunes and leading the way, Seraphic Fire has now translated downloadable success to the Billboard charts with Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem.

Not only does this album mark Seraphic Fire’s Billboard debut, but also the maiden voyage for the Professional Choral Institute. PCI is a round-up of a top choral talent from college students across the country who gathered at the University of South Florida for two weeks of tutelage from Seraphic Fire chorus master and USF Director of Choral Studies James Bass and mentorship from Seraphic Fire’s professional singers, which culminated in recording the Brahms album. According to Quigley, Seraphic Fire plans to continue the PCI program in years to come and to record the results. Given the estimable achievements of Seraphic Fire’s recordings thus far, Billboard is sure to become a familiar home for Miami’s miracle chorus.


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