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History

Founded in 2002 to bring professional performances of vocal music to South Florida, Seraphic Fire has become a staple of the local and national arts community. Since its inception, Seraphic Fire has grown from a small volunteer-run organization to a professionally managed $2.2 million organization with a staff of 10. 

In 2007, the ensemble began touring nationally. In 2010, Seraphic Fire debuted internationally to sold-out crowds in Mexico City. Seraphic continues to tour nationally and recent tour locations include Vermont, Indiana, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Kansas City, and New York.

In 2008, the organization recorded its first album, and has since gone on to record 16 full-length albums. In 2012, the ensemble was recognized with 2 GRAMMY® nominations for its recordings A Seraphic Fire Christmas and Brahms: Ein Deutches Requiem. Two of the organization's recordings have debuted in the top 10 of Billboard's classical chart. 

As the organization grew, so did its impact. In 2009, the Miami Choral Academy was launched as Seraphic’s first K-12 education initiative. Miami Choral Academy was an after-school chorus where students were directed by Seraphic artists. The program was reconceived in 2016 as the Seraphic Fire Youth Initiative, a multi-pronged initiative that consists of in-school workshops, education concerts, and in-school teaching artist residencies now reaching schools in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Collier counties. In 2022, the organization launched its first High School Masterclass that brings together outstanding high school choral students for a 1-day masterclass as they work with and learn from the artists and conductors of Seraphic Fire.

Seraphic has also sought to increase training opportunities for collegiate-level students who wish to pursue a career as a professional vocalist. In 2018, the Professional Choral Institute was launched in partnership with Aspen Music Festival and School. In 2018, the Ensemble Artist Program began in partnership with UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. In 2021, the program expanded to University of Miami.

In Fall 2019, Seraphic unveiled its strategic plan that guides its work as it strives to become the exemplar for quality contributions to professional ensemble singing in North America.