MIAMI – Seraphic Fire has been approved for a $15,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Professional Choral Institute. This project will support the training and development of emerging professional vocalists during a two-week intensive program in August 2022. This project is among 1,125 projects across America totaling more than $26.6 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2022 funding.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation with these grants, including Seraphic Fire, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for a shared new normal informed by our examined experience.”
Seraphic Fire’s Professional Choral Institute (PCI) at the Aspen Music Festival and School, a collaboration that launched in 2018, offers intensive performance and masterclass programs for singers and choral conductors designed to prepare students to work in the professional choral music industry. All participants will sing as members of the GRAMMY®-nominated Professional Choral Institute Chorus (2012, Best Choral Performance, Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem), and will sing side-by-side with the professional members of Seraphic Fire in both rehearsal and performance.
PCI is one element of Seraphic Fire’s multi-pronged education initiatives designed to create a pathway for students from all walks of life to discover the joy of singing and train for a career as an ensemble singer. PCI students have gone on to be hired professionally for Seraphic Fire and other top choral groups, or furthered their pre-professional training in Seraphic Fire’s Ensemble Artist Program at UCLA, demonstrating that the program can serve as a career catalyst.
For more information regarding Seraphic Fire’s PCI program click here.
For more information on other projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.