July 2, 2022
Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire begins student composer-in-resident program

Seraphic Fire's repertoire ranges from Medieval chants to Brahms.

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Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire begins student composer-in-resident program

ARTS & CULTURE

Voice of Experience

Seraphic Fire’s mission: High-quality performances with cultural significance.

Miami vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire, nominated for two Grammy awards, last year began a student composer-in-residence program with a graduate composition student from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. In the program, a Frost student looking to gain experience writing vocal music spends time at the group’s rehearsals, then composes a piece for the group.

The student receives feedback along the way from Seraphic Fire members. The choral group then performs the student’s composition at one of its concerts.

Meanwhile, Seraphic Fire will debut a new composition it commissioned from Miami composer and guitarist Alvaro Bermudez. “Danzas del Silencio” will combine Bach’s orchestral structure with Colombian dance rhythms, performed by a guitar and the ensemble’s 13 voices. Seraphic Fire will debut the piece at the international gathering of choruses, the Chorus America Conference, in Miami Beach.

“We (often) pair new works of music with older works,” says Seraphic Fire Executive Director Rhett del Campo. “There’s a thread that connects the music, the new to the old.” That, he adds, makes it easier for an audience to accept and enjoy a new work.

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