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Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute Back To Programs of Study

Important Information
  • Program runs August 14-27, 2020
  • A limited number of merit-based scholarships and work study positions will may be available through Seraphic Fire.
  • Recorded audition required.
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 2, 2020
Deadline:
Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, September 4, 2019 .
Deadline:
Note: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Early applicants are more likely to be accepted into the program

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by Monday, September 16, 2019
$60 if you apply between Tuesday, September 17 and Monday, December 2, 2019
$125 if you apply between Tuesday, December 3, and Thursay, January 2, 2020

Seraphic Fire’s Professional Choral Institute (PCI) at the Aspen Music Festival and School offers intensive performance and masterclass programs for singers and 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.

The PCI Vocal Chamber Music curriculum, designed for graduate-level, pre-professional, and early career professional singers, will emphasize small-ensemble skills, performance practice, sight-reading, repertoire, and musicianship. Singers in the Vocal Chamber Music program will participate daily in reading and repertoire sessions, rehearsals for public performance, chamber music coachings with Seraphic Fire faculty, and the three week Vocal Masterclass program. This program touches on topics from performance of Bach and Handel, to audition and resume workshops. Vocal Chamber Music participants will have one-on-one voice lessons and coachings with Seraphic Fire faculty, focused on technique and performance style.

The PCI Conducting Masterclass is aimed at advanced graduate students and early- to mid-career professional conductors who aspire to a music director position with an independent ensemble. Conducting masterclass participants will work with Seraphic Fire and the PCI Chorus in rehearsals, and will have the opportunity to lead the ensembles in public performance. Regular podium sessions will focus on repertoire and gesture, and will be recorded for personal and faculty use. Conducting Masterclass members will receive individual lessons and coachings from Seraphic Fire faculty. The daily Music Seminar will cover music preparation, score study, aural skills, programming, and the many musical issues dealt with by a professional music director. In addition, participants will join in the Entrepreneurship seminar, which will cover organizational administration skills (fundraising, marketing, budgeting, and interacting with a board of directors) that are essential tools of the modern music director. All conducting masterclass students also will sing with the PCI Chorus and participate in the small ensemble chamber music curriculum.

PCI Conducting Masterclass Auditors will participate in all masterclass seminars, rehearsals, performances, and chamber music listed above, and will receive individual consultations with conducting faculty. Auditors do not conduct during podium sessions. 

Off campus housing options will be available at special double occupancy rates through Seraphic Fire. The Room rate listed for this program includes daily breakfast only. The fee does not include access to AMFS campus housing or cafeterias. AMFS on campus housing is only available for full or half sessions and not available for PCI students during their limited residency.

FINANCIAL AID

There are a limited number of merit-based scholarships and work study positions available through Seraphic Fire. For those interested in applying for a scholarship, two letters of recommendation are required.

2020 ENROLLMENT FEES (2 WEEK/ 3 WEEK FEES)

Vocal Chamber Music Tuition $1,400/ $1,800
Conducting Masterclass Tuition $2,100/ $2,500
Conducting Auditor Tuition $1,400/ $1,800
Room (includes breakfast) $950/ $1,450
Security Deposit $100
Health Service $70/ $105
Facility Fee $40/ $60

*Fees are separate from that published for other AMFS programs.

HOW TO APPLY (SINGER)

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020 SEASON WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 4

  • Resume (required): Please detail both solo and ensemble experience and include contact information for two professional references.
  • 150-word professional biography. (Required)
  • Two letters of recommendation. (Encouraged, but not required
     

AUDITION REPERTOIRE (SINGER)

PCI applicants must submit the following repertoire. Audition repertoire must be submitted IN THE ORDER LISTED on three separate tracks. Recorded audition required for all applicants.

  • AUDIO recording including one aria by Bach, and one other contrasting piece. (required)
  • AUDIO recording of scale(s) and arpeggios portraying the full range of the voice
     

HOW TO APPLY (CONDUCTOR)

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020 SEASON WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 4

  • Resume (required): Please detail both solo and ensemble experience and include contact information for two professional references.
  • 150-word professional biography. (Required)
  • Two letters of recommendation. (Encouraged, but not required
     

AUDITION REPERTOIRE (CONDUCTOR)

PCI applicants must submit the following repertoire. Audition repertoire must be submitted IN THE ORDER LISTED on three separate tracks. Recorded audition required for all applicants.

  • VIDEO (15 mins max) recording of applicant conducting standard choral repertoire, either a cappella or with instrumental accompaniment.
  • AUDIO recording of applicant singing their part from m. 21–38 of the “Et in terra pax” fugue of Bach’s Mass in b minor. All soprani should sing S1.
     

 

*NCCO exists to serve the specific needs of university and collegiate choral musicians, conductors, educators, scholars, and performers. NCCO is a proud supporter of Seraphic Fire and the Professional Choral Institute at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
 

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Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO