Aspen Music Festival And School

Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute Back To Programs of Study /...

Important Information
  • Program runs August 9-22, 2021
  • A limited number of merit-based scholarships and work study positions will may be available through Seraphic Fire.
  • Recorded audition required.
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: February 16, 2020
Application open September 1, 2020
Note: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Early applicants are more likely to be accepted into the program

Application Fee

$25 September 1-15, 2020
$60 September 16-December 1, 2020
$125 December 2, 2020-February 16, 2021

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 will emphasize small-ensemble skills, performance practice, sight-reading, repertoire, and musicianship.  Singers in the Vocal Chamber Music program will participate in reading and repertoire sessions, rehearsals for public performance, chamber music coachings with Seraphic Fire faculty, and the 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.  

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.


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.


Tuition $1,400
Room (includes breakfast) $1,050
Security Deposit $100
Health Service $80
Facility Fee $40

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



  • 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)


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 Baroque aria (preferably Bach or Handel), and one other contrasting piece. (required)
  • AUDIO recording of scale(s) and/or arpeggios portraying the full range of the voice


*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.



Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO