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Professional Choral Institute

May 22 – June 6
The Professional Choral Institute is unlike any other program in the nation.  A collaboration between the worlds of art and academia, the focus of PCI is to usher singers from talented amateurs to professional musicians.
The University of South Florida and South Florida’s own Seraphic Fire are thrilled to team up for the first annual Professional Choral Institute. PCI is a two week long program that will focus on teaching 40 undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional singers the skills needed to move into the growing field of professional choral singing. There is no age limit for participation. Areas of vocational training will include:
  • vocal technique
  • rehearsal comportment
  • audition skills
  • résumé evaluation
  • headshot evaluation
Perhaps the most exciting element of PCI is that its participants will work with Seraphic Fire to record Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem in the composer’s own rarely-heard 4-hand piano arrangement.  Seraphic Fire Media will release the new disc in August of 2011, making the recording eligible for the 2012 GRAMMY awards.  This is pretty exciting, considering Seraphic Fire’s last partnership with the Western Michigan University Chorale yielded an album entitled Monteverdi’sVespers of the Blessed Virgin 1610 that rose to No. 1 on the iTunes Classical chart.
The University of South Florida offers the perfect setting for this innovative program.  More specifically, PCI will make its home in USF’s newly-opened Performing Arts Teaching Facility.  State of the art technology and a meticulously engineered acoustic in its 500-seat concert hall makes this facility ideal for aspiring singers.  The fact that USF sits in the beautiful coastal city of Tampa is just icing on the cake.
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