I’ve been asked a lot lately about what it takes to sing with Seraphic Fire, so have given it some thought and distilled it down to a few basic points:
1) You have utter and complete, to the point of obsession, devotion to your technique and craft. (i.e. you have a teacher and actually go to them, and practice in the mean time;
2) You are a musician: you know what a sophisticated vowel is, what a perfectly turned phrase is, and what a pure fifth is, and you can modify each on a moment’s notice.
3) You make corrections the first time. Always. And you also write them down in your score.
4) You understand that it isn’t about you, it is about the music.
5) You’re a real pro. This means dealing with it yourself when you’re sick; being old hat at adjusting to a new rehearsal process; being friendly and supportive of your colleagues; and, most of all, knowing your strengths and weaknesses.
6) You understand that being hired the first time doesn’t count; it is doing good enough to get hired back that counts.
Those six things — that is what makes for a Seraphic Fire singer. While they are very simple, almost obvious, you’d be surprised to find out how many people don’t follow them.
So there it is: the Seraphic Fire singer philosophy, as developed through years of experience and the good fortune to work with the best in the business.
Particular shout out to JB, JQ, SG, KM, DC, MT, SR, TW, and MB who have always been keepers of the flame. You know who you are, and you were there before it was cool. 🙂