USF Choral Group Gets Grammy Nomination

James Bass
TAMPA (2011-12-1) -

A recording done at the new concert hall at USF's School of Music has been nominated for a Grammy Award. The USF Professional Choral Institute, and the Miami-based choral ensemble "Seraphic Fire" received a nomination for “Best Choral Performance” for their recording of the Brahms German Requiem.

James Bass, the Director of Choral Studies at USF, is the chorus master. He says he was a little surprised at getting the Grammy nod over much bigger musical organizations, but isn't surprised because of the quality of their work.

"I think that we were up in this category against about 400 other recordings from this year," says Bass. "And they range from the London Philharmonic to the Los Angeles Master Choral - I mean major, major players in our field. So it's a huge hurdle to get just to this point."

Bass especially thanked the 30 pre-professional singers at USF for their work, saying their partnership with Seraphic Fire is worthy of a national award.

"To know that so many young people's lives have changed - I've seen their facebooks and their tweets today - as they, the singers on this recording - which there were 30 pre-professional young singers on here - thank their friends and family, I'm on a disc that's nominated for a Grammy," he said. "And how much it changes their lives. It's pretty spectacular."



WSMR Music Director Russell Gant sat down with Bass for an in-depth interview after the recording was completed at USF. You can listen to their conversation by clicking on the "Listen to Full Audio" icon below.

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