James K. Bass, professor and chair of the music department, is also the associate conductor of the vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire. Their most recent release, The Apple Tree: Christmas with Seraphic Fire, cracked the Billboard classical charts at number seven in the holiday week.
Seraphic Fire is an ensemble known for its breadth and risk-taking. Founded in 2002, they have produced dynamic and cutting-edge modern works as well as canonical repertoire. No stranger to the Billboard chats, Seraphic Fire has achieved high marks from fans and critics alike for their artistry.
James Bass has enjoyed a storied career as a performer, director, and professor. In 2021 he won a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance on The Passion of Yeshua, by Richard Danielpour (Naxos Records).