CHORAL SINGERS OF MARIN

Rating: 4.86 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Location: PO Box 2102 1038 Redwood Hwy. Bldg. A Mill Valley CA 94942 USA

Mission: Founded in 1987, SingersMarin provides excellent music services to Marin County, California. We fill a need for music education of our youth, since California public schools have cut a disproportionate amount of music education from all public schools. SingersMarin offers the choral experience to approximately 100 youth and 80 adults each year, gives back to the community through concerts performed for the elderly and ill and offers special performances to centers for children with special needs, as well as provides the general public with accessible, high quality choral music. "Appreciating that music is the language of the soul, through our singing we will nurture people of all ages as we touch the heart with beauty and uplift the spirit with song."
Programs: SingersMarin includes seven different singing groups, separated by age and skill level: Caroling Kids, Starlights, Comets, Celestial Voices, les etoiles, Wings of Song, A Joyful Sound!. Wings of Song is an all female chorus that sings a mixed repertoire of traditional and contemporary music. Les etoiles is an award winning all female teen chorus. The 6-8 year old children participate in a non-audition chorus called Caroling Kids in the fall and Twinkling Stars in the spring. The 9 - 12 year olds have the choice of auditioning for our select chorus, Celestial Voices, or joining the non-audition chorus for their age group, Starlights. A Joyful Sound! performs music a wide variety of music and encourages family participation, and in response to recent events, focuses on promoting world harmony. Holiday Singers is a men's choral group that operates seasonally, joining Wings of Song for our Holiday Concerts. All of our choruses perform for those in need in our community: the elderly, special needs children and patients who are confined.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My mother Nancy first joined SingersMarin because she enjoyed singing so much and missed not being a part of a group. That was over 20 years ago and she still continues to sing with the other ladies in Wings of Song while also assiting with wardrobe for each session. It was through my Mom that I became the office assistant at SingersMarin. Both the women and men of SingersMarin have become my second family. After having worked in the office world for many years, I love to come here help out in anyway I can! It is an absolute joy to come in and each day is full of different tasks. It has been amazing to watch this organization continually grow and I am proud to be part of it!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wow... where do I start? Singers Marin is one of the best assets in Marin...hands down. It has been instrumental in changing the young lives of two girls for whom I will be forever in gratitude. I am the guardian of two beautiful girls whose mom died in a car accident at a young age and endured neglect and abuse from their former caregivers. And although these girls have been extremely resilient in overcoming their past traumas, they have been challenged by self-esteem, self-worth and confidence issues. Then Last Summer we happened upon the Singers Marin "Musical You" Musical Summer Camp in Mill Valley spear-headed by Jan Schiff and Amanda Morano. Amazingly, In two weeks these girls were singing Broadway tunes in groups and proudly alone on stage. It was simply magical! Then during this past schoolyear, both girls had the confidence to enter their school's talent show. Proudly they both sang...with no accompaniment...and in acapella..."Put A Little Love in Your Heart" to an audience of over 200 people. I don't think their was a single dry eye in the school that night after their performance. I attribute this success to the Singers Marin who introduced them to singing songs in a magical way which has now become part of their souls. And now, they sooo enjoy proudly sharing their songs with others. The gift that Singers Marin gave these girls is not easy to find or come by...and no amount of money can buy it. It is a gift that will no doubt will last these children a lifetime.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I m thrilled to share my personal experience with this wonderful orgonization. Choral Singers of Marin have performed for Aegis for over a decade, always looking and sound professional. They are flexible and easy to work with scheduling for the childrens, teens and adult chiors. They're always on time, come prepared for warm-ups and are generous with their time by always staying to greet and thank the residents for coming. I highly recomment Jan Pedersen and the Choral Singers of Marin.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had contact with Choral Singers of Marin for many years. They provide wonderful music to our community. All ages get to sing with them and they get to perform their music to so many different areas of our community. At events, at retirement homes, at concerts, to local business, during the holidays and more. I have seen so many people smile and feel good by listening to the choral singers from small children to adults.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wonderful, adorable and absolutely enchanting. Singers of Marin, Twinkling Stars (their youngest choral group of children 6-8 years old) entertained us at our recent fundraising dinner to benefit, Gilead House, a transitional home for homeless moms and kids. The little singers grabbed the hearts of all who attended and they can sing too! The result was our most successful fundraising event ever. Thank you little Twinkling Stars. They are a must for any event and we hope to have them back again soon.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned of Choral Singers of Marin from a roadside billboard inviting community members to join in an open holiday sing-along. I enjoyed the rehearsals and concert so much I wanted to get more involved. Once I learned that Choral Singers of Marin also performed at area senior living facilities and provided free lessons to many youths who could not otherwise afford such instruction, I was pleased to accept a position on the board and work toward increasing awareness and sponsorship of this wonderful organization in our community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Having been an active choral and small group musician for several decades, I had been searching for a coed a cappella group with exactingly high musical standards. I found such an organization in Singers Marin's Just Voices, the professional a cappella ensemble. I was subsequently invited to join the Board. In the interim two years I've thoroughly enjoyed the music, the performances and the camaraderie, and most significantly the high musical standards maintained by our artistic director Jan. This is an organization with a mission- to promote the highest levels of musicianship to all generations- from the school age children as they graduate up through the successive choruses, to the adult performing groups, to the ongoing community outreach concerts at group homes and retirement communities. In a time when arts organizations struggle to survive, S.M. continues to have a solid community of participants with a shared passion for vocal music.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

SingersMarin is one of the most deserving community arts groups I've ever been associated with! I have always been a singer, and have sung in a cappella groups and church choirs for most of my life, but wanted a deeper involvement with my local community. About 6 years ago, I was fortunate in being able to semi-retire after a long career with Dolby Laboratories. In looking around for volunteer positions, I came across SingersMarin, which is an umbrella name for nine choruses from young children, middle schoolers, high school, an adult women's chorus. I auditioned and was selected for a new adult a cappella group, which became known as Just Voices. After a wonderful year of singing, our director, Jan Pedersen-Schiff, invited me to attend a board retreat, along with some singers from various groups, and parents of our youth singers. When I heard of all the wonderful work being done in the community, from teaching kids in our local underserved community, to singing in retirement homes for the elderly, and an amazing concert schedule, I was hooked! I joined the Board, and about a year later, was asked to be the Board chairman. Our challenges have been fundraising, providing our artistic director with adequate support so that she can spend less time on administrating the organization, and fundraising. I've been very pleased with the quality of the board members I work with, and their dedication, but as a part-time volunteer board, we rely on contributions form local businesses and foundations. We are gearing up for a 25th anniversary concert at Davies Hall in San Francisco next April, with a commissioned work by composer Gwyneth Walker, and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. We'll be joined by the Mill Valley Philharmonic orchestra, a Russian male chorus, and Voci, an outstanding women's chorus from the East Bay. We are truly thankful for our many years of bringing joy to the community, and look forward to your participation!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing community support for giving the gift of choral Music to children

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide a solid foundation for perpetual funding.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Word of mouth, newspaper.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Recruitment for next year's youth choruses.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Succession planning, community continuity.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have participated in several of the summer programs with thei group. No auditions needed just the love of singing. I joined with my elementary school daughter. We were suprised at the high level of professionalism with their choir, directors, and accompanyist. In addtion it was great community service taking our large choir to sing for shut ins who could never have come to see our performance. I have reccomended, and recrutied many to participate. Joining with others to make music touches me in a way that nothing on earth can. While I have not participated for a few years, I still attend their performances and will continue whenever I can.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a terrific non-profit!! What a joy to sing with the Wings of Song chorus of SingersMarin! To be part of an organization that brings joy and lifts spirits of so many is emotionally fulfilling. To have the opportunity to lean to improve my vocal range, under the skilled direction of Jan Pedersen Schiff, is a tremendous benefit of singing with SingersMarin. My favorite seasons to sing with them are the annual Fall/Holiday session ~ I love holiday songs and the joy and bustle of that time of year; and, I am particularly fond of the annual Joyful Sound summer sessions ~ the contemporary music selection is always very fun and cool ~ when I saw the songs we will sing this summer ~ I said ~ Sign me up!! I am looking forward to the "Another Summer of Love" songs of: ★ Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In ★ Teach Your Children ★ Spinning Wheel ★ Lennon/McCartney Medley ★ Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da ★ Penny Lane ★ With A Little Help From My Friends ★ When I’m Sixty Four ★ Ripple ★ Big Yellow Taxi ★ You Are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker) ★ Proud Mary ★ You’ve Got A Friend ★ Up, Up and Away ★ Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel ★ The Sound of Silence ★ The 59th Street Bridge Song ★ Bridge Over Troubled Water ★ Blowin’in the Wind/America ★ From Sea to Shining Sea ★
From the wonderful experience of seeing the faces of the elderly light up with joy when we sing to them, to the honor to have been a part of singing with SingersMarin at Carnegie Hall in November 2011, I would highly recommend SingersMarin www.singersmarin.org to those that enjoy singing, music and a sense of community. This organization has a range of choral groups from the young kids (so cute to see them sing out) to teens and adults. Come join them and make music! In joyful song ~ Maureen Sweeney, Greenbrae, CA

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Singing with SingersMarin has improved my singing, allowed me to meet a variety of new and interesting people, opened my eyes to the joy that music brings to many, especially the elderly and brought joy to my life. This is a feel good experience!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help get the word out to more people and organizations in the community about who SingersMarin is and what a difference they make!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

A close friend of mine asked me to join with her. It proved to be a great opportunity to spend more time with her, and learn to sing out with joy!

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