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  

Choral Singers of Marin has a very profound mission statement: "Appreciating that music is the language of soul, through our singing we will nurture people of all ages as we touch the heart with beauty and uplift the spirit with joyful song" The association of choruses support age groups from 5 years to 80. They have an incredible reach and impact on the Marin County area. My interest and knowledge stem from the youth choirs. There are 5 various choirs catering to various age groups. They perform locally and globally inspiring all generations and ethnic backgrounds. The youth choirs are a wonderful alternative and addition to kids educational development including leadership, exposure, confidence and sharing. I am incredibly inspired by the tireless and selflessness attributed to the team that year after year bring music to the community. But they don't stop with just local inspirations at elderly homes, community centers, baseball games and other various venues, they travel to places like South Africa, Austria and Germany. They compete in Olympic Choir Games among hundreds of groups from 100's countries sharing the inspiration and vision "that music is the language of the soul". I believe the mission statement is understated. Singers of Marin is an inspiration and a gift that keeps giving.

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

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

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Rating: 4 stars  

Singers Marin brings several wonderful concerts, both small and large, to our community each year. Our audiences value the professional skill of the director (Jan Pedersen-Schiff), and the quality of the voices, especially in the Wings of Song chorus. Wings of Song performs twice a year for us in our large Auditorium and also in our Health Care center serving long term care and rehab patients. Especially to this second group, quality live music is an incredibly meaningful gift to share. Smaller choruses of children also do short informal performances in our Library and Personalized Care areas to the delight of all. A wonderful group to be involved with and we're lucky to be a beneficiary of their considerable talent and generosity.

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

Some

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

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Okay

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I moved to Marin in high school and found that my new school had no choir! I was so happy to find SingersMarin and a choir that I could sing in. I got to travel to Europe with the group, and made new friends which was difficult for me moving to a new place at 16. The other thing that this organization did for me was push me to pursue music in my life. I worked with the Artistic Director privately as well, and was able to get into a Performing Arts High School to finish school, which was incredibly life changing for me. I went on the study Music and Vocal Performance in college in large part due to this organization. I now teach for SingersMarin. Though that may make me biased, I think it shows how much this Non-Profit did for my life.

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?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

When I was in high school, there was no choir at the school. Thankfully, I found SingersMarin and was able to grow and sing choral music. I made friends through the high school age group Les Etoiles and got to travel to Europe with them. In large part to this group and its' director Jan Pedersen Schiff I was able to continue singing and pursue a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. I treasure my memories from singing in this group, and recommend it to all!

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

my life.

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

Get more people aware of it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter participated in Singers Marin last fall. She loves to sing, but lacked confidence. After the season, not only did she improve her vocal skills, but she built her confidence in every aspect of her life. I highly recommend this organization, and fully endorse them.

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

the community concerts

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

get more people involved!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined Singers Marin women's choir Wings of Song to sing in their holiday concert. I love to sing, but have had no formal training and was a bit nervous about joining. I was welcomed the first time I came in and was hooked up with a buddy to answer my questions and give me support. My experience was enhanced when we started singing for nursing homes and retirement communities when people would hold my hand and tell me I made their day after they heard us sing.

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

the joy we have brought to others by sharing our songs with them!

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

extend our singing area to include more facilites north of us so my Mom in Rohnert Park could hear us sing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter joined Choral Singers of Marin in fourth grade because she loved singing. Choral Singers of Marin has not only developed her skills but also inspired her. Choral Singers of marin is a fantastic program that offers a variety of singing groups according to age and levels and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to sing. You will have so many opportunities to learn, share, and become inspired.

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After three years of being part of Choral Singers of Marin, my daughter's singing voice has blossomed!

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

There's not anything that I would change but if I could make a wish, it would be that nonprofits as valuable as Chroal Singers could have unlimited resources!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Watching my daughter's confidence blossom regarding her singing is precious. She started very tentatively when she joined the choral group - which is a wonderful way to start for someone self conscious. She is developing a knowledge base about music and a deep love of singing. Her skills are improving and it is such a joy to hear her practicing at home, in the car, in the shower... music has become a deep seeded part of her life. Singers Marin has inspired her and it is truly magical.

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

I enjoy hearing my daughter singing and watching her confidence grow.

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

grow the organization and offer more locations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the chorus after the death of my husband when I needed to feel alive again. The chorus gave me a new beginning. That was 9 years ago.

It is magical to see faces light up as the residents in the nursing homes remember our music. Sometimes they sing with us. I feel we are making their day a little brighter. It certainly brightens my day to sing for them.

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

I have benefited by working with the others in the chorus to make beautiful music for the less fortunate to enjoy.

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

I would hope for a way to fund the group. It is a continual struggle.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have experience the beauty and value that SingersMarin brings to our community throughout Marin County. The first time I heard those girls sing it inspired me to become involved as a member of their board for which I participated for a number of years. Through their singing people can connect with a purpose which is displayed on every one of their faces. It touches the soul and brings meaning to their (and our) lives. I will always be thankful that they are out there bringing this gift to us all.

Bill McKeon

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

I used to be on the board of directors and attended many of their performances.

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

try to create a revenue stream so they could function at full capacity.

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