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  

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?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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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