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Choral Singers of Marin

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Bands & Ensembles, Children & Youth, Music, Singing & Choral Groups, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Appreciating that music is the language of the soul, through singing we will nurture people of all ages, touch the heart with beauty, and uplift the spirit with joyful song. Singers Marin fulfills its mission through Artistry, Access, Service.

Target demographics: Bring the joy of choral music to the community

Geographic areas served: Marin County

Programs: Singers Marin includes seven singing groups, separated by age and skill level: Caroling Kids, Starlights, Comets, Celestial Voices, les etoiles, Wings of Song, A Joyful Sound! All of our choruses perform for those in need in our community: the elderly, special needs children and patients who are confined.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Jacque M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

SingersMarin is a outstanding choral organization that has bringing the gift of music to youth and adults for over 30 years in a disciplined and challenging, yet fun and enjoyable manner. I highly reccommend this organization to anyone interested in exploring and developing their musical voice.