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A Word from our Founder
Jan Pedersen Schiff
Welcome to the beginning of the next 25 years! Yes, we’re thinking longevity. Our focus is to continue to contribute to the well-being of our community. Some years ago, we paraphrased a popular song from the early 70’s, “We’d like to teach Marin to sing in perfect harmony!” Choral singing has transformative power for individuals and audiences alike as it rejuvenates and energizes mind, body, and spirit. Research has shown that group singing will synchronize heart beats! When we breathe together and sing together, we become one with the music. It can have a profound awakening for the soul. Those goose-bumps and tears of joy are the synergy of us all uniting. We become One in Song!
In the coming years, which includes this year, our energies will be toward creating a global choral community. les étoiles, our teen girls ensemble, just returned from participating for the fourth time in the World Choir Games this summer in Riga, Latvia, bringing home two silver medals. Our women's chorus, Wings of Song, will be participating this coming spring in the "Peace and Brotherhood Festival" in Rome, Italy. I have long recognized that the highest standards of choral excellence exist among other nations – some of the top being China, South Africa, and Eastern Europe – but also within pockets here in the USA. Bringing our singers to the world is one way for them to experience nations becoming one in song. Bringing the world to Marin through our own global choral festival is a not-so-distant future goal. What I am hoping to achieve by this is having the world “teach Marin to sing in perfect harmony!” You know how it goes…if you don’t know you don’t have it, you don’t miss it!
That said, we hope to continue to raise the standards of our own performances as we present to you our 2014-2015 Concert Season, "A Season of Harmonic Jewels." We open with our 19th annual Holiday Concert at the Marin Center VMA, on December 21, with 'Tis the Season...Cheers! This will be a concert filled with treasured holiday favorites -- something for everyone’s tastes. See you there!