Jan Pedersen Schiff, Executive Director
Keala Van Dyck, Office Manager
Linda Seitas, Administrative Assistant
Carol Feren, Bookkeeper
Betsy Clark, Newsletter Editor
Laura Reid, Online Newsletter Editor
Jeff Young, Photographer
Terri Tiret and Ellen Seh, Wings of Song Managers
Jim Davenport & Tom Schiff, Webmasters
Jan Pedesen Schiff, Artistic Director
Jan Pedersen Schiff, founder and Artistic Director of SingersMarin, received a BA degree in Music Education from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, and a MM degree in Choral Conducting, with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy from the University of Colorado. Ms. Pedersen Schiff has been professionally involved with a broad range of choral groups, from K-12, community, church and professional choruses. She has served on college music faculties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Southern California before moving to Marin County. In the North Bay, she has taught voice classes at Napa Valley College and the College of Marin, and is frequently called upon to lead choral and vocal workshops, serving as choral clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor,including a choral festival at the Lincoln Center last spring. As a distinguished choral alumnus, Ms. Pedersen Schiff was invited to return to her alma mater, Augsburg College, and guest conduct the Millennium Choir. Through Chorus America, she was given the privilege of guest conducting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Formerly, as Founder of the Hollywood Chorale, she received the Susan B. Anthony Award for Cultural Achievement. In Marin, she has received the Marin Women's Commission Certificate of Commendation for her outstanding achievements with the teen and adult women's choruses and recently received the Milley Award for her achievements and contributions to the creative life of Mill Valley.
Amanda Morando,Youth Conductor, Summer Camp DirectorAmanda Morando is a soprano who completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from UC Santa Barbara. She has been singing since she was 5, and participating in choirs since she was 11, including 3 years in Singers Marin choir les étoiles. At UC Santa Barbara, she performed with the UCSB Chamber Choir under celebrated conductor Michel Marc Gervais for 4 years. She successfully directed SingersMarin's first summer camp program, Musical You!. She is also a member of Just Voices,SingersMarin's professional a cappella ensemble. She is currently in her second year as the youth program conductor. She is excited to be a part of the organization that helped her realize her musical passion, and looks forward to doing the same for the children she works with.
Andrei Gorchov, Assistant Conductor
A native to Marin County, Andrei began his musical career as a flutist. After learning music from the public school system, he appeared as a concert soloist with the Marin Symphony at age 17, and later with the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra and the San Francisco State University Orchestra. He has performed as an orchestral musician under conductors such as Michael Morgan, Gunther Schuller, Alasdair Neale, and Gary Sheldon. After receiving his B.M. in flute performance from San Francisco State University, he began the study of conducting. Andrei has been the Assistant Conductor of the Oakland Youth Orchestra, is currently the Associate Conductor of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, and teaches flute to many students in Marin County.
Irene Jacobson, Primary Accompanist
Irene Jacobson has served as the primary accompanist for SingersMarin since 1992. Ms. Jacobson is in demand throughout the Bay Area as pianist/accompanist, arranger, and music director for choirs, orchestras, cantors, vocalists, and instrumentalists. She is currently a member of the Shinozaki-Jacobson duo (with violinist Rick Shinozaki) which is a regular feature at the West Marin Music Festival. Notable past performances have included premieres of sonatas by Durwynne Hsieh and Mark Fish. Her endeavors have also extended to choral conducting and silent film composition, and she enjoys performing works of all styles from classical to Broadway to jazz. Irene received double degrees in Music and Social welfare from UC Berkeley, and when she is not playing, she works as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
Jeff Paul, Accompanist
Jeffrey Paul is a concert pianist, accompanist, musical director, and piano teacher throughout the San Francisco Bay Area . Jeff attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance. Jeff is the musical director for the First Congregational Church in San Rafael and is the staff accompanist for the College of Marin. Jeff has toured and performed in Europe and the South Pacific. Jeff also wears another hat as a realtor for Bradley Real Estate in Marin.
Maryliz Smith, Accompanist
Maryliz Smith is an international performance artist, composer and music educator. She holds a BA and a MM in Organ Performance from Colorado State University with further graduate studies at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. In the Bay Area, Ms. Smith is involved with coaching musicians, premiering new works, and facilitating sessions pertaining to the creative process with groups and individuals searching to be inventive, daring, self-expressing people.