Artistic Staff


Jan pedersen Schiff

Artistic Director/Conductor, is the founder of Singers Marin. She received a B.A. degree in Music Education fro Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, and a M.M. 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 and church, to 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 College of Marin, and is called upon to serve as choral clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, including a choral festival at Lincoln Center. As a distinguished choral alumnus, Jan was invited to return to her alma mater, Augsburg College and guest conduct the Millennium Choir. She has also guest conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in alive broadcast and a 160-voice women's chorus with orchestra in Carnegie Hall. While in Los Angeles, she received the Susan B. Anthony Award for Cultural Achievement as found of the Hollywood Chorale. In Marin County, she received the Marin Women's Commission Certificate of Commendation for her outstanding work with teen and adult women's choruses, as well as the prestigious Milley Award for her achievements and contributions to the creative life of Mill Valley and the community of Marin. In 2013, she was inducted into the Marin Women's Hall of Fame.  This past spring she guest conducted a 140 voice chorus with orchestra in Carnegie Hall.


Irene Jacobson

Accompanist, has served as primary accompanist for Singers Marin 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), performing regularly in music festivals and recitals throughout the Bay Area. They have been featured on a compact disc issued by the Latin American Chamber Music Society performing Pampeana #1 by Alberto Ginastera. Irene's 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. She received degrees in both Music and Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley, and studied piano with Dusi Mura, Martha Wasley, and Nathan Schwartz. Today, when she is not playing piano, she playing mom to her young son, Nathan.

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Danielle Philapil

Youth Conductor, Danielle was born and raised in San Francisco where she began performing at the young age of three. She began teaching music, theatre and dance when she was in high school to children ages 3-16. She has her BFA in Musical Theatre from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and continues to perform in LA and the Bay Area. She loves working with kids and helping them grow confidence through learning music. She is so excited to be working for Singers Marin and to return to her roots of teaching music. 


dana cherry

Youth Conductor, is a native of Marin County where she has been singing and performing since childhood. Dana received her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco, and is a Marriage and Family Therapist working with youth in Marin. Dana has been able to incorporate her musical training and theater background when working with children in a therapeutic setting. Dana was a founding member of les étoiles in 1996 and worked for several years as the Youth Program Director for Singers Marin. Dana has recently performed with the Mountain Play, Novato Theater Company, College of Marin, Stapleton Theater Company, and Ross Valley Players. She looks forward to another fun-filled musical year working with Caroling Kids/Twinkling Stars and Starlights!

Jeffrey Paul

Accompanist, 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, Chorus Emeritus at the College of Marin, 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 real estate agent for Bradley Real Estate in Marin.