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, include 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.
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.
Youth Program Administrator/Youth Conductor, received a B.A. from the University of London and a postgraduate degree in Education from the University of Canterbury. She spent 13 years as an elementary school teacher during which time she led the school's musical life, conducting choirs, arranging concerts, choreographing productions and producing a CD. Her junior chamber choir won the largest festival choir competition in Southern England four years running with the highest possible grade. Joanna was promoted to the role of Deputy Head of the Junior School and became responsible for the educational progress and well being of the school's 400 pupils. Alongside her teaching role, Joanna trained as a professional singer. She has given recitals and master classes, and performed as a soloist for many choirs and orchestras.
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 currently a Marriage and Family Therapy intern 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!
Youth Conductor, Comets,is a recent graduate from Humboldt State University who majored in Music Education with an emphasis in voice and piano. He has worked with various age groups and experience levels, including conducting both instrumental and vocal ensembles. Alberto started his vocal career in high school singing with the Marin School of the Arts Jazz choir. At Humbolt State, he founded and conducted the jazz choir for three consecutive years. Currently, he is an assistant for Marin School of The Arts choir department under the direction of Stevie Greenwell. Alberto’s future plan is to pursue a Masters Degree as well as a D.M.A.
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.