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TABLE OF CONTENTS Board of Directors and Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Mission Statement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Singers Marin History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Choral Singers of Marin 1038 Redwood Highway Building A Mill Valley, CA 94941 P. O. Box 2102 Mill Valley, CA 94942 telephone: 415.383.3712 fax: 415.383.7289 [email protected]

Message from Founder/Artistic Director. . . 5 Community Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Message from Our President . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Concert Programs. . . . . . . . . . 9, 12 – 13, 15 Chorus Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Our 2014-15 Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Our 2014-15 Donors. . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 – 19 Our 2015 Gala/Silent Auction Donors. . . 19 Thank You for Your Support . . . . . . . . . . 20 Artistic Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 – 23 Chorus Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 – 25 Concert Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Index of Advertisers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Singers Marin is an active member, and proud to be associated with the following professional organizations:

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SINGERS MARIN MISSION STATEMENT Singers Marin is a nonprofit community-based organization that nurtures people of all ages in creating choral music of exceptional artistic quality, instilling in its membership a love for the choral arts, and providing a musical education for all. Appreciating that music is the language of the soul, as we perform locally, nationally, and internationally, we seek to touch the heart with beauty and uplift the spirit with joyful song. Singers Marin fulfills its mission by: Being one of Marin’s finest community arts organizations • being financially sound for 25 years • having a strong and supportive board of directors • having a strong administrative staff • hiring only the best instructors/conductors/accompanists/musicians • performing thousands of concerts for the community • biennially participating in Festivals and Competitions around the world • training hundreds of children and adults in the art of choral singing Offering opportunities for the amateur and professional singer • offering choruses for all levels of singers, from entry level, (no experience), to those with some experience who want to advance their skills, to highly trained professional musician/singers • providing scholarships to low-income singers (our policy is to never turn away a singer who wants and needs to sing). Developing in young people a love for the choral arts • giving children the rich experience of blending their voices together and learning the skills necessary to achieve vocal excellence • offering a program in the Canal area of San Rafael for disadvantaged youth Providing a musical education for its membership • reviewing basic music theory in rehearsals as often as possible and offering extra classes in sight-reading and musicianship skills Performing a repertoire of diversified musical styles. • singing music that spans the centuries, including music of other cultures, as well as today’s popular songs Coming together to form a common bond through the joy of singing • enjoying the company of other singers and making friends with those from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds Connecting with the community through charitable performances • performing the National Anthem for various civic events • providing entertainment for local events, benefits, etc. Sharing the gift of song with the elderly and the confined • singing several times each year for retirement homes and convalescent centers (up to 40 each year) Presenting a concert season for the enjoyment of the general public • combined youth and adult present a winter Holiday concert • combined youth present a concert each spring • Wings of Song presents a concert each spring • Joyful Sound presents a summer concert and picnic • Just Voices presents several concerts throughout the year 2

BOARD OF WORDS DIRECTORS GO HERE AND STAFF BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mary Anderson, President Nanci Burg Canby, Secretary Mark Georgesen Mary Hudson Laura Lindskog Richard McKeague Jan Pedersen Schiff, Ex Officio Charles Seagrave John Russell Slater Nick Tarlson, Treasurer COMMUNITY RELATIONS ADVISORY BOARD Tony Angelo David Butze Jeanne Brown William McKeon Mark Northcross Graciela Pera Kate Sears Clifford Waldeck HONORARY BOARD Robert Page Alice Parker Leland B. Sateren, In Memoriam ARTISTIC STAFF Jan Pedersen Schiff, Founder / Artistic Director Dana Cherry, Twinkling Stars Instructor Joanna Dudley, Youth Conductor, Caroling Kids / Starlights Ingrid Serban, Youth Conductor, Caroling Kids / Celestial Voices Joe Taff, Youth Conductor, Comets Irene Jacobson, Primary Accompanist Jeff Paul, Alternate Accompanist Maryliz Smith, Alternate Accompanist ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Jan Pedersen Schiff, Executive Director Joanna Dudley, Youth Program Administrator Linda Seitas, Administrative Assistant Keala Van Dyck, Office Manager Carol Feren, Bookkeeper Tom Schiff, Webmaster 3

SINGERS MARIN HISTORY Founded by Artistic Director Jan Pedersen Schiff in January 1987, Choral Singers of Marin became a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in July 1988, with Wings of Song as its first ensemble. This all-female, non-auditioned chorus continues to grow in numbers and excellence. Singers Marin formed its first mixed chorus in 1992. Originally called Choral Singers of Marin, the name was changed to A Joyful Sound! Today, this chorus performs only in the summers and encourages family participation. After four successful seasons, the Marin Master Chorale presented an historic final performance of the Berlioz Requiem at Davies Symphony Hall in May 2001. It is now a professional mixed ensemble known as Just Voices. The youth program had its formal beginnings in 1996 after a two-year sponsorship of the Marin High School Honors Chorus. The first all-female teen chorus chose the name les étoiles, and subsequently became the “stars” of Singers Marin. Caroling Kids joined in the fall of 1996, after a successful independent season. The children’s program expanded after its participation in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Starlights (ages nine through middle school) was created in 2000, and Celestial Voices (membership by audition for the same age group) was added in the fall of 2004. These “star” programs now also include Twinkling Stars (ages six through eight), and a program for young boys, the Comets. Concert touring has become a regular part of the opportunities offered to our singers. In 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006 and 2011, adult singers performed in Carnegie Hall. In 1997, they also traveled to Berlin and Vienna, performing at the International Schubert Festival. In 2001, they performed the Berlioz Requiem at the Sydney Opera House, and, in 2004, Wings of Song participated in the Choir Olympics in Bremen, Germany. In 1999 les étoiles performed at the Kiwanis Choral Festival in Vancouver, BC. In 2001, they took part in the Australian International Music Festival, performing in the Sydney Opera House and receiving a gold award. In 2003, they presented a concert tour in Scandinavia, which included Norway and Finland, and in 2004 also participated in the Choir Olympics, receiving a bronze medal. In 2005, Celestial Voices participated in the Children in Harmony Festival at Disney World Resort, and in 2006 competed in the Golden Gate International Children’s Choral Festival, earning second and third place finishes. Wings of Song returned to Carnegie Hall with les étoiles in April 2006, performing with artistic director Jan Pedersen Schiff as guest conductor. In 2008, Wings of Song members took part in a Mexican Choral Cruise, and les étoiles & Celestial Voices traveled to Graz, Austria, receiving a silver diploma in the World Choir Games. In 2009, les étoiles participated in the Golden Gate International Youth Choral Festival taking second place in both the Folk and Historical categories. In 2010, they traveled to South Africa, for the Ihlombe Choral Festival, in 2011, they competed at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, winning a silver and bronze medal, and in 2014 competed again in the WCG in Riga, Latvia, winning two silver medals. 2015 brought les étoiles to Carnegie Hall to perform “The Peacemakers,” and Wings of Song to Rome to sing at the Vatican. Singers Marin has received several awards over the years, including The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce 2001 Volunteer of the Year Award for “outstanding community service and contribution to the community of Mill Valley and the county of Marin,” and the Marin County Women’s Commission Certificate of Commendation in 2002 for “the life enriching experience of Wings of Song to the women of Marin and their elderly audiences, and reaching out to teen girls with the extraordinary ensemble of les étoiles.”


MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER/ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Welcome to the first concert of our 2015/1016 “Glowing Harmonies” Concert Season. Now in its 20th year at the Marin Center, this familyoriented performance continues to be a highlight of the season. A few songs remain a tradition: Craig Courtney’s “Carols of the Night” (“O Holy Night” and “Silent Night”) masterfully accompanied by pianist, Irene Jacobson, and “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” signed for the deaf by our youth choruses. Even after 20 years, I never grow tired of conducting these beautiful and powerful compositions. They continue to evoke those spine tingling goose bumps from audiences and singers alike. This is why we sing! However, the constant challenge for me each year is how to top the previous year’s “Best ever!” remarks from our audience, and I never fully know until it’s over whether we achieved that goal. This year’s “Candlelight Magic” theme came out of a trip to the Midwest last spring when I stopped at a little Scandinavian souvenir shop in Wisconsin. There I found a Luciakrona. The crown of candles is worn by a young woman representing Saint Lucia (Latin for light) followed by a procession of young singers singing the famous Neopolitan song Santa Lucia. For the Scandinavians, she represents bringing light into the dark winter night. Thus was born our candlelight theme, which led to selecting the following repertoire gems: “Wishes and Candles” by the late Stephen Paulis, composed for the NYC Lincoln Center tree lighting; “Candlelight Carol,” by John Rutter, now becoming a favorite among newer Christmas carols; “In the Candlelight” as sung by the children with lyrics that meld Christmas and Hanukkah traditions. Returning as our guest artist on harp is Bertina Boyadjiev who will accompany many of these songs. Knowing that holiday traditions are not only about candles, fun selections of songs about Santa are included with Robert Alan Clink as guest baritone soloist leading the traditional “Twas the Night Before Christmas” story. In closing the concert, I return to songs about peace, as we remember the deeper meaning of the season: “Peace on earth, good will to all.” A newer composition by Jim Papoulis sends out a powerful message with his lyrics, “How many Christmases will there be ‘til we learn to live as one!” which we will follow by singing “Light One Candle” by Peter, Paul, and Mary. I believe our mission to “touch hearts and uplift spirits” has the potential once again of being fulfilled in this concert. I hope you enjoy! In peace and harmony,

Jan Pedersen Schiff 5

COMMUNITY OUTREACH Singers Marin presents several concerts a year for residents of many of the following senior homes and health care centers in Marin. We appreciate their mutual support and applause. Aegis of Corte Madera Aegis of San Rafael Aldersley Retirement Community Alma Via of San Rafael Atria Tamalpais Creek Retirement Cedars of Marin Deer Park Retirement Drake Terrace Greenbrae Care Center Hillside Care Center Marin Convalescent Marin Terrace Nazareth House

Northgate Convalescent Pine Ridge Care Center The Rafael Assisted Living The Redwoods Health Care Center The Redwoods Personal Care Unit The Redwoods Retirement The San Rafael Health Care Center Rotary Manor Senior Access The Tamalpais Retirement Home Villa Marin Retirement Home Vintage Coventry Windchime of Marin

We Soar Together in Harmony We blend to create a beautiful new season Wings of Song 1st and 2nd Sopranos

Altos, Our lows are musical highs! 6

MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT Spring is here again! As I write this, news of the drought throughout California is making headlines in the local, national, and international news. The small storms that passed through at the end of Spring Break week brought just enough moisture to whet our appetites. Despite our lovely green hills in Marin, I am told we are in for a long, hot, dry summer! A similar drought occurs annually at this time of year in the Singers Marin budget. One of our major fundraising events will have taken place by the time you read this, but we rely on our supporters throughout the year. Our women’s chorus, Wings of Song, has recently returned from their trip to Rome, and by all accounts it was wonderful! I kept up by watching for posts on Facebook by our singers. Please check out our activities there, or sign up for our monthly newsletter at Please note our continued involvement in bringing vocal instruction to our local community. It is as vital as rain! I support Singers Marin with my time and funding, and am grateful to be able to do so. I am also so very thankful to those of you who have supported us in the past, and hopeful that I can count on your continued support! I will be stepping down from my role as President in September, after my term is up, but look forward to supporting Singers Marin in any way I can.


Calling all new singers!

If you enjoyed listening to today’s concert, and you or your daughter or son would like to try out one of our rehearsals, we would love for you to come along and join us! Our spring session begins the second week in January, and you can check out our range of offerings by visiting our website at or by reading our chorus profiles in this program. We will waive the new member registration fee of $25 if you show this program announcement at the time of booking. So keep it safe, and we look forward to welcoming you to Singers Marin in the New Year!

Patricia Gross

Rick Shinozaki Instructor in Violin and Viola

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Joyful Sound We bring SOUL to the Music! Bass Section 8


Singers Marin ’Tis the Season...Candlelight Magic Jan Pedersen Schiff, artistic director/conductor Dana Cherry, Joanna Dudley, Ingrid Serban, Joe Taff, youth conductors Irene Jacobson, piano – Bertina Boyadjiev, harp Lockwood Barr and Robert Alan Clink, guest soloists

CONCERT PROGRAM December 20, 2015 Santa Lucia (Scandinavian Tradition). . Neapolitan/arr.Jan Pedersen Schiff les étoiles, Celestial Voices & Wings of Song Wishes and Candles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Paulus Combined Choruses O little Town of Bethlehem. . . . . . . . . . Lewis Redner/arr. Stephen Paulus Adult Choruses with les etoiles Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella (French Traditional) . . arr. Curtis Hanson Wings of Song Angels’ Carol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Rutter Wings of Song & les étoiles Angels We Have Heard On High (French Traditional). . . . arr. Parker/Shaw We Three Kings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John H. Hopkins Combined Choruses and Audience Sing-Along with Caroling Kids In the Candlelight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sally K. Albrecht Celestial Voices, Starlights & Comets Candlelight Carol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Rutter Adult Choruses


CONCERT PROGRAM Ose Shalom (Traditional Hebrew Text). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Levitt Adult Choruses Carols of the Night. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Craig Courtney O Holy Night – Adolphe Adam | Silent Night – Franz Gruber Combined Choruses and Audience Sing-Along with Caroling Kids


’Twas the Night Before Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clement Clark Moore/ arr. Harry Simeone Combined Choruses with Robert A. Clink, baritone soloist Santa Claus is Coming to Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. Fred Coots Caroling Kids Jolly Jingle Christmas Medley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Alan Billingsley Up on the Housetop | Deck the Hall | O Christmas Tree Jingle Bells | Jolly Old St. Nicholas Combined Choruses and Audience Sing-Along with Caroling Kids I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus . . . . . . Tommie Connor/arr Mac Huff Celestial Voices Santa Baby. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Anonymous les étoiles We Need A Little Christmas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry Herman/arr. Mac Huff Starlights & Comets Kindle the Hanukkah Lights. . . . . . Lois Brownsey and Mari Lunn Lantz Combined Youth Choruses How Many Christmases. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Papoulis Light One Candle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Yarrow/arr. Robert DeCormier Combined Choruses Let There Be Peace on Earth. . . . . . . . . . . Miller/Jackson/arr. Hawley Ades Combined Choruses and Audience Sing-Along with Caroling Kids 10

CAROL SING-ALONG Angels We Have Heard On High Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing o’er the plains, And the mountains in reply, echoing their joyous strains. Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo. Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the new-born King. Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo. See him in a manger laid, whom the choirs of angels praise Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while our hearts in love we raise. Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo

We Three Kings We three kings of Orient are bearing gifts, we traverse afar Field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star. O…Star of wonder, Star of night. Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to the perfect light. Glorious now behold Him arise King and God and Sacrifice “Alleluia, alleluia!” Earth to the heavens replies.

Silent Night Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight. Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing, “Alleluia!” Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born. Silent night, holy night, Son of God loves pure light, Radiant beams from Thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Up On the Housetop Up on the housetop reindeer pause, Out jumps good old Santa Claus. Down through the chimney with lots of toys, All for the little ones Christmas joys. Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click. Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick!


CAROL SING-ALONG Deck the Hall Deck the hall with boughs of holly Fa la la la la…. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la… Don we now are gay apparel, Fa la la la la…. Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, Fa la la la la…. See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la…. Strike the harp and join the chorus, Fa la la la la…. Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la…. While I tell of Yuletide treasure, Fa la la la la….

O Christmas Tree O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches. Not only green when summer’s here, But in the coldest time of year. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches.

Jingle Bells Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way; Bells on bobtail ring, making spirits bright; What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight. Oh! Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells! Jingle all the way! Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh

Jolly Old St. Nicholas Jolly Old St. Nicholas lean your ear this way; Don’t you tell a single soul what I’m going to say; Christmas Eve is coming soon. Now you dear old man, Whisper what you’ll bring to me; tell me, if you can.

Let There Be Peace on Earth Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me, Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God as our Father, family all are we. Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me; let this be the moment now. With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow. To take each moment, and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.


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GUEST ARTISTS Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Bertina Boyadjiev was introduced to the world of music by her father and began studying the harp at age twelve. She graduated with honors from the Bulgarian Conservatory of Music in Sofia, performed with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded with the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra. In 1993 she moved to San Francisco and now resides in Marin County. Ms. Boyadjiev received her Master’s Degree in 1997 from Indiana University where she studied with Susann McDonald. At present, she performs with the Napa Valley Symphony, the Marin Symphony, and the Mendocino Music Festival. In addition to teaching harp privately and giving solo recitals, Bertina often performs at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco. Robert Alan Clink is delighted to join the chorus for another holiday celebration! A Michigan native, Robert is a graduate of Albion College and pursued graduate studies in Opera at the University of Kansas. In recent years he was featured as “Santa” for the national tour of the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and as “Huxley” for the North American tour of “Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular.” His credits include 20 regional opera productions, 250 live broadcasts as the host of Emmy nominated “Inside Alaska,” hundreds of voice-overs, both as talent and producer, national advertisements for Werner, Home Depot, Barclay’s Bank, and Panasonic. Lockwood Barr is a rising Country singer, songwriter and musician currently based in Nashville, TN. Selected as one of the Country Music Association's (CMA) “2015 Emerging Artists,” Lockwood is a proud native of Tiburon, CA, where she grew up performing with Singers Marin. She moved to Nashville in 2008, where she attended Vanderbilt University (B.S. 2012) and immediately began writing and performing around town. In 2011, she released her debut album, “The 25th Hour,” available on iTunes, Amazon and CdBaby. com. Lockwood is currently working on a new album with Grammy-winning producer, Matt Odmark, due out this winter, 2016.


CHORUS MEMBERSHIP Caroling Kiddies Tatum Alexander Inaya Grifoni Allison Merlin Vera Woo Caroling Kids Caroline Broughton Laila Campbell Yasmin Charkin Bohema Drane Stella Jordan Helen Kay Elsa Merriman Ava Nassiri Anna Picasso Maddie Polsky Juliet Schohn Lucy Shalhoup Lucia Tassone Starlights Cadence Ardell Fiona Bailey Lexi Donovan Polina Gologorskaya Daphne Hale Emmy Hoffman Ava Jensen Isabelle Jensen Sabine Rafati-Johnson Danielle Mondesir Ruth Mondesir Alice Newmeyer Isabella Orelean Skye Mandigo-Stoba Phoebe Yates Comets Belen Drane Matthew Gerson Leith Grifoni Jack Hagerman Ryan Hagerman Nico Sakellariou William Zegart

Celestial Voices Brooke Clark Katie Compagno Victoria Dubinin Catherine Hackett Corinne Hunt Miranda Leane Sarah Mondesir les étoiles Andrea Andersen Fiona Bransgrove Olivia Lang Brown Kacie Carroll Deanna Dubinin Danielle Egan Jessica Fierro Sophia Gazor Juliette Lachica Kaylia Leitch Ariana Lushtak Esther Mondesir Ellie Packard Ruby Saltzman Liyara Senadheeya Daniella Silva Wings of Song Mary Anderson Francis Barbour Cathy Blumberg Gray Boyce Tori Brant Nanci Burg-Canby Lynn Colombo Lenore Davies Nancy Dunbar Young- ah Dutton Pam Embry Anne Erlandson Carol Feren Lauren Firestein Lee FitzGerald Cindy Flinn Aimee Foreman Gail Glassberg Patricia Gross Jenn Hagerman Susan Hoehler Stacy Holland Mary Hudson Susie Jacobs Hazel King 15

Joanne Lefferts Gwen Lesh Lisa Lewis Jo Lowe Penny Markrack Jan Mathews Jane McClure Crystal McLeod Samantha Merlin Valerie Miller Tracy Redig Arlene Roberts Oveda Rutledge Donna Saberman Nancy Seitas Sybil Skinner Nalini Sosale Sharon Staley Gillian Ruth Stewart Marney Tenney Keala Van Dyck Joyful Sound Mary Anderson Sophia Arroyo Fiona Bailey Jack Bailey Cathy Blumberg Sue Bowser Tori Brant Nanci Burg Canby Parker Canby Mary Christiansen Lauren Clapperton Jane Clare Dana Muxen Davol Nancy Dunbar Anne Erlandson Carol Feren Lauren Firestein Lee Fitzgerald Cindy Flinn Julia Forbes Gail Glassberg Bob Gordon Georgia Gould Patricia Gross Jack Hagerman Jenn Hagerman Ryan Hagerman Joanne Harwood Mary Hughes Susie Jacobs

Andrea Jagger-Wells Erik Jagger-Wells Jamima Jagger-Wells Tess Jagger-Wells Pam Keon Ellie Klevins Joanne Lefferts Gwen Lesh Penny Markrack Jane McClure Richard McKeague Charles McLaughlin Crystal McLeod Samantha Merlin Marcia Meyers Anne Miller Valerie Miller Marlene Mills Dianna Muhic Jane Perkoff Sandy Pisani Barbara Rowe Tim Ryan Donna Saberman Ellen Seh Sharon Staley Nick Tarlson Ed Taylor Marney Tenney Elaine Tope Ahria Wolf Frieda Zolan Holiday Singers Greg Brockbank Chris Chapin Lauren Clapperton Jane Clare Bob Gordon Georgia Gould Mary Hughes Linda Little Richard McKeague Nick Tarlson Just Voices Robert Clink Joanna Dudley Erin Egan Hassig Bill Quist Jan Pedersen Schiff Charles Seagrave Keala Van Dyck

THANK YOU TO OUR 2014-15 DONORS $1,000 – $9,999 Sue & Pete Bowser | David & Monika Butze | Dr. Alan Feren & Carol Feren Susie Jacobs | Lindskog Family Investments | Susanne Lyons Terry & Betsey Nelson | Tom & Jan Schiff | Charles Seagrave Emory & Vicki Winship $500 – $999 Aetna Foundation | Mary Anderson & Jeff Harris | Nanci Burg Canby Nancy Dunbar | Chris & Young Ah Dutton | Pam Embry Keith & Dianne Featherstone | Seth & Alison Ferguson | Lorie Hartman Jennifer & Patrick Kiss | New Threads | Ellen Seh | Margaret Sporcich Sharon & Rob Staley | Valerie Miller $250 – $499 Dr. Gordon & Jamie Danielson | Mark Georgesen | Bill and Susan Hoehler Michael Poplardo | Donna & Mark Saberman | Sybil Skinner Terri Terret | Penelope Smith | Carol Solomon $100 – $249 Robert Abbott | Paul Agricola | Ellen Buchen | Nancy & Bob Burkhard John & Carolyn Biasotti | Gray Boyce | Bob & Tori Brant | Olivia Butze Charles Cain | Col. Ralph Cole | Bob & Lenore Davies | Carol Donohue Lee Fitzgerald | Cindy Flinn | Tom & Cynthia Foster | Bob Gordon Lynn Harrison | Holly Kaiser & Vasco Morais | Ingried Kubitz | Mill Valley Market Penny Markrack | Michelle Brilhante-Muir | Mark Northcross | Graciela Pera Michael Poplardo | Nalini & Dileep Ramachandran | Oveda Rutledge Renee Rymer | Greg Schliz & Kim Kihara | Rick Shinozaki | Nancy Schlegel Barbara Schechner | Anne & William Schwarzer | Don & Nancy Seitas John Sutter | Sandi Rubay Turner | Cari Vaeth | Dr. & Mrs. Colin Wong Up to $99 Linda Jeanne Alden | Darlene Bellucci | Christine Bradley | Christine Blackburn Carol Breen | Elaine & Reed Brobank | Shelly Carlisle | Taissa Cherry John & Denise Colwell | Toni & Alan Denmark | Judith Donovan Charles Dunkel | Carl & Peggy Erickson | Maurice Feren Clifford & Dorothy Haaland | Doris Hunker | Harold & Agnes Jacobson Clare Juvig | Julie & Russell Keil | Stephen Kent | David and Elsie Krinitsky Jane Lesh | Ray & Mary McDevitt | Richard McKeague | Sydney Minnerly Genevieve Mitchell | Marian Moynihan | Merle O Evers | Dr. Joel & Barbara Renbaum | Arlene Roberts | Alan Scott | Charles & Eileen Seifert Charlaine Shackelford | Willard & Patricia Simms | Sybil Skinner Lori & Phillip Smith | Mildie Whedon | Phillip Winslow Martin & Rochelle Yonas | Karen Zehring | Billie Zepp In Honor of: Tori Brant by Darlene Bellucci & Julie & Russell Keil Carol Feren by Martin & Rochelle Yonas & Stephen Kent Irene Jacobson by Harold & Agnes Jacobson Donna Saberman by Stephen Kent Tracy Redig by Nancy Reiss Susie Jacobs by Ernie and Penny Weis 16

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT Our Mission and Our Legacy We are so very grateful to all of you who have contributed time, passion and funding during the past 28 years which has enabled us to pursue our dream and our mission of Touching Hearts and Uplifting Spirits through music education, community outreach, public concert performances, choral workshops, concert tours, and tuition assistance for our Singers each and every year. As we look forward, we are renewing and enhancing our mission to focus on youth through our newly established Vocal Arts Academy, offering more attention to the individual through private voice lessons. We are inviting you to join our Singers Marin Patron Membership Program through your monthly support which will increase the resources we can dedicate to our mission. We hope to invite many new Patron Members of the Choral Arts through outreach in our community, nation and beyond. Together, we can fulfill our dream of bringing the enjoyment, awareness, and opportunities within the Choral Arts to new heights. Thank you for your continued support. I want to join the new Singers Marin Patron Membership Program: by pledging $12.50 or $______________ (other) per month

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THANK YOU TO OUR 2014-15 VOLUNTEERS Anderson, Mary – Silent Auction

Singers Marin

Boyce, Gray – WOS Performance Assistant – PM Butze, David – Marketing/Development Committee

is especially

Blumberg, Cathy – Flyer Distribution


Brant, Tori – WOS Rehearsal Assistant

for our volunteers.

Canby, Nanci – Gala Co-Chair/Event Coordinator Canby, Parker – Refreshment Assistant Dunbar, Nancy – WOS Rehearsal Assistant, PM Embry, Pam – Flyer Distribution

 We wish to thank

Firestein, Lauren – Marin Human Race Coordinator Feren, Carol – Bookkeeping/Alto Section Leader Fitzgerald, Lee – WOS Performance Assistant, PM Flinn, Cindy – WOS S2/AI Section Leader/ Performance Assistant Georgesen, Mark – Gala Co-Chair

and recognize

Glassberg, Gail – WOS Rehearsal Assistant, AM

these very special

Gross, Patricia – Flyer Distribution


Hoehler, Susan – WOS Alto 2 Section Leader Jacobs, Susie – WOS Tickets/Soprano Section Leader

who have given

Lefferts, Joanne – WOS Rehearsal Assistant

of their time

Lutge, Millie – WOS Soprano 2 Section Leader

and talents to

Miller, Valerie – Flyer Distribution Redig, Tracy – Silent Auction Assistant

the ongoing

Rutledge, Oveda – Flyer Distribution/Wardrobe Assistant

operations of

Saberman, Donna – WOS Membership/Physical Warm-ups

our organization

Schiff, Tom – Website Maintenance Seagrave, Charles – Recording

(with sincere

Seh, Ellen – In-house Photography

apologies to

Seitas, Nancy – WOS Wardrobe

anyone we

Seitas Linda – Administrative Assistant Skinner, Sybil – WOS Tickets Coordinator

may have

Staley, Sharon – Flyer Distribution/Soprano 2 Section Leader


Gillian Stewart – WOS Rehearsal Assistant


Clark White – Office Volunteer All our dedicated Board Members All our Parent Volunteers


ARTISTIC PROFILES Jan Pedersen Schiff, artistic director/conductor, is the founder of Singers Marin. She 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 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 the College of Marin, and is called upon to serve as choral clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, including a choral festival at the 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 a live 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 founder of the Hollywood Chorale. In Marin County, she received the Marin Women’s Commission Certificate of Commendation for her outstanding work with the 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. 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 UC Berkeley and studied piano with Dusi Mura, Martha Wasley, and Nathan Schwartz. Today, when she is not playing piano, she is playing mom to her young son, Nathan. 19

ARTISTIC PROFILES Joanna Dudley, youth program administrator/youth conductor, received a BA 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 choir festival 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, master classes and performed as a soloist for many choirs and orchestras. Joanna moved to Marin from England in January 2014 with her husband and 2 ½ year old son William. Their expanded family now also includes 11 month old Oliver. 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 currently works at Sunny Hills Services in therapeutic behavioral services. Dana has been able to incorporate her musical training and theater background when working with children in a therapeutic setting. Dana was the 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 and Stapleton Theater Company. She looks forward to another fun filled musical year working with Caroling Kids/Twinkling Stars! Ingrid Serban, youth conductor, is a vocal coach with over 15 years of teaching experience, five of which were spent teaching at the university level. Her musical education began in Europe where she studied piano and voice at a prestigious music school in Romania. She then obtained a BA in Music from CBU in Riverside, CA and pursued a Masters in Voice at the CSU Fullerton. Aside from teaching voice, Ingrid has performed and directed several musical productions, sung with numerous choirs, performed as a soloist and conductor. She currently sings and tours with her husband/musician, Forest Sun. In addition to her outstanding musicianship, Ingrid is also a filmmaker and was recently featured by CineWomen for her award-winning debut film, “All Sales Final” (2014) which was shown at the Tiburon Film Festival and has been accepted at festivals around the USA and India.


ARTISTIC PROFILES Conductor, singer, and guitarist Joe Taff moved to the Bay Area in July 2014 from Amherst, MA. A double major in Music and History at Amherst College, Joe sang with many of the college’s choirs, played guitar in the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, and completed a senior thesis in composition (a short opera based on the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh). After graduating from Amherst in 2013, Joe served as the college’s Choral Graduate Associate for 201314, a role that included singing with, conducting, and arranging pieces for Amherst’s choral groups. In addition to teaching one Caroling Kids class with Singers Marin, Joe also performs with several Bay Area choirs (including the San Francisco Choral Artists, the San Francisco Bach Choir, and Singers Marin’s Just Voices), teaches guitar and keyboard at elementary schools throughout the south bay, and directs the choir at Santa Teresa Hills Presbyterian Church in San Jose. Maryliz Smith, alternate accompanist, is an international performance artist, composer, and music educator. She holds a BA and an 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. Jeffrey Paul, accompanist, is a concert pianist, musical director, and piano instructor who performs and teaches throughout the Bay Area. Jeff attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance. He is the music director for the First Congregational Church in San Rafael and the staff accompanist for the College of Marin. Jeff has toured and performed in Europe and the South Pacific. He also wears another hat as a realtor for Bradley Real Estate in Marin.


CHORUS PROFILES Wings of Song, the founding women’s chorus of Singers Marin, began as an amateur chorus of women that performed primarily a varied collection of classical, folk songs, show tunes, and popular standards for the elderly in Marin. Their purpose was to “bring back memories.” Favorites from that repertoire have been captured on their CD, Sentimental Journey. Today, the ensemble attracts singers of all ages and musical backgrounds. Membership is open to women who love to sing and enjoy being challenged by new repertoire, in addition to singing old standard classics. Two rehearsals are held each week to accommodate today’s busy schedules, and singers may attend one or both. Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00, and Wednesday mornings, 10:00 to 12:00 noon in Tiburon. Joyful Sound is the summer chorus and is open to everyone who loves to sing. There are no age limits, and families are encouraged to participate together. The repertoire is a mixture of lighter classical, folk songs, and popular standards. Several concerts are given at the end of the summer for retirement homes, in addition to a final concert and picnic for the general public. Rehearsals for the ten-week session begin mid-June and are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Tiburon.


Just Voices is a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to the highest level of choral artistry through an eclectic a cappella repertoire, from early Renaissance to contemporary pop and jazz. The ensemble is made up of professional adult musician/singers. Most performances are for hire, though community outreach also plays an important role. Rehearsals are held on selected Wednesday evenings and some Saturday afternoons. Membership is by audition.

Youth Choruses

The “stars” of Singers Marin are the youth choruses. Divided by age levels and experience, these ensembles teach valuable skills through a repertoire of varied musical styles, and build confidence in performance as children share their gift of song with others. A friendly audition is required for membership in order to determine readiness and commitment. 22

VOCAL ARTS ACADEMY The “stars” of SingersMarin are the youth choruses. Divided by age levels and experience, these ensembles teach valuable skills through a repertoire of varied musical styles, and build confidence in performance as children share their gift of song with others. A friendly interview/audition is required for membership in order to determine readiness and commitment. Caroling Kids have been delighting Marin County residents since 1995, when these boys and girls, aged six to eight, first appeared on the holiday scene. This fall they have also been joined by Caroling Kiddies, our new chorus for singers aged four and five years old. These young singers rehearse the wonderful traditional music of the holidays, including Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, and popular winter standards. In the spring, the same children become Twinkling Stars and Twinkling Starlets. The younger singers meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:25, and the older children rehearse from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays in Mill Valley, and Thursdays in San Rafael. Starlights is the entry level program for girls aged nine through middle school. This is the required next level chorus, and offers vocal training, music fundamentals, and performance opportunities to young singers who are new to choral singing. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Mill Valley. Comets is our chorus for boys and young men, aged nine and up. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00p.m. Celestial Voices is the younger advanced ensemble for girls aged ten through twelve with at least one semester in Starlights, or for those with prior musical training who are ready for a higher challenge. Singers perform music, both a cappella and accompanied, in three-part harmony. Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Mill Valley. les étoiles is the young women’s advanced ensemble for teenage girls. Naming themselves back in 1997, they continue to hold true to their name, “the stars,” as they shine for audiences everywhere. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Mill Valley, with sectionals on selected Saturdays. 23

Ava We love to hear you sing! Love, Mama and Papa and Samuel

Dearest Deanna and Victoria, Shine brightly this Christmas season! Thank you for making it so much more special with your beautiful voices! Love, Mom & Dad

Andrea, we are very proud of you. You are great!

Yasmin Charkin, Sing to your heart's delight! As it is a delight for us too.

Love, Mom, Dad & Will

With love Mummy, Daddy, Lily, Thea & Pickles


To our sweet Vera, You brighten our lives with your beautiful spirit! We love you so very much! Love, Mommy, Daddy & Ella

you are the light of our life!

Keep singing.

It makes us very happy. Love you,

Daddy, Mommy,

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Catherine, We are so glad you joined Singers Marin. We love hearing you sing and are so proud of you.

Dear Sabine, We are so proud of you! Love, Mommies L

Love, Mom and Dad

Lucy, we are so proud of you and your many talents.

Twinkle little star and let your light shine bright! We love you Stella!

Love, Mommy and Daddy

Mommy & Daddy Dear Caroline, God gave you the wonderful gifts of a beaufiful singing voice and a love of music. We are so proud of you for sharing your talent. Love, Mommy, Daddy and Ashley

Your pl ayful and lov ing voice in the be autiful chorus of your friends' voices is the best music of the se a son! Happy Holid ays, Polin a ! Love, Papa , Mam a , S a sh a , Marie 25




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