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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, and starting with this year, our energies will be toward creating a global choral community. les étoiles, our teen girls ensemble, will be participating for the fourth time in the World Choir Games this summer in Riga, Latvia. 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 2013-2014 Concert Season. We open with our 18th annual ‘Tis the Season holiday concert at the Marin Center VMA, on December 22, by Celebrating Traditions. By living in a diverse community, the way we celebrate this time of year varies widely. Just for fun, I have chosen to add some gospel and jazz to a few of the classic traditions. However, there will be an ample assortment of holiday favorites for everyone’s tastes.