JAN PEDERSEN SCHIFF is a master teacher, as well as professional singer, composer and conductor.
She HAS 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.
Prior to living in the Bay Area, Ms. Pedersen Schiff taught on the voice and choral faculties of Wilkes College in PA, Somerset County College in NJ, and Los Angeles and Long Beach City Colleges in Southern California. She has been professionally active in NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), serving as President of the LA Chapter and VP/Treasurer of the SF Bay Area chapter. 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.
Ms. Pedersen Schiff is the Founder/Artistic Director of Singers Marin, a nonprofit performing arts organization that provides solo and choral performance opportunities for singers of all ages.
She 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 teaching conducting, music theory and voice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Southern California before moving to Marin County.
With the adult choruses of Singers Marin and other guest choruses, she has twice conducted two large choral/orchestral works in Davies Symphony Hall: “Requiem” by Hector Berlioz and Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms.”
Some guest conducting positions have included a choral festival at the Lincoln Center, the Millennium Choir of her alma mater, Augsburg College, a live broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and a 180 voice chorus with orchestra in Carnegie Hall.
While in southern California, as Founder of the Hollywood Chorale, she received the Susan B. Anthony Award for Cultural Achievement in Hollywood. She has been recognized by the Marin Women’s Commission for her contributions to the county, receiving the Certificate of Commendation for her outstanding work with the teen and adult women’s choruses. She has also received the prestigious Milley Award for her contributions to the creative life of her home town, Mill Valley, and was recently inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.
As a professional singer and recording artist, Jan has performed in a variety of settings, from recitals, to cabaret, to the concert stage. She currently teaches voice from her private vocal studio in Mill Valley.