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Jan Pedersen Schiff

About the Instructor...

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.


Before moving to Palm Desert, Ms. Pedersen Schiff spent many years teaching and conducting choirs in Marin County, California.  Prior to that, she 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 taught voice classes at Napa Valley College and the College of Marin, and was frequently called upon to lead choral and vocal workshops, serving as choral clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor


Ms. Pedersen Schiff was 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 recognized for her contributions to the county by the Marin Women’s Commission for her outstanding work with the teen and adult women’s choruses, has received the prestigious Milley Award for her contributions to the creative life of her hometown, Mill Valley, and was 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 on FaceTime and Zoom, as well as from her private vocal studio in Palm Desert

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