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This is a list of Marin County choral directors who conduct the many fine choirs performing in the county today.

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Debbie Daly

Debbie Daly is a yoga and singing teacher based in northern California. She is passionate about making the benefits of yoga and singing available to people of all ability levels.

Debbie is also a professional singer, musician, and dynamic group harmony singing leader. In 2015 she co-founded Sound Orchard, the northern California community music organization that hosts West Marin Choir and other music programs.

In her personal practice Debbie incorporates conscious dance and indulges in playful voice and movement improvisation. She can often be found hiking, biking, swimming or paddling around her home turf the Point Reyes peninsula.


Emily Gates

Emily Gates is known not only as a inspirational community member and role model for young women and girls, but also as one of the most respected and beloved chorus and musical theater teachers in Northern California. Born and educated in Ohio, Ms. Gates married her high school sweetheart and began a music teaching career which continued through the birth of four children, a move to California, and twenty years of teaching music in the Novato Unified School District. She currently teaches Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Show Choir and Musical Theater Workshop at San Marin High School. Ms. Gates serves as a board member and Jazz Show Choir Repertoire Standards Chair of the American Choral Directors' Association, has hosted choral festivals and given workshops for the California Music Educators' Association, and is a member of the Novato Music Educators' Conference, the California Band Directors Association and the International Association of Jazz Educators.


Dr. Craig Singleton

Dr. Singleton joined Dominican's faculty in 1997. Before that, he served as director of the Dixon School of Church Music of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary for 13 years. His performance areas are choral conducting and voice and include recitals and concerts across the US, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea. He graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, with a major in music and religion and received a Master of Church Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He also received a Master of Music in Music Education from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA.


Daria Jazz

Acclaimed vocalist, DARIA, an innovative singer and songwriter with a beautiful voice, unerring pitch and wide vocal range, blends Jazz, Brazilian music, Afro Cuban and world rhythms to create her own powerful and expressive style. Growing up in San Francisco, Daria was part of a uniquely creative family. Her mother spoke five languages, taught creative writing and is a published author. Her father was a first violinist with the San Francisco Symphony. Daria began to sing at age six. In her teens she fell in love with Jazz. She went on to study with Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy and Brazilian musician, Celia Malheiros. Daria has 2 critically acclaimed CDs, Just the Beginning, produced by Ian Dogole and Feel The Rhythm, produced by Frank Martin and seven-time Grammy Nominee, Wayne Wallace. The title track, Feel The Rhythm, a beautiful Brazilian style song, received Honorable Mention at the Billboard World Music Competition.


Ulis Redick

The Lighthouse Singers Gospel Choir is proud to have as Director Reverend Ulis Redic, Jr., an accomplished gospel music director and musician. In 2008, Rev. Redic Jr. began co-directing the Lighthouse Singers with Director, Dr. Helen J.H. Stephens. Upon Dr. Stephen's retirement, Rev. Redic became the Director of Lighthouse Singers. Rev. Redic is also the Music Minister of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond, California. and an active member of Northern California Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. His passion for gospel music includes participating in the annual Gospel Music Workshop of America convention. In 2015 Rev. Redic was honored when asked to lead the praise team in worship at this national convention.


Boyd Jarrell

Singer/conductor Boyd Jarrell is familiar to California audiences through his appearances with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony, and the Santa Cruz Symphony. Mr. Jarrell served San Francisco's Grace Cathedral as Cantor and Associate Choirmaster for over twenty-five years, where he trained the renowned boychoir. As a baroque specialist, Mr. Jarrell has performed with the American Bach Soloists, the California Bach Society, the Baroque Choral Guild, and the San Francisco Bach Choir. He toured with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in Handel's Acis and Galitea, and performs frequently with the Magnificat baroque ensemble.


Rita Gershengorn

According to my parents, I started singing at nine months and could harmonize by age two. (Really?) Now whether or not that's accurate, I can't remember a time in my life when I was NOT singing. My mom, my dad (a real ham and perfect Jolson mimic) his three brothers, my sister and even my grandparents, all sang - at home, in the car, at every family get-together. The first of many songs I've written was composed when I was nine. Unlike many children, I begged my parents to let me take piano lessons. In sixth grade, I wrote and starred in an abbreviated version of "H.M.S Pinafore"; in my junior high school's production of "The Mikado", I was one of the "Three Little Maids"; during high school, I was in Girls' Chorus and in college, I was "Song Leader" of my sorority.


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.


Daniella Caveney

Daniella Caveney is a lyric soprano, pianist, music educator, and conductor who has enchanted audiences in Europe and America as a dynamic concert soloist as well as having performed operatic roles with such companies as San Francisco Lyric Opera, Tyrolean Opera, Berkeley Opera and Florence Opera. She attended the San Francisco Conservatory of music as a vocal performance major for her undergraduate studies, and in 2004 ,launched her career in Opera and began teaching and directing ensembles


Autumn Allee

Autumn Allee, soprano, is praised for her unique instrument as well as her thoughtful acting and commanding stage presence. She has performed leading and supporting roles in productions at both of her alma maters as well as in young artists programs such as Kentucky Opera and BASOTI. While an Apprentice Artist with Kentucky Opera she covered mainstage roles including Musetta in La Boheme and the leading soprano role of Mary in the world premiere of Paul Moravec's The King's Man. Roles performed include Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, the title role in Suor Angelica, Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and Florinda in Into the Woods.


Daniel Canosa

Hailed as one of the best conductors of his generation, Argentine-born Daniel Canosa has led orchestras in Argentina, the United States, and Europe. He has established a bright reputation for his sensible and inspiring performances of an extensive repertoire of symphonic and choral masterworks from all periods. Currently living in California, he is the music director and conductor of the ECHO Chamber Orchestra, artistic director and conductor of the Apollo Symphony Orchestra, and the music director of the Marin Baroque.


Kevin Fox

Mr Fox has been involved with boys choirs since the age of eight. He holds degrees in Music (with Honors) and Economics from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, where he studied voice with tenor Wayne Rivera, conducting with Mel Strauss, composing with Neely Bruce, and received the Lipsky Prize for outstanding scholarship in choral studies. He studied music at Oxford University, England, with Edward Higginbottom, and choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton with Jim Jordan and Vincent Metallo. He has served as Proctor for the American Boychoir, working with Jim Litton and Craig Denison, and has sung with the choirs of Trinity Church in New Haven, Trinity Church in Princeton, American Bach Soloists, the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale, and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys in San Francisco, where he also worked as Interim Assistant Choirmaster.


Deborah Benedict

Deborah Benedict has dedicated her life to singing, first as a trained opera singer (Santa Fe Opera Apprentice, New England Conservatory graduate with a Master's in voice, and roles with companies across the US.) In addition, she has had an active teaching schedule, teaching voice, opera workshops and musical theater workshops at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Dominican University. She is the choral contractor for Skywalker Ranch, singing in and assembling choruses for videos and movies. Deborah has also been the musical director at Saint Patrick's Church in Larkspur, CA for the past 10 years, and conductor of the Rodef Sholom Choir for the High Holy Days at the Marin Civic Center for the past 15 years. It is with great enthusiasm that she looks forward to continuing the singing tradition of Marin Barbershop Chorus.


Allan Robert Petker

Allan Robert Petker is a published composer and arranger with over 250 published works with numerous publishing houses. His conducting books, "Choral Questions and Answers" Vols. I, II, III, IV and V, have become staples in school curriculum and for secondary resource material. His crusade to offer a cure for musical illiteracy culminated in the publication of the ADVANCE learning series. As a composer for hire he has written original scores for live performance and has penned a number of original T.V. commercials which have appeared on the CNBC network. Allan holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from California State University at Northridge in music, specializing in viola (BA), voice and choral conducting (MA).


Martha Wall

Martha Wall, Founder of Marin Girls Chorus, has taught and directed music in Marin County since 1980. A native Californian, Ms. Wall received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from University of California at Berkeley, where she studied conducting with Michael Senturia. She received her Masters in Music Education from Holy Names College in Oakland, with emphasis on the Kodaly approach to children's music education. Ms. Wall began studying piano at age seven and soon realized she wanted to become a music teacher. She gained her first experience toward that goal at age sixteen, teaching piano in private lessons and discovering how individual children learn.


Austin Willacy

Austin Willacy is a veteran member of The House Jacks with whom he has produced 10 full-length albums and completed multiple world tours. For the past 20 years, Austin has directed 'Til Dawn, Youth in Arts' award-winning teen a cappella group that empowers youth to find their voices in many ways.

Austin is also an award-winning singer/­songwriter with 4 CD's and 2 EP's to his name. His music is soulful and raucous, tender and comic. Austin's music has been featured on The Sing-Off, Road Rules, an Australian ad campaign, and three feature film soundtracks, including Thrive, a documentary with over 90 million views. He's appeared in Rolling Stone and has performed with icons such as Bonnie Raitt and up and coming artists like Jem, Vienna Teng, Rachael Yamagata and Amos Lee.