Summer Sing

Summer Sing

Registration for 2020 will open in January!

July 23 – July 26, 2020

Summer Sing celebrates 30 years! Started by Mel Olsen (the person to whom John Rutter dedicated his “Gloria”), the Summer Sing Conference provides participating musicians an excellent, four-day, concentrated sacred music experience! Singers of all ability levels will find appropriate challenges within a positive and nurturing environment. Throughout the day, Summer Singers participate in concentrated rehearsals and worship times led by our accomplished and gifted guest faculty. Summer Sing offers time to grow within one’s faith in both individual and congregational settings on the incredible south-eastern shores of Lake Tahoe. As a finale, the experience culminates in a concert/worship service that celebrates the week’s learning to the glory of God. Summer Sing is part of the Zephyr Point Theology and the Arts Initiative.

Summer Sing registration is limited to 150. Early registration is essential. Although attendees will be housed in Tahoe Center, Tallac Center, or individual cabins, all meals will be served in the Tahoe Center.

Click here to see the Summer Sing Daily Schedule 2019.

Special Announcement

Zephyr Point is proud to announce that Summer Sing is now an affiliate conference of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM). As a benefit of this new relationship, members of PAM will receive a 5% discount on the registration fee for Summer Sing. When you register, simply call the Zephyr Point program coordinator (775-588-6759 x 107) to let us know you are a member so we can confirm your active membership and grant a discount. Not a member? Visit for information about the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and join today!

We are looking forward to the impact this new partnership will have in continuing an excellent conference impacting music and people across the nations.



Allan Petker – Dean, Third Conductor, & Worship Music Coordinator

Allan is a composer and arranger with over 250 published works in numerous catalogs. He also conducts the Santa Clarita Master Chorale (Los Angeles area), and Consort Chorale (San Francisco Bay area). He serves as Vice President of Publications for the Fred Bock Music Companies and is President of Pavane Publishing.

Dr. Shawna Stewart – Featured Clinician

Dr. Stewart is Director of Choral Studies at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. She conducts the Biola University Chorale and the Vocal Jazz ensemble. As associate professor, she also teaches the conducting classes, Choral Methods and Choral Literature.

Previously, she was an instructor of choral music at John Brown University and the Director of Choral Studies at North Dakota State College of Science. Dr. Stewart is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a Master of Music in Choral Conducting and the University of Southern California with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music, having studied under the tutelage of Dr. William Dehning.

Dr. Stewart has been active in church music ministry. In Los Angeles she has held short and long-term positions at several area churches including the Crystal Cathedral, Whittier area Community Church and Granada Heights Friends Church. With a secondary interest in music for children, she has been a franchise owner and teacher of Children’s Music Academy (CMA), a Denver-based school for early childhood music education. Currently, she owns and teaches at the Whittier-area branch.

Dr. Stewart frequently serves as an adjudicator and guest clinician for choral festivals, workshops and honor choirs throughout California, including ACDA, SCVA and ACSI. Under her direction, the Biola University Chorale has performed at the Western Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s Biennial National Conference. She is a member of ACDA, NAFME, NATS and SCVA and served six years on the board for the California chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Katharin Rundus – Second Conductor

Katharin, DMA, is a voice teacher, a singer and a choral conductor. For twenty-five years she was the Director of Vocal Studies at Fullerton College where she taught voice and oversaw the more than one hundred and fifty students studying voice either privately or in classes.  During her tenure, she conducted the Fullerton College Chamber Singers and the Women’s Chorale.  She now maintains a voice studio at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music of the California State University at Long Beach, where she also periodically teaches the vocal pedagogy class Vocal Development.

For more than twenty-five years, Katharin has presented workshops and clinics on voice building and voice training for teachers, choral conductors, and their students.  In response to participants’ requests for more information about her ideas and vocal exercises, Cantabile: A Manual About Beautiful Singing (Pavane Publishing) was developed and published in 2009.  A practical vocal pedagogy textbook, it is in a second edition and in use in colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.  Cantabile Voice Class (Pavane Publishing, 2015), a text for academic voice classes, and Choral Cantabile (Pavane Publishing, 2017) continue to provide practical and voice science information for voice teachers and choral conductors. She was a contributor to The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook (Meredith Music Publications) a “how-to” book for Voice Teachers published in 2018.

Adept at explaining complex scientific vocal concepts in an engaging and practical manner, Dr. Rundus is regularly invited as a guest lecturer in vocal pedagogy at universities, colleges, high schools and churches.  She has also been an invited clinician at many ADCA conferences, and has lectured about vocal pedagogy and voice science to the NATS-LA chapter.

Katharin performs as a recitalist, as well as a concert and chamber soloist in Southern California. She continues to cultivate her love of choral music singing as a professional chorister with the John Alexander Singers in Orange County, California.

Jennaya Robison – Clinician

Conductor, soprano, and teacher, Dr. Jennaya Robison, is Assistant Professor of Music at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, where she conducts Aurora and Cathedral choirs and teaches courses in conducting and applied voice.  She has conducted choirs at the University of Arizona, the University of New Mexico, and has taught in the public schools of Iowa and Minnesota.  As a soprano, she has sung as a soloist in oratorio and opera with organizations throughout the Southwest and Midwest. She has presented workshops and interest sessions on vocal pedagogy in the choral setting for state and regional ACDA, NATS, and MENC conferences.

Lois Nichols – Accompanist

Lois received her B.M. in Piano Performance from Wichita State University, and a M.M. in Piano Performance from Kansas State University. She is currently a Music Instructor at Simpson University in Redding, California teaching private piano lessons, piano classes, and piano pedagogy. She also directs the Simpson University Handbell Choir, and serves as accompanist for the Simpson Chorale, Trinity Repertory Singers, and Simpson’s vocal and instrumental students for class and recital. In addition, Lois has her own private studio of piano students, and does extensive accompanying for solo and ensemble recitals (both instrumental and vocal) in the community. Lois plays on the worship teams at Neighborhood Church and Redding Christian Fellowship, has played for auditions, rehearsals and performances of the Northstar Opera Repertory Theater, and has served as accompanist for a newly started concert series – Bel Canti Singers here in Redding. Most recently in March, Lois performed two pieces with the North State Symphony Chamber Group. Her passion is music literacy through education and performance. She and husband, Tim, have 3 sons, three daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren.

Charlene Noland – Accompanist

Charlene is a Colorado Springs native, currently serves as organist at Faith Presbyterian Church, is an accompanist for the choral and voice departments at Pikes Peak Community College, accompanies the community chorus Soli Deo Gloria and sings and plays with Abendmusik. She also is a presenter for KCME’s “Classics for Kids – Road Show,” a program that takes classical music into elementary classrooms. In Sacramento California, she was music director at Christ Community Church and taught voice from 1989 -2007. She is a proud alumna of the University of Northern Colorado.

2020 Program, Room and Board Rates

Room Style Rate
Tahoe/Tallac (single occupancy) $585
Tahoe/Tallac (double occupancy) $430
Cabin (double occupancy) $395
Commuter Rate $320
Non-participant $318

*Be sure to go to the forms tab to enter your singing part and how many years you have been attending and make a note of all dietary needs, mobility issues, and roommate requests during the registration process.

  • Includes Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch
  • NEWS ALERT: This year Zephyr Point will be offering first timers a 10% discount off their total registration rate. After registering online, please call Zephyr Point to receive the discount. 775-588-6759 ext. 107
  • Non-refundable/non-transferable deposit due with registration: $100 per adult
  • Registration and Balance due 14 days before program start date