Registration will open January 2018
July 26 – July 29, 2018
As part of the Zephyr Point Theology and the Arts Initiative, the Summer Sing Conference provides participating musicians an excellent, four-day, concentrated musical 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 lead by our accomplished and gifted guest faculty in order to grow within their personal level and discover the richness of bringing glory to God through music. Together with this, Summer Sing offers time to grow within one’s faith in both solo and corporate 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.
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 http://www.presbymusic.org 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.
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.
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.
Brandon A. Boyd – Featured Clinician
Brandon A. Boyd is an active composer/arranger, clinician, conductor, pianist, and teacher. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Choral Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. He earned a M.M. in choral conducting from Florida State and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Piano Performance from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. His choral works are published with Hinshaw Music and GIA Publications. He is also a proud member of the American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM), American Guild of Organists (AGO), and Chorus America
Dr. Jennaya Robinson – Second Conductor
Dr. Jennaya Robison, is in demand as a conductor, clinician, and soprano throughout the United States. She currently is an Assistant Professor of Music at Luther College where she conducts Aurora and Collegiate Chorale and teaches courses in conducting and vocal pedagogy. Prior to teaching at Luther College, she was the Artistic Director of Scottsdale Musical Arts, a multi-generational organization comprised of a professional orchestra and choir as well as children’s choirs and youth orchestras.
She has held faculty and teaching positions at the University of Arizona, Luther College, and the University of New Mexico. She has conducted orchestras at the University of Arizona, Luther College, and as well as community orchestras in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. As a public-school educator, she has taught in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
As a soprano, has sung as a soloist with the Grammy award winning True Concord, Tucson Symphony, Arizona Opera, Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Scottsdale Symphony, St. Andrews Bach Society, Phoenix Youth Symphony, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, Rochester Choral Arts, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque. As a chorister, she has sung as a member of the Arizona Choir under the direction of Bruce Chamberlain, Las Cantantes under the direction of Bradley Ellingboe, the Dale Warland Singers in Minneapolis, Minnesota under the direction of Dale Warland, and in the Nordic Choir of Luther College under the direction of Weston Noble.
Her primary area of research is in the field of vocal health within the choral ensemble. She has presented lectures and workshops on vocal health in the choral setting at regional and state ACDA conferences and state NATS conferences. She has been an invited conductor and clinician at numerous festivals including All State Choirs in Wisconsin and North Dakota, Wisconsin Middle Level Honors Choirs, Texas Collegiate Women’s Honor Choir, Montreat Music Conference Festival Choir and various regional and state honor choirs in Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Dr. Robison holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona, the Master of Music in conducting and voice from the University of New Mexico, and the Bachelor of Arts in music from Luther College. She is currently the coordinator of Collegiate Repertoire and Standards and director of Student Activities for the North Central chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Rev. Beth Merrill Neel – Worship Pastor
The Reverend Beth Merrill Neel serves as Co-Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon. Ordained in 1993, she has served Presbyterian congregations in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Oregon, ranging in size from 36 to 1500 members. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in Art History, and San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the David Esler Award in Homiletics.
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 University of Northern Colorado.
Room and Board
|Tahoe/Tallac (single occupancy)||$560|
|Tahoe/Tallac (double occupancy)||$410|
|Cabin (double occupancy)||$372|
- Includes Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch
- NEWS ALERT: This year Zephyr Point will be offering both first timers and those who bring a new friend 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
- To Register click on the “Register Now” button at the top of the page. *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.
- Registration and Balance due 14 days before event start date