Tuning @ Tahoe

Tuning @ Tahoe

Registration for 2020 will open in January!

July 26 – 31, 2020

Click here to see: TT Schedule 2020

As part of Zephyr Point’s dedication to provide professional training programs within various fields of ministry, Tuning @ Tahoe is a conference for traditional church choral professionals from all denominations and church sizes. Through seminars, classes and workshops we focus on conducting skills, vocal pedagogy, worship design, rehearsal techniques and 10 reading sessions featuring more than 20 publishers. Sponsoring publishers include ECS, Oxford, Hal Leonard, Hope, Beckenhorst, Hinshaw, Fred Bock, Gentry, Kjos, Pavane, Augsburg, Morningstar and more! You will be spiritually and musically rejuvenated while selecting music to cover the entirety of next year!

Special Announcement

Zephyr Point is proud to announce that Tuning @ Tahoe 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 Tuning @ Tahoe. 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.

Reading sessions supported by J.W. Pepper, 6735 Sierra Ct. Suite E, Dublin, CA 94568, Phone: (925) 828-4227

Dean and Conductor: Allan Petker

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

Featured Conductor: Andre Thomas

Dr. André J. Thomas, Owen F. Sellers, Professor of Music, is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. He previously served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Thomas received the baccalaureate degree in Music Education from Friends University, the Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois.

He is frequently in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician and director of Honor Choirs and All‑State Choirs throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. He has conducted choirs at the state, division and national conventions of Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He has served as a conductor and clinician for the International Federation of Choral Musicians. In 1998, Dr. Thomas conducted the World Youth Choir in the Republic of China and the Philippines, and returned in 1999–2000 to conduct the winter residency of the World Youth Choir in Europe. In 1999, he and the Florida State University Singers performed in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, at the invitation of the Vietnamese government.

Besides his extensive conducting credits, he has distinguished himself as a composer/arranger. His compositions and arrangements are published by Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Mark Foster Music Company, Fitzsimmon Music Company, Lawson–Gould, earthsongs, Laurel Press, and Choristers Guild.

Dr. Thomas conducts several choral ensembles at the Florida State campus and teaches choral conducting. In November 1995, the Florida chapter of the ACDA presented Dr. Thomas with the prestigious Wayne Hugobloom Distinguished Service Award for his Dedicated Service, Leadership and Consistent Example of Excellence to his Profession—The Choral Art. On January 13, 1996, Florida State University honored Dr. Thomas with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding scholarly excellence and strong commitment to Dr. King’s ideals. In addition to the Martin Luther King award, Florida State University has awarded Dr. Thomas the University Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 1993 to 1995, he served as President of the Florida American Choral Directors Association. He is currently President of the Southern Division of ACDA.

Voice: Katharin Rundus

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.

Conducting Basics: Janet Vrudny

Janet Vrudny graduated from Cal State Northridge with a B.M. degree in Piano Performance, and an M.M. degree in Choral Conducting.  She currently teaches the high school and junior high choirs at Highland Hall Waldorf School and is the Choir Director at the First Presbyterian Church of Encino.  She looks forward to the restorative and inspiring week with the staff and conferees of Tuning @Tahoe!

Accompanist: Charlene Noland

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.


Toby Nelson – Worship Pastor

Toby Nelson began his work as the Disaster Pastor when he was about a thousand feet away from the World Trade Center on 9/11. Toby is a chaplain to a federal disaster group that responds to high-risk medical events. He was in the Super Dome during the Katrina Hurricane and in Haiti the day after the earthquake.  He has helped set up orphanages in South Sudan, Zimbabwe and South Africa.Nelson is a Presbyterian pastor and is serving at Trinity Church in Oroville, California.  He is active as a Chaplain for police departments. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s and Doctoral degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Nelson’s wrote a popular book, Disaster Pastor, that has dramatic stories of his high-risk work around the world. Toby has been married to Judy for 50 years and they have one son, Erik.


 August 1 -6, 2121 
Headliner – Ann Howard Jones


2020 Room and Board Rates

Room Style Rate
Double Occupancy $655
Single Occupancy $890
Commuter $490
Non-Participant/Spouse Rate $435

  • Includes Sunday dinner through Friday breakfast
  • Non-refundable/non-transferable deposit due with registration: $100 per adult
  • Registration and Balance due 14 days before event start date