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Summer Sing

Summer Sing

Dates: Stay tuned for 2023 Summer Sing offerings!

Registration for Summer 2023 Opens January 3rd!

32 years ago Summer Sing was 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.

Special Announcement

Zephyr Point is proud to announce that Summer Sing is now an affiliate conference of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM). Visit http://www.presbymusic.org for information about the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and join today!


2022 Faculty

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.

Jennaya Robison – Featured Clinician

Dr. Jennaya Robison, is in demand as a conductor, clinician, and soprano throughout the United States.  She currently serves as Associate Professor of Music at Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) where she conducts Aurora, Collegiate Chorale, and the Luther College Gospel Choir and teaches courses in conducting and vocal pedagogy. She has also served as part of the conducting faculty for the summer Master of Music program in choral conducting at Simpson College in partnership with CORO. Prior to moving to Iowa, 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 taught in public schools in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. She is also active as a church musician and serves as Director of Music at First Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa.

Dr. Robison has presented lectures and workshops at national, regional, and state ACDA conferences and state NATS conferences. Under her leadership, choirs have been invited to participate at state and regional ACDA conferences. She has been an invited conductor and clinician at numerous festivals including All State Choirs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, Wisconsin Middle Level Honors Choirs, Alabama Collegiate Honor Choirs, Texas Collegiate Women’s Honor Choir, Montreat Music Conference Festival Choir (North Carolina)  and various regional and state honor choirs in Alabama, Colorado, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. She will serve as guest conductor of the Consort Chorale, Bay Area, California in 2020 and make her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in the summer of 2021.

She 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 has held various state and regional leadership roles for the American Choral Directors Association. Her choral series is published with Pavane Music and additional arrangements and compositions are published by Kjos Music and Morningstar Music.

She resides in Decorah, Iowa with her husband Brett and three children, Elise, Grace, and Benjamin.

Brett Robison – Featured Clinician

Dr. Brett Robison has conducted choirs and orchestras for the past twenty-five years. Most recently, Dr. Robison served as the assistant professor of music and director of choirs at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. At Viterbo University, Dr. Robison conducted the Concert Choir, 9th Street Singers, and Rose Chorale. He also taught conducting, choral methods, voice lessons, and served as the Artistic Director for the annual “A Viterbo Christmas” concerts. Dr. Robison also served on the faculties of Waldorf University and Upper Iowa University. As a public school music educator for almost ten years, he taught in Iowa, Minnesota, and Arizona. He has also taught general music and choral music to grades K-12.  Dr. Robison continues to be in demand as a clinician and festival conductor for choirs and orchestras throughout the country.

Dr. Robison is the new executive director of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra and has a passion for nonprofit leadership in the arts. Dr. Robison founded the music nonprofit organization, Scottsdale Musical Arts and served as the artistic and executive director. He also directed the youth symphony and adult orchestra programs while also serving as the assistant director of the children’s choirs and professional adult choir, Scottsdale Choral Artists. As a church musician, Dr. Robison has served congregations throughout the Midwest and Southwest as choir director and music director. He is currently the choir director at Trinity Lutheran in Mission, KS.

Dr. Robison’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in music from Luther College, a Master of Music in conducting from the University of New Mexico, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Arizona.  His teachers and mentors include Bruce Chamberlain, Elizabeth Schauer, Bradley Ellingboe, Weston Noble, Timothy Peter, Donald Hamann, and Richard Nace. Dr. Robison lives in Overland Park, KS with his wife, Jennaya, and his three children, Elise, Grace and Benjamin.

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.

Summer 2022 Rates

Rates include program fee and room/board.

Room Style 2023 Rate
Double Occupancy Room TBD
Single Occupancy Room TBD
Commuter TBD
Non-participant/Spouse TBD

Includes Program Fees and Room/Board

*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
  • Questions please call the Program office at 775-588-6759 ext. 113
  • Non-refundable/non-transferable deposit due with registration: $100 per adult
  • Registration and Balance due 14 days before the program start date 

COVID-19 Safety Policies and Protocols

Here at Zephyr Point, the health and safety of our guests is always our first priority. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are committed to crafting inclusive policies that will allow us to run all of our programs. This requires creativity, logistical effort, and commitment on behalf of both Zephyr Point staff and program participants alike, and we thank you in advance for your commitment to keeping our community safe.

We will soon release our Winter 2023 policies. Please check back to this site for the updated safety plan.  All of the policies in this plan will be based on recommendations and directives from the following agencies and organizations:

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • State of Nevada Declarations and Guidance
  • Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services
  • American Camping Association (ACA)