Summer Sing

Summer Sing


2021 Cancelled

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 for information about the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and join today!



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 is an Assistant Professor of Music at Viterbo University where he conducts the Concert Choir, 9th Street Singers, and Rose Chorale. He also teaches conducting, choral methods, and serves as the Artistic Director for the annual A Viterbo Christmas concerts.

Dr. Robison has conducted choirs and orchestras of all ages and ability levels for the past twenty years. As a choral conductor, he also served on the faculties of Waldorf University and Upper Iowa University. As a public school music educator, he taught in Iowa, Minnesota, and Arizona where his ensembles consistently received superior ratings. Dr. Robison continues to be in demand as a clinician and festival conductor for choirs and orchestras around the country.

As a church musician, Dr. Robison has served congregations throughout the Midwest, New Mexico, and Arizona.  He currently serves as the Director of Music and Collaboration at Decorah United Church of Christ in Decorah, IA. He also co-founded the music nonprofit organization, Scottsdale Musical Arts and served as the Artistic and Executive director. He created and directed the youth symphony and adult orchestra programs.

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, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Arizona. Dr. Robison is also a student in the M.B.A. program at Viterbo University. His music education and conducting teachers and mentors include Bruce Chamberlain, Elizabeth Schauer, Bradley Ellingboe, Weston Noble, Timothy Peter, Donald Hamann, and Richard Nace. Brett Robison lives in Decorah, IA 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.

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 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.

Room and Board Rates

Room Style Rate
Tahoe/Tallac (single occupancy)
Tahoe/Tallac (double occupancy)
Cabin (double occupancy)
Commuter Rate

*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