Tuning @ Tahoe
Dates: July 31-August 5, 2022
Registration for Summer 2022 is now open!!
Two Ways to Participate in 2022:
Get the full experience of Tuning @ Tahoe by joining us in person at Zephyr Point.
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. By joining us in person, you will not only get to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Tahoe Basin, but will have the opportunity to build relationships and network with fellow church choral professionals.
Can’t make it to Tahoe this summer? At this year’s gathering, there will be limited hybrid offerings available for Tuning @ Tahoe participants.
While you will not get the full experience of the in-person conference, you will have the chance to tune into four special guest sessions featuring the following renowned choral professionals: Dan Forrest, Melissa Dunphy, Brad Ellingboe, and Maria A. Ellis. (Registration is still required for virtual participation)
Room and Board Rates
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Includes Program Fees and Room/Board (in-person only)
- 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
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
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.
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.
Dan Forrest has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music….that is truly magical” (NY Concert Review), with works hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice), and “superb writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). His music has sold millions of copies, has received numerous awards and distinctions, and has become well established in the repertoire of choirs around the world via festivals, recordings, radio/TV broadcasts, and premieres in prominent international venues. Dan holds a doctorate in composition and a master’s degree in piano performance, and served for several years as a professor and department head (music theory and composition) in higher education. He currently serves as Editor at Beckenhorst Press, Chair of the American Choral Director’s Association Composition Initiatives Committee, and Artist-In-Residence at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church (Greenville, SC). Details about Dan and his work can be found at www.danforrest.com.
Melissa Dunphy is a composer who specializes in political, vocal, and theatrical music. She first came to national attention when her large-scale work the Gonzales Cantata was featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, National Review, Fox News, and on The Rachel Maddow Show, and was staged by American Opera Theater in a sold-out run. Other notable works include the song cycle “Tesla’s Pigeon,” which won first place in the NATS Art Song Composition Award, and choral work “What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?” which won the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Competition and has been performed around the country by ensembles including Chanticleer and Cantus. Dunphy has been composer-in-residence for the Immaculata Symphony Orchestra, Volti, and the St. Louis Chamber Chorus. She also composes frequently for theater and is Director of Music Composition for the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference. Dunphy has a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.M. from West Chester University.
Maria A. Ellis is a Music Educator, Choral Conductor, with over 20 years of choral music experience, and has been called a Master Educator and a Force of Nature by Dr. Jim Henry, University of Missouri- St. Louis. She holds a B.M. in Music Education emphasis on Voice (K-12 Certified) Degree from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. She has served as the Arts and Administrative Fellow for The St. Louis Symphony and currently serves as the Community Engagement Manager for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs. She is the the Founding Conductor of The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries’ newly formed City of Music All-Star Chorus.
Brad Ellingboe is well known as a composer and arranger of choral music, with over 160 pieces in print. His “Requiem” for chorus and orchestra has been heard in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and in Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest. “Star Song” for chorus, tenor solo and orchestra was premiered in Lincoln Center and Great Britain in 2014. He has won annual awards in composition from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) since 2000. In 2019, he published A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting with the Neil A. Kjos Music Company. Ellingboe is editor of Choral Literature for Sundays and Seasons (Augsburg Fortress Press, 2004), a compendium of sacred choral music. He is also well known as an expert on the vocal music of Scandinavia, and particularly the songs of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843–1907). His editions of Grieg’s songs, 45 Songs of Edvard Grieg (1988) and A Grieg Song Anthology (1990) are both published by Leyerle Publications. For his work on making the music of Norway better known among English-speaking singers, Ellingboe was awarded the Medal of St. Olav by His Majesty, King Harald of Norway, in 1994.
We encourage participants who are flying to the conference to arrive at Reno-Tahoe International Airport and to arrange shuttle transportation with the South Tahoe Airporter. Itineraries can be sent to email@example.com.
Zephyr Point is proud to announce that Tuning @ Tahoe is 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!
Reading sessions supported by J.W. Pepper, 6735 Sierra Ct. Suite E, Dublin, CA 94568, Phone: (925) 828-4227
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 open all of our programs for Summer 2022. 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.
By registering for a Zephyr Point Summer program, you agree to follow the policies and procedures outlined in our Summer 2022 Program Safety Plan (v3). Please be sure to review the policies for the program you will be participating in BEFORE registering. All of the policies in this plan are 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)
Of course, these guidelines are subject to change as the pandemic shifts, so please plan to check back for revisions of this safety plan between now and the week prior to your scheduled program (the date at the top of the document will indicate the last revision). Any major policy changes will be sent directly to registrants.