Registration is now open!
July 25 – July 28, 2019
Summer Sing celebrates 30 years! 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.
Click here to see the 2019 Summer Sing Schedule.
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.
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.
Dr. Shawna Stewart – Featured Clinician
Dr. Stewart is Director of Choral Studies at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. She conducts the Biola University Chorale and the Vocal Jazz ensemble. As associate professor, she also teaches the conducting classes, Choral Methods and Choral Literature.
Previously, she was an instructor of choral music at John Brown University and the Director of Choral Studies at North Dakota State College of Science. Dr. Stewart is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a Master of Music in Choral Conducting and the University of Southern California with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music, having studied under the tutelage of Dr. William Dehning.
Dr. Stewart has been active in church music ministry. In Los Angeles she has held short and long-term positions at several area churches including the Crystal Cathedral, Whittier area Community Church and Granada Heights Friends Church. With a secondary interest in music for children, she has been a franchise owner and teacher of Children’s Music Academy (CMA), a Denver-based school for early childhood music education. Currently, she owns and teaches at the Whittier-area branch.
Dr. Stewart frequently serves as an adjudicator and guest clinician for choral festivals, workshops and honor choirs throughout California, including ACDA, SCVA and ACSI. Under her direction, the Biola University Chorale has performed at the Western Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s Biennial National Conference. She is a member of ACDA, NAFME, NATS and SCVA and served six years on the board for the California chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Katharin Rundus – Second Conductor
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.
Rev. Steven Wirth – Worship Pastor
Steve retired in 2017 after 40 years in ministry. He served three churches and ended his career with 4 1/2 years serving with the Presbyterian Foundation. In retirement he enjoys golf, gardening and small projects around the house. Mostly he enjoys son, Alex, daughter-in-law, Megan, and three-year old Clarus. Steve and Kathi have been married 37 years.
Rev. Alex Wirth – Worship Pastor
Growing up the son of a pastor and a church musician greatly increases the chances that you will also become a pastor. Either that or you will join a motorcycle gang. After some twists and turns considering careers in marine biology and punk rock, Alex heard a clear call to ministry while serving as a PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer in Northern Ireland. In the two for one deal of the century, Alex received a Master of Divinity and met his wife Megan at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. Alex is a writer and Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church. Alex loves having impromptu dance parties to Otis Redding with his 3 year old daughter Clarus. Alex types all of his prayers and sermons on an old manual typewriter even though he has almost no memory of a time before the internet. That should tell you a lot about him.
Rev. Megan Cochran – Worship Pastor
Rev. Megan Cochran comes from the land of hotdish and snow piles much taller than her commonly known as Minnesota. After graduating from Macalester College with a joint degree in Psychology and Religious Studies, she spent a year in Cameroon, Africa doing counseling with people living with HIV/AIDS. When she returned from Cameroon, she begin the Master of Divinity program at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.
After graduating from seminary, Megan was ordained and installed as the Associate Pastor at Lake View Presbyterian Church in Chicago. She also taught art to preschoolers at Third Space, a community center started by Lake View Presbyterian Church and co-founded Creation Lab (an arts incubator where art and faith intersect). Now she has what she calls, “The best job in the world!” as Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Point Loma, San Diego. Westminster, this incredible place where art, faith, and nature meet is a unique spot where people come to breathe in the love of God so that we can breathe it back out into the world.
Social justice, creativity, finding God in the midst of this wild world, and building community are a few of Megan’s deepest passions. When Megan isn’t dreaming up artistic new ways to be the church she is spending time with her curious daughter, Clarus and her wise husband, Alex (who also happens to be a pastor). Some of their family hobbies are reading books, having dance parties and exploring the world together.
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.
2019 Program, Room and Board Rates
|Tahoe/Tallac (single occupancy)||$585|
|Tahoe/Tallac (double occupancy)||$430|
|Cabin (double occupancy)||$395|
*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
- NEWS ALERT: This year Zephyr Point will be offering first timers 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
- Registration and Balance due 14 days before program start date