Tuning @ Tahoe

Tuning @ Tahoe

Registration for 2020 will open in January!

July 26 – 31, 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


 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.

Voice Conductor: Dr. Karen Miskell

Dr. Karen Miskell is the Director of Choral and Vocal Music at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California. She holds degrees from the University of Southern California (DMA, 2018), Northern Arizona University (MM, 2013), and the University of Miami (BM, 2005). In between her BM and MM degrees, Dr. Miskell taught secondary choral music in the public schools of Las Vegas, Nevada in the Clark County School District. Dr. Miskell sang with the esteemed USC Thornton Chamber Singers while completing her DMA coursework, performing at conferences such as the 2014 World Choral Symposium and with renowned artists such as Sir Elton John. Additionally, She taught adjunct voice through the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles and at Irvine Valley College. Dr. Miskell also served for two and a half years as the soprano soloist, praise band pianist, and assistant conductor at First Presbyterian Church of San Pedro under the direction of Allan Robert Petker. Currently, Dr. Miskell teaches vocal music and conducts the choirs and orchestras at VVC. She continues to actively serve as a choral clinician, adjudicator, and educator throughout the western US.

Conducting Basics and Worship Music: 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 at Tahoe!



Worship Pastor: Rev. Dr. Clayton Cobb

Clayton was a pastor in the PC (USA) for 33 years, the last 17 years, he served as pastor and Head of Staff for St. Peter’s by the Sea Presbyterian Church, in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.  In 2011 he began work with the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church as a Regional Church Consultant serving churches in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Southern California and Hawaii.

He holds a bachelor’s from the University of California, Los Angeles; Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary; and Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is married to Jeannie, who currently is serving as Director of Music at St Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates, CA.  Together they have four grown children and four grandchildren.

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.


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