Tuning @ Tahoe
July 26 – 31, 2020 Cancelled. 2021 Dates and registration TBD
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!
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
Featured Clinician: André Thomas
André J. Thomas, the recently retired Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. A previous faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Thomas received his degrees from Friends University (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and The University of Illinois (D.M.A). He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Africa.
Dr. Thomas has conducted choirs at the state, division, and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (NAfME) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits are extensive. They include conductor/clinician for the International Federation of Choral Musicians’ summer residency of the World Youth Choir in the The Republic of China and the Philippines. He was also the conductor of the winter residency of the World Youth Choir in Europe and a premier performance by an American choir (Florida State University Singers) in Vietnam.
He has been the guest conductor of such distinguished orchestras and choirs as the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England, guest Conductor for the Berlin Radio Choir and the North German Radio Choir in Germany, the Netherlands Radio Choir, The Bulgarian Radio Choir and Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, China’s People’s Liberation Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Since 1988, he has also served as Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus.
Thomas has also distinguished himself as a composer/arranger. Hinshaw Music Company, Mark Foster Music Company, Fitzsimons Music Company, Lawson Gould, Earthsongs, Choristers Guild, and Heritage Music Company publishes his compositions and arrangements.
Dr. Thomas has produced two instructional videos “What They See Is What You Get” on choral conducting, with Rodney Eichenberger, and “Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice” on adolescent voices, with Anton Armstrong. His recent book “Way Over in Beulah Lan’. Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual” has quickly become a significant source in this area of study.
Various musical organizations have recognized Thomas. The African Diaspora Sacred Music honored Dr. Thomas as a Living Legend. In 2011, Thomas’ dedication to and accomplishments in the choral arts was recognized by his peers in Chorus America when the organization presented Dr. Thomas with its Distinguished Service Award. In March of 2017, ACDA presented Thomas with its highest honor the Robert Shaw Award, and in November of 2017 NCCO (National Collegiate Choral Organization presented Thomas with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In January 2019, he was inducted into the Florida Music Educator’s Hall of Fame.
He is a past president of the Florida ACDA and the past president of the Southern Division of ACDA, and the current Vice President of National ACDA and the artistic Chairman of the 2021 National Convention.
Thomas has been appointed as Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting and Interim Conductor of the Yale Camerata in the 2020-2021 academic year.
Voice: Katharin Rundus
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.
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.
Worship Pastor: Toby Nelson
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’s 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.
August 1-6, 2021
Headliner – Ann Howard Jones
2020 Room and Board Rates
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 113) 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!
Reading sessions supported by J.W. Pepper, 6735 Sierra Ct. Suite E, Dublin, CA 94568, Phone: (925) 828-4227