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Our Artistic Director

Our Director

Allan Robert Petker is a composer and arranger with more than 250 published works at numerous publishing houses. He maintains a rigorous commission schedule of compositions for choirs to large scale works with orchestra. His conducting books, "Choral Questions and Answers," as well as his musical literacy series, “Advance,” have become staples in school curriculum and for secondary resource material.

Allan has been involved in the choral music publishing industry for many years. He has worked for the Fred Bock Music Companies since 1977 and is currently the Vice President of Publications. In 1989 he established his own company, Pavane Publishing, which is known for its quality publications for church and school, as well as its textbooks and resource materials. He later added John Rich Music Press to his portfolio.

As a conductor, Allan is in constant demand to serve as a guest clinician or conductor for publishers, choral societies, church festivals, state honor choirs and colleges. He has twice been invited to England, and most recently to Seoul, Korea and Gap, France. In the summer of 1994 he formed the Consort Chorale, an ensemble of 45 select voices from the San Francisco Bay area, which maintains an on-going concert series. In 2004 he became the Conductor and Artistic Director for the Santa Clarita Master Chorale, an 80-voice auditioned choir in the Los Angeles area. The two chorales have combined for three concert tours to Eastern Europe and the Baltic region. Allan is currently Minister of Music at the First Presbyterian Church, San Pedro, California. Allan also remains active as an instrumentalist, primarily on the viola and violin, but also on mandolin and guitar.

Since 1989 Allan has been a clinician for two church music conferences at Lake Tahoe, “Summer Sing” and “Tuning @ Tahoe.” He assumed leadership following the passing of the founder, Mel Olsen, in 2002. The conferences have included some renowned guest conductors, including, Weston Noble, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Paul Smith, Brad Ellingboe, Frank Pooler, Charles Bruffy, David Dickau, Ariel Quintana, William Hatcher, Rosephanye Powell, Ken Medema and Jo Ann Miller.