Consort Chorale
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Annual Petker Ft. Bragg Winter Choral Retreat (“Mendo”)

2015 Petker Choral Workshop Retreat
Ft. Bragg March 6-9, 2015

This is our annual winter choral workshop with Allan Petker, sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Bragg, Rev. Dan Fowler, pastor. There are usually about 60 singers attending from numerous churches in Northern California. The all-day Saturday workshop is from 9-3:00 with a lunch provided at the church, and a wine & cheese reception after the workshop. The cost/person for this year’s workshop is $ 40 paid directly to the church. Most of the workshop singers sing at the church’s worship service on Sunday, performing the 3-5 anthems rehearsed at the workshop. A reception after the service is hosted by the church.

Download workshop registration flyer HERE
Also, please mail your registration and $40 workshop enrollment fee directly to the church.

Expanded Workshop Weekend Retreat

For the past 19 years a group of us (15-25) has expanded this workshop into a winter weekend retreat beginning the Friday before and ending the Monday after the workshop. Non-singing spouses and s/o’s are welcomed. Complete information can be found in the Retreat Flyer PDF.

Some of us carpool and meet for Friday lunch on the way up. For lodging we will stay in various rented luxury vacation homes, with one home being our headquarters, where we party and enjoy meals & good times together. After the church service on Sunday , many stay over until Monday .

Whale-watching, birding, hiking the beaches, bluffs and parks, shopping, and numerous community and arts events are often among favorite free-time activities---plus just “hangin' out”. 

Our projected lodging package costs are based on a per head (pillow) count depending on how many attend and the balance of couples to singles since most accommodations are for 2 people sharing a room and bed.

Whether you stay 2 nights or 3 (the 3rd night is free), figure on these projected costs:

1. $ 360. Couples ($180./person)

2. $ 210. Singles not sharing a room

3. $ 180. Singles sharing a room having 2 beds (if available)

There will be an exact amount before the balance is due over the deposit with a final accounting and any adjustments down/up at the end.

Besides the costs for the workshop itself and the lodging, group meal costs per person are $5 for  our group meal on Fri night and $10 for the group's Saturday night meal, both “we cook-it there” meals at our headquarters lodging.  Everyone is also asked to bring their own beverages as well as something that will be assigned to share at the Saturday night meal. 

Reply immediately if you plan to attend or not. I will be making substantial deposit reserves on vacation homes and need a head count asap. A $50 non-refundable deposit per person is due by Mon Feb 2, with the balance on/or before Mon Feb 23.  Make checks payable to “Bob Friestad” and please mail to me at PO Box 265, Kentfield, CA., 94914-0265. For now:

1. Please respond to me by email ASAP if you plan to attend.

2. If so, please also immediately enroll online at the church website or mail the attached registration form directly to the church with your $ 40. workshop enrollment fee. A head count is needed for them to order music so everyone has a packet. Some of you may have already done so having earlier received the registration form sent by the church.

Camp Director Bob
Bob Friestad; PO Box 265; Kentfield, CA., 94914-0265; 

Download retreat information .pdf HERE




Details coming soon.


ALLAN ROBERT PETKER, founder-director of Consort Chorale and a nationally acclaimed choral clinician and prolific composer, returns to lead his auditioned Bay Area singers in their nineteenth annual summer concert.


CONTACT: PO Box 265, Kentfield CA, 94914-0265; (415)456-1942
Bob Friestad -

INFORMATION: Directions to our concert location, First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo. HERE


MARCH 2013


Consort Chorale Recordings


Opus 17: Concert 2010

A newly discovered Vivaldi work, Dixit Dominus RV807, for soli, chorus, and instrumental ensemble is featured on this CD in what we believe is a West Coast Premiere Performance of this work. Spirituals and contemporary choral works by Brunner, Burchard, Forbes, Gibbs, Hogan, Memley, Morris, Petker, Powell, Stanford, and Tate are also included in this recorded concert.

Opus 13: Concert 2006

"Sing me a love song, sing me to heaven" was the program theme in our outstanding 2006 concert and recording presenting works by Adams, Gawthrop, Halloran, Mozart's Missa Brevis in F, KV 192, Petker, Quintana, Rautavaara and Whitacre.


Opus 12: Concert 2005

This splendid CD recording of our excellent 2005 concert is still available with selections ranging from Victoria to spirituals, three settings of "O Magnum Mysterium," and Mozart's Missa Solemnis in C, KV 337.


Opus 11: Concert 2004

This spectacular recording of our 2004 concert showcases both pipe organs at First Presbyterian Church (San Anselmo, CA) in a performance of  Vierne's Messe Solennelle for 2 Organs & Chorus. Handel's Utrecht Jubilate with orchestra is also featured as well as works by Brahms, Hindemuth, Saint-Saens and others.

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Cost of CD's is $15 each ($17.75 if mailed). This is a fund raiser for Consort Chorale after the direct costs and royalties are paid.

Orders can be made anytime by email to: or by phone message at 415-568-0550.

Please make checks payable to “Consort Chorale" or pay by cash when you pick it up.

Consort CD cover 2010
Consort Chorale CD opus 13

Consort Chorale CD opus 12

Consort Chorale CD opus 11

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