"...she kept meeting people who wanted to get a transporting daily fix of singing with Tony and delve into the mysteries of Kristina's brilliant songs"
Summersong Music Camp began in 2000, created by Alison Pearl and inspired by Tony Backhouse and Kristina Olsen
Alison Pearl is a native New Yorker who has lived on her organic avocado farm in Mullumbimby for the past 29 years. She works in the music industry as a publicist for tours, festivals, and venues (including the Sydney Opera House), and promoted and produced (see the Ku chapter in Stuart Coupe's 2003 book The Promoters) for the last 20 years. She's recorded and conducted with choir Allegro Gone Troppo, authored The Good Gift Guide, taught Creative Writing and Writing Your Life workshops, is the President of the Byron Region Community Colege, and has been a registered international Minister of Fun since her induction into the Tribe by its founder in Rarotonga in 1992. She co-ordinates an annual Ecstatic Chant & Devotional Singing retreat with Deva Premal & Miten, in Mullumbimby NSW, and cocreates with the Byron Spirit Festival tribe.
As Alison was organising workshops and concerts for outstanding performers, composers, musicians, teachers and friends Tony and Kristina, she kept meeting people who wanted to delve into the mysteries of Kristina's brilliant songs and get a transporting daily fix of singing with Tony.
Tony had already been teaching at music retreats in New Zealand and developed a worldwide following for his special brand of choral action; Kristina had been a star teacher at music camps in the USA, Canada & UK for years. Alison is an American born city kid who spent her happiest childhood times at camp, so it was no big leap to vision a music camp based on these great teachers.
Founding Director: Alison Pearl
Event Assistant: Terri Rowe