The Zion Choir is a youth performing group of approximately 50 high school juniors and seniors from the greater San Jose area who meet at least weekly to study and memorize challenging sacred music which is presented at church firesides and activities. These youth are asked to prepare themselves musically and spiritually to invite the spirit whenever they perform.
Zion officially began in the fall of 1998 with founding director Christy Williams. In the early years, the choir was kept to 16 members with waiting lists more than twice the size of the choir. Over the years as the choir’s audience and reach have grown, it has also grown its membership. However, the choir’s primary objective has never wavered: to provide an opportunity for all in attendance to feel God’s spirit and receive personal revelation. Hopefully, that spirit will lift the discouraged, comfort the oppressed, challenge the complacent, and inspire those who yearn for a more meaningful life. Today, director Denise Erskine continues that mission, assisted by Jocelyn Goldberg.
The choir’s goals are as follows:
- To learn gospel principles and gain a testimony of their truthfulness through inspired sacred music; and help others feel the spirit, receive answers to prayers, be inspired to live better lives, and gain their own testimonies.
- To have a repertoire of sacred music that can be easily adapted to common gospel settings and used for regular church functions, including, but not limited to missionary conferences, firesides, youth conferences, ward or stake musical concerts, and other church events.
- To provide an opportunity for youth to receive training and experience in performing challenging music that will help them prepare and qualify for furthering their educational experience at college.
- To provide an opportunity for youth with similar interests and abilities to meet (without regard for stake or ward boundaries) and fellowship each other in a safe and constructive environment.