Zion Choir is a performing group of high-school-age youth from the South Bay area who aim to uplift and inspire through music. They meet weekly in order to prepare themselves musically and spiritually, and hope to invite the spirit whenever they perform. Choir members commit themselves to learn challenging sacred music which they perform at firesides, youth conferences, and various other cultural and community events.
Zion Choir was founded in 1998 by Christy Williams, who directed the choir for thirteen years. Other directors have taken the baton in the ensuing years. However, the choir’s primary objective remains the same: to provide an opportunity for all participants and audiences to feel God’s Spirit and love. Hopefully, that spirit will lift the discouraged, comfort the oppressed, challenge the complacent, and inspire those who yearn for a more meaningful life.
To continue that mission, the choir welcomes its new director: Debi Richards, who holds an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington and a B.M. in Music Education from Brigham Young University. She has conducted college, high school, middle school, elementary, community, and church choirs in WA, UT, and NY and is passionate about using music to inspire, uplift, and improve the quality of life of both ensemble and audience members. Debi has been conducting with Zion Choir since 2019 and loves working with youth to share the Light of Christ through music. She currently lives in the greater San Jose area with her husband, Scott, and four young children. She is assisted by Jocelyn Goldberg.
The choir’s goals are:
- 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.