We are blessed to have many musically-gifted members. We have an outstanding choir that provides anthems and other musical offerings during our Sunday morning worship services and other special services. Zion’s young voices choir provides the anthems during occasional regular and special services. We are also privileged to claim quite a few gifted accompanists and instrumentalists who share their time and talents regularly. One of the musical highlights each year is Zion’s annual Christmas Eve program when Zion’s choir, youth and instrumentalists come together to provide a very meaningful service of worship and celebration on the eve of Christ’s birth.
During the summer months of June, July and August, individual choir members and youth, as well as outside guests, donate their time and talent to our worship services by providing the special music. The music department is very active and continually strives to include and promote every adult, youth or child who wants to share their musical talents.
Rebekah Biller is our accompanist, and she replaced Diane Mickley who had served as organist for over 40 years. Rebekah comes from a non-denominational background, and has a varied music style that lends itself to contemporary as well as classical pieces. She lives in the Dillsburg area, and we are blessed to have found her. She joined us in the fall of 2014 and serves as accompanist for our choir as well as providing the hymnody and response accompaniment on the organ.
Our choir has about 25 year round members and about 35 for the Christmas season. Zion is extremely thankful to have Sharon Cooley as our Choir Director. Sharon’s love of music is as apparent today as it was when she first started playing piano at the age of 6. She graduated from York College with a BA in Music. Following college, Sharon opened her own music studio in the Biglerville area, where she now teaches piano, voice, and organ to approximately 60 students each week. Sharon has also served as organist and/or choir director at two other churches over the past 30 years. Sharon still enjoys accompanying and performing professionally. In her spare time, Sharon organizes an annual trip for her students and families to attend a Broadway show, organizes adult group tours, substitute teaches at the Upper Adams School District, substitutes as a church organist, and sings with her talented husband, Kevin.
Each Sunday, our youngest members spend time during Sunday School learning new songs. We feel it is important to raise up a new generation of church musicians. The children sing during worship each month on Casual Sunday, which is youth-led worship. We are also blessed to have talented young accompanists.