Voters Approve Music Outreach Programs


On June 23rd, voting members of Zion unanimously approved two new programs that might be of interest to musicians in El Paso. The first builds on the wonderful experiences that instrumentalists have had in the past, coming together as middle school, high school, college age, and out-of-school adults to play their band and orchestral instruments during four special worship services. “Stay tuned” for opportunities this winter to “band together” for a musical extravaganza on Sundays in the Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, and Pentecost seasons.

Also this coming school year, funded by generous gifts to Zion from the Eleanor Braden and Ruth Betzel estates, are the new Betzel-Braden Sacred Choral Music Internships. Music Majors in El Paso will be eligible to apply for paid internships under Zion’s amazing music director, David Garcia, that enable them to supplement their college or university music studies with real world, sacred music experience with the Zion choir. During the choral off season, opportunity will be provided to delve into sacred solo repertoire that has withstood the test of time. More details will be posted about these internships and the application process.

Many thanks to all the musicians at Zion: vocalists, handbell ringers, and instrumentalists that with the leadership of David Garcia and Jill Weyer  bless our times of worship!

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