“Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord” Psalm 100

Choir is good for your brain and for your sole!

Our Organist - David Chamberlin

David is all about pipe organs: he builds them, plays them, and writes music for them.

Since 1985, he has been employed full time at M. L. Bigelow & Company, Inc., Organ Builders, of American Fork, where he serves as vice-president and tonal director. His responsibilities include mechanical design, as well as tonal design and finishing.

He also freelances as a pipe organ tuner/technician.  Since 1987, he has been the organist of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City. In addition to playing the organ, he regularly composes psalm settings for congregational use. In 1995 Zion's congregation commissioned him to compose a new liturgical setting – "Lord, We Come to Your Table" – which is now in regular use.

David has appeared in recital in the United States and Germany, including the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and Freiberg Cathedral (historic G. Silbermann organs). He has occasionally performed his own compositions on organs that he has helped design and build.

In 2003, he founded Chamberlin Music Enterprises and began publishing LDS Hymn Voluntaries, bearing the slogan: "An organ piece for every hymn in the book." About 100 of the 326 planned pieces have been published to date.

Our Children's Choir Director - Susan Swidnicki

Susan believes that music should be an active and joyful experience!
Susan Swidnicki is principal oboist of the Ballet West Orchestra and is an active freelance player and teacher in the Salt Lake City area.  She holds a master’s degree in oboe from St. Louis Conservatory of Music where she studied with Peter Bowman and a bachelor’s degree in oboe performance from the University of Utah where she was a student of Robert Stephenson.
Ms. Susan loves teaching the children music and is fully trained in the Orff-Schulwerk approach, which believes "that music and movement – to speak, sing and play; to listen and understand; to move and create – should be an active and joyful experience. "
While the tireless children's director at Zion, Ms. Susan is currently the music specialist for Rowland Hall School, Utah and Music teacher for Let Me Shine Preschool.

Our Chancel Choir Director - Dianne Krehbiel

Dianne is passionate about teaching music because it empowers children in a way that other subjects don't.
Music teacher for Oakridge Elementary, Utah and recepient of the Huntsman Award for Outstanding Educator in 2008. Dianne first fell in love with music in college before discovering an interest in teaching when she turned to studying music therapy. Once she worked with children, however, she was hooked. "They always bring a new vision to things," Krehbiel said. "I'm passionate about teaching music because it empowers children in a way that other subjects don't. It allows children to expand at the level of the heart, something we often overlook." Krehbiel remembers how, after the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry into the atmosphere over Texas, she channeled her students' sadness through a song they performed as an ensemble. "After they finished playing there was a hush in the room," she remembers. "They knew they'd created something beautiful. It's moments like those that make teaching memorable.

Youth Praise Band – ZY Jam

ZY Jam is a great way for our young people to expand their musical talent and practice their worship leading skills.

The Youth Praise Band at ZELC is made up of dedicated Junior and Senior high school students who like to get together to play music, praise god and have fun. ZY Jam performs several times at Zion throughout the school year.The band consists of usual worship band instruments (i.e., guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, singers, etc.) but is open to any instruments that could be used for worship leadership.      They are always looking for other talented young people to join and lead with them.  If you play an instrument or enjoy singing praise to God and would like to be a part of this exciting group contact Susan Swidnicki  at , or Zion church office at 801-582-2321.

ZELC Children’s Choirs

Children's Choir is a regular part of Sunday School at ZELC

The ZELC Children’s Choirs use singing, movement, drums, xylophones, improvisation and speech to praise and serve God. All preschool and elementary age children have choir as part of their regular Sunday School class time. Meet downstairs in the children’s choir room. Questions or to volunteer as a choir parent (i.e. pick up the donuts!) contact Susan Swidnicki at

Choirs and Schedule

Joyful NOIZ:  8:30 – 9:15 am, Orff Percussion Ensemble for Junior High and High School Students.  This is an all‐volunteer group who learn challenging music. We play for worship about once a month‐ no previous experience necessary‐ we’ll teach you everything you need to know!   

Cherub Choir:  9:45 – 10:00 am, Two, three and four-year olds 

Children’s Choir:  9:15 – 9:45 am, Kindergarten through 3rd grade 

Youth Choir: 10:00 –  10:30, 4th through 6th grade

All Children of all abilities are invited and encouraged to join us.  No previous experience is necessary- Just bring an open heart, mind and ear. Choir for the Children of Zion Lutheran Church means: 

  • Praising, worshipping and learning of God’s love through music.
  • Singing
  • Movement
  • Rhythmic speech, poems and stories
  • Improvisation and Exploration
  • Percussion instruments (we use beautiful xylophones, metallophones, drums, glockenspiels and recorder)
  • Learning to work together in an ensemble
  • An opportunity to be fully involved in the worship life and community of Zion Lutheran Church
  • Lots of fun!

Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir: 9:15 - 10:15 am in the sanctuary

The Chancel Choir provides worship music during the school year at the 10:30 a.m. service, special music at Easter and Christmas, and occasional music at funerals and other events. The group's practice each Sunday at 9:15 includes discussion of how each Sunday's hymns and anthems support the themes and Bible verses designated for that day. All singers are welcome to join this very fun and supportive small group.

The Pipe Organ

Along with its central role in worship, our organ also serves as a community resource.

Zion’s pipe organ was built in 1980 by W. Zimmer & Sons of Charlotte, North Carolina.  It contains 19 “speaking” stops – distinct sounds – distributed over two manuals and pedal, for a total of 1,403 pipes.  It is a “tracker organ,” meaning that the mechanism linking keys to pipe valves is purely mechanical.  In that respect, as well as in its sound concept, it is designed to resemble organs of the baroque period – the time of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Vacation Bible School - Music Camp

 VBS at ZELC is a fantastic week filled with Bible studies, singing, drumming, playing orff instruments, art, games and doing service for the community.  Children ages Kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome to join in.



















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"Just a Closer Walk with Thee"



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"Forever" by Chris Tomlin

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"Musasa" (Shelter)  by Walt Hampton

"Njalo" Ndbele church song from Zimbabwe     Joyful NOIZ with Chancel Choir