The two Thursday evenings leading up to the 1st Sunday of each month at 7PM.
The First Mount Zion Baptist Church Mass Choir was formed in November of 1989 to bring unity among the choirs of the church. This Choir is primarily made up of members of all church choral auxiliaries. The Mass Choir sings at worship services the first Sunday of each month, and performs only at the Pastor’s request or upon the recommendation of the Minister of Music.
Some highlights in the Choir’s background include the making of its first recording entitled “We Sing Praises” in 1992, the Choir traveled to Pensacola, Florida, to be in concert at the Greater Little Rock Baptist Church. In 1995, the Choir accepted an invitation to sing at the 32nd Church Anniversary of New Rising Star missionary Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1996, the choir also traveled to First Baptist Church, Washington Park, Richmond, Virginia. In 1997, the choir traveled to New York to take part in Youth Day services at Berean Missionary Baptist Church. Locally, First Mount Zion’s Mass Choir is also popular, and has accepted invitations to sing at various community functions including the “Annual Black History Program” in 2001 sponsored by the Prince William Symphony Orchestra. In 1996, 1998 and 2000, the choir participated in the “Taste of Heaven” programs at Hylton Memorial Chapel along with other area churches.
In October 2009, the Music & Arts Ministry celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Sylstea C. Sledge as Minister of Music with a gala program.
The Mass Choir was the featured choir at the National Gallery of Art’s “Christmas Celebration” in Washington, D.C. “Caroling in the Rotunda” was held December 16, 2000. The Choir performed excerpts from Glenn E. Burleigh’s Christmas Cantata, and lead a selected holiday music sing-a-long.
The Mass Choir and other choral auxiliaries of the church have an annual “Christmas Celebration” designed to celebrate the “reason for the season”. This program has expanded each year and is well attended. Workshops are also held throughout the year. Under the direction of Minister Sylstea C. Sledge, the choir has broadened its scope to include all types of religious music. Musicians include: Organist, Sister Mattie Jones, Organist/Pianist, Brother Tom Scurlock, Pianist, Sister Stephanie Thomas, Drummer, Brother Lavell Lucas, and Bass Guitarist Sister Deirdre Ball.