The most important musical ensemble is the gathered congregation. Through music we hear, teach, and share our faith. We sing hymns that teach the faith and focus on our redemption through Christ’s birth, death, resurrection, and ascension. We sing portions of the liturgy as a joyful response to God’s grace given to us. Through our hymnody and liturgy, passed down through the ages, we share in the faith of all the saints who have gone before us
Established in 2019, the Music in a Sacred Space series is a collection of music programs that feature the warm acoustics, beautiful visual aesthetic, and 27 rank Parsons pipe organ of Hope Ev. Lutheran Church. At the core of its mission is sharing the gifts of music and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our neighbors and to present musicians from many different genres. Previous events have included organ and choral Vespers services, organ recitals, choral performances by visiting choirs, and hymn festivals. If you would like to make a financial gift in support of the Music in a Sacred Space series, please contact Kantor Janssen.
Stemming from a generous gift by the Herr sisters the original Moeller pipe organ from 1931 (augmented by Brummer in 1969) was completely reimagined by Parsons Pipe Organ Builders of Canandaigua, NY. Installed in the summer of 2019, the organ boasts an expanded tonal palette that focuses on the leading of Lutheran worship; primarily congregational singing, organ repertoire, and choral music accompaniment. The organ, with both Great and Swell divisions under expression, is controlled by a state-of-the-art console of two manuals and pedals, with a full complement of couplers. Accessories include tremulant, flexible wind, zimbelstern, and tracker-touch keyboards. The windchests make use of electric slider action powered by a wedge-bellows winding system. The organ is located in the rear gallery with two completely redesigned towers that make use of the materials of the previous instrument and includes the unenclosed ranks cantilevered out from the original footprint.
The Schola Cantorum serves as the adult choir. They rehearse on Sunday mornings after Bible study. The choir is comprised of adults and students. The Schola Cantorum sings from the wealth of the classic choral repertoire, from medieval chant and renaissance motets to works written by living composers. The ensemble focuses on proclaiming the Gospel through music and enjoys a good challenge. Typically, the choir sings multiple times a month in worship, as well as other festival services.
The Kantorei is a graded choral program for students in 3rd-8th grade with unchanged voices. The Kantorei rehearses weekly from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Choristers work on singing technique, musicianship, and music reading.
The Kantorei is a Royal School of Church Music–America affiliated choir program that cultivates children’s musical abilities for life long service to the church, develops the child’s singing voice, and provides a foundation in musicianship. Potential singers are welcome to come try out a rehearsal at any time. The Kantorei sings for Sunday worship approximately once per month, as well as select festival services throughout the church year.
Hope’s Handbell Choir rehearses occasionally throughout the church year. If you are interested in ringing, please contact Kantor Janssen.
Hope Lutheran Church is blessed with many talented instrumentalists who lend their talents. Worshipers often hear strings, woodwinds, and brass supporting and enhancing congregational singing or providing a time of meditation. The resident brass ensemble can be found leading worship on festival services throughout the church year.
If you're interested in participating in any of Hope's musical ensembles, email Kantor Janssen.