The Gathered Congregation
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.
The Schola Cantorum serves as the adult choir. They rehearse at 11:45 a.m. on Sundays, in the choir room. The choir is comprised of adults and high school students from the congregation. The Schola Cantorum sings from the wealth of the classic choral repertoire, from medival 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 one or two times a month in worship, as well as other festival servies.
The Kantorei is a graded choral program for students in 3rd-8th grade with unchanged voices. The Kantorei rehearses weekly from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Sundays in the choir room, this choir sings once a month. In addition, a music workshop is offered from 3:30-4:00 for those choristers that want to enhance their music reading and understanding. 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, provides a foundation in musicianship. Potential singers are welcome to come try out a rehearsal at any time. The Kantorei sing in Sunday worship approximately once per month, in addition to Christmas Eve, Epiphany, Maundy Thursday, and Ascension services.
Hope’s Handbell Choir rehearses in the sanctuary on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-6:45 pm. Adults through middle school students are welcome in this choir, as well as anyone who would be available to substitute on a short-term basis. The prerequisites are fairly simple: availability for regular rehearsals, the ability to keep a steady beat (can you tap your toe to music on the radio…if you can, you’ll be fine), and the ability to count to four, and on rare occasions six! All other skills will be introduced and taught in the rehearsals. The Handbell Choir rings for worship once every four to six weeks.
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.