The House of Hope Motet Choir offers musical enhancement to the church community each week of the year. The Motet Choir sings the Introit and two anthems each week during the 10 am worship service, and collaborates with the Bach Chamber Players of St. Paul on extended choral works three to five times each year.
They've performed a large number of choral masterpieces such as the Requiem settings by Faure, Mozart, and Durufle. The choir has sung dozens of J.S. Bach’s cantatas, as well as mass settings by Beethoven, Dvorak, Haydn, Rheinberger, and Schubert.
The Motet Choir and House of Hope members have commissioned and premiered dozens of new works over the years by composers like Stephen Paulus, James MacMillan, Anthony Piccolo, Gerald Near, and Frank Ferko. The most successful commissioned project in the choir’s history was Stephen Paulus’ church opera, The Three Hermits, on a libretto from Michael Dennis Browne and based on a story by Tolstoy. From this opera came Paulus’ anthem Pilgrims’ Hymn, one of the most recognizable a cappella works of the 20th century. The work was sung at the funerals of both President Ronald Reagan and President Gerald Ford, and it is widely recorded by choirs around the world.
MOTET CHOIR WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS!
The House of Hope Motet Choir welcomes new members any time of the year, and the fall is a great time to join. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Choir Room, and the ensemble meets on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. to rehearse prior to the service. Interested singers should have previous musical experience. Please contact conductor Matthew Culloton at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about membership.