Motet Choir

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. 

The choir consists of approximately 50 adult singers, including nine professional section leaders. Members of the choir range in age from their early 20s to some singers who have been in the choir for over 35 years. Though there is no formal audition for membership, singers in the Motet Choir should be able to read music because of the pace at which the ensemble works. 

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.

Since August 2010, Dr. Matthew Culloton has conducted the Motet Choir. Dr. Culloton is also the Founding Artistic Director of The Singers, a professional choir based in Minneapolis-St. Paul. He is a composer whose works have been commissioned by The Dale Warland Singers, Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, and numerous schools and universities around the country. With his twin brother, he co-edits “The Matthew and Michael Culloton Choral Series” with Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and he is the sole editor of the “Christmas with The Singers Choral Series” with Morningstar Music Publishers. Dr. Culloton has degrees from Concordia College, Moorhead (B.M.) and the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (M.M. and D.M.A.).