The House of Hope Presbyterian Church has a longstanding tradition of exploring and celebrating God's glory through music, art, and intellectually challenging sermons.
The church commemorated its 150th anniversary by commissioning artist Daryl Smith of Seattle, Washington to create "The Spirit of Hope," a stunning bronze sculpture mounted on a plinth of Rockville White granite.
The House of Hope offers Sunday morning services in a traditional worship style. Sunday mornings include The House of Hope's organs and choirs. The church has several ensembles for all ages, both choral and instrumental.
House of Hope Music
Motet Choir: The House of Hope's main choir has 40 volunteer and professional singers. The Motet Choir has toured, produced several recordings and is occasionally accompanied by the Bach Chamber Players of St. Paul in special music services.
Choir School: The House of Hope Choir School is open to all children from age three through high school. The program includes classes on voice, sight singing and drama. The environment promotes teamwork, personal excellence, spiritual growth and fun. There are four choirs, based on age, all of which perform in worship services during the year.
Noyes Memorial Carillon:
The House of Hope was one of the first churches in North America to have a carillon when the bells were installed in the tower in 1923. House of Hope's carillon is a four-octave, fully chromatic instrument with 49 bells ranging in weight from 11 pounds to 5,280 pounds. It operates entirely by mechanical means; that is, each key is connected directly to a bell by means of wires and transmission bars, and the instrument is thereby under the player's complete expressive control.
C.B Fisk, OP. 78, 1979
Location - Sanctuary Balcony
This large, mechanical action organ in the rear gallery of the Sanctuary is a landmark of late 20th Century organ building in America. The organ was designed and built by Charles Fisk and his firm for House of Hope in 1979. Fisk considered it his magnum opus.
Jaeckel Co., OP. 41, 2001
Location - Elizabeth Chapel
Worship in the Elizabeth Chapel is enhanced by this two-manual organ which is heard in weddings, vespers, funerals and memorial services. Specifically designed for the chapel, it produces, in Dan Jaeckel's words, "an intimate sound for an intimate space." The Jaeckel organ is also featured in an annual chapel organ recital services.
Joseph Merklin, 1878
Location - Sanctuary Chancel
The Choir Organ in the Chancel was purchased from the St. Laurent Church in Aubenas, France in 1983, restored by C.B. Fisk, Inc. and installed at House of Hope in 1987. It provides a rare opportunity for students and organists in this country to experience 19th century French organ building and to hear authentic French organ sounds. It is heard most Sundays in worship services. At the time of its installation in the balcony of the main sanctuary, the organ was the largest mechanical action organ built in the United States in the twentieth century.
Location - Assembly Room
The organ in the Assembly Room was purchased from the parish church in Aubusson, France, and was restored by C.B. Fisk, Inc. It was exhibited at the Paris Exposition of 1855 and is a rare example of this builder's work. The unique reed stops on this organ were a source of focus during a meeting of the International Society of Organ builders held at House of Hope in 1990.
Several times a year, there are special music services. Some of these occur during the regular Sunday morning services and feature the Motet Choir, soloists from the choir, and an orchestra.
Visit the Music Calendar section of our web site for information on our current and upcoming musical events.