Music at Hope
Our mission is to enhance worship services through song and enjoy ourselves!
Hope Lutheran Church’s choir is comprised of volunteer members and rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7:30. The choir accompanies services from September through May. In addition to regular Sunday services, the choir performs at special holiday and feast celebrations at Hope, annually with a combined choir for New Castle’s Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service, and sings with larger choirs for joint services and festivals within the ELCA in New Castle County.
We welcome all ages to join the choir and are happy to have you join us! No prior experience is required, though the ability to match pitch is required. Reading music and easily blending with a group are a plus! For additional information about joining the choir, please contact the music director.
Mike Mekailek has been Hope’s music director since 2013. He served several churches in northern Delaware prior to his appointment at Hope. Previous to his tenure in Delaware, he served various churches in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. An alumnus of Lebanon Valley College, he studied organ with Shelley Moorman-Stahlman. During his time at the University of Delaware he studied organ under David Herman and choral conducting with Paul D. Head, and was a member of the UD Chorale, the university’s premiere choral ensemble. While he was in the chorale, the ensemble competed in two international choral competitions: The International Choral Contest of Tolosa, Spain, in 2010 and the Béla Bartók International Choir Competition and Folklore Festival, held in Debrecen, Hungary, in 2012. In addition to serving as music minister to various churches in the area, Mr. Mekailek has also performed with the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society on their Christmas concerts.
As an operatic baritone, Mr. Mekailek performs throughout the region. He frequently performs with the Wilmington Concert Opera, as a soloist for gala performances as well as roles (including accompanist!) in their opera concerts.
Hope's Pipe Organ
Wissinger Organ Company, Portsmouth, NH, Op. 13
Dedicated May 15, 1994
The organ has mechanical key and stop action with two 56-note keyboards and a 30-note straight and flat pedalboard. The 914 pipes are combined into 14 stops and 17 ranks. The manuals have natural keys with accidentals made of ebony. The casework is executed in white oak.
8' Chimney Flute
2 2/3 Twelfth
1 3/5 Seventeenth
8' Stopped Flute
4' Spire Flue
1 3/5 Tierce
1 1.3 Quinte
8' Principal (from Great)
4' Principal (from Great)
8' Trumpet (from Great)