Adult Chancel Choir

In keeping with Lutheran tradition, music is an integral part of the worship experience.  At Hope there is a Chancel Choir that supports and leads the congregation in worship.  The Choir prepares and sings special music for and on behalf of the congregation on Sundays and special services.

Handbell Choir

The handbell choir prepares music which they play on brass hand-held bells.  Handbells were developed to be used in the worship service in place of the big steeple bells.  In addition to special music, the “Bells of Hope” add excitement, color, beauty and meaning to the worship service.

Chancel Choir
Bells Of Hope

You do not need to be a church member to participate in Hope’s music program.

Rehearsal Schedule: September – June

Chancel Choir
Wednesday at 7:45 PM in the choir room

Bells of Hope
Wednesday at 6:45 PM in the sanctuary

The Organist, Douglas Franks

Our organist is Douglas Franks, a longtime Bay Area church musician. He has a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance and has performed in recital and as an accompanist throughout the Bay Area over the years. He has worked with various choral organizations, most recently the Chorus of City College of San Francisco and Masterworks Chorale. He is currently on the faculties of the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco. He is also accompanist and vocal coach at City College of San Francisco. He serves as seasonal accompanist for the Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley.

Douglas teaches piano and organ privately and has been active in the American Guild of Organists. He most recently served as Chair of the Special Projects Committee of the San Francisco AGO Chapter. He is a prolific composer of organ hymn accompaniments. Many of his organ hymn settings and festive introductions to hymns have been published by Augsburg Fortress Press in a multi-volume organ accompaniment edition of the ELW hymnal.

The Choir Director, Shirley Fitzgerald

The choir’s music director is Shirley Fitzgerald, a long-time resident of San Mateo.  She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphasis in voice from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri plus many graduate hours at San Jose State University, Chapman University, University of Missouri, and many other institutions. Shirley has been involved in church music since she was 12 years old, and her professional experience includes being organist as well as choir director and Bell choir director at several churches over the years.

She has taught in public schools from grade school on up but spent most of her teaching career at the High School level at Hillsdale High School and Aragon High School.  She’s sung with many groups, toured internationally with choral groups, and directed Musical Theatre productions.  She currently sings with several community choirs, but her true love is church music.

Shirley Fitzgerald

The Schoenstein pipe organ
The organ at Hope
The organ at Hope

Hope has a fine Schoenstein pipe organ that is featured in the worship Service each Sunday.