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The Compline Choir
Autumn 2016 e-Newsletter

Thank you to all who helped make our 60th anniversary celebration a success!

The Compline Choir + Alumni, numbering nearly 40 voices, sang in two morning services and chanted the office of Compline on Sunday, August 14. Nearly 800 persons attended the various services and approximately 7,000 tuned in live to hear Compline broadcast by our partner Classical 98.1 KING-FM.
Read more about the celebration, access Sunday bulletins, and view photo albums on our website. We have a limited stock of Compline Choir 60th Anniversary branded merchandise available for purchase. Selection is limited to stock on hand; once items are sold out, they’re gone for ever!

The Compline Window
given in memory of Dr. Peter R. Hallock

Compline WindowThere are few features of Saint Mark’s Cathedral as prominent as its windows. During the renovations of the cathedral beginning in April 2017, the massive windows of the “Holy Box” will be replaced with new, efficient ones while retaining the aesthetic of the present ones. Earlier this year, The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason, Dean and Rector of Saint Mark’s, approached the Compline Choir board about an opportunity to dedicate one of the windows as “The Compline Window given in memory of Dr. Peter R. Hallock.”

The window in question is unique in the Cathedral: the half-window over Thomson Chapel, which illuminates Peter’s resting place every morning. The cost of replacing this window is $150,000 for which we are now raising funds through the gifts of our members, alumni, and friends. We hope you’ll consider making a gift to this important and fulfilling project, the first capital campaign ever undertaken by the Compline Choir in its sixty-year history.

Learn more about the Living Stones Capital Campaign, or to make a donation to the window project here. Download a flyer with more information about this specific project. You can also contact Scott Kovacs, project chair, for more information or if you’d like to schedule a personal meeting to discuss your gift. Many thanks for your support and blessings of the Compline Choir and your help in achieving this worthy goal.

Upcoming events of note

  • Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM
    Advent Procession: The O Antiphons, a Saint Mark’s tradition since 1986! Repertoire includes Hallock From lands that see the sun arise, Hallock The O Antiphons (organ and handbell accompanied version), and more.
  • Sunday, December 25, 2016, at 9:30 PM
    Christmas Day Compline service
  • Sunday, January 1, 2017, at 9:30 PM
    New Year's Day Compline service
  • Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 9:30 PM
    The Compline Choir and Saint Mark’s Cathedral Senior Choristers chant the office of Compline. Repertoire includes Hallock Psalm 119:33-48, Howells Nunc dimittis from the Gloucester Service, and Wesley Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
All events take place at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA [map] and are free. Call 206-323-0300 for additional information.

60th Anniversary Celebration Recap!

Friday Cocktail Reception

On Friday, August 12, The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason and his wife Kathy hosted a cocktail reception at the deanery. Despite the 90° heat, those in attendance enjoyed scrumptious, homemade appetizers and the signature cocktail, Lion on the Hill. Our indefatigable bartender was current member Greg Bloch (pictured below).

Sunday Morning
Panel Discussion

On the morning of August 14, a panel discussion was held in Bloedel Hall between services. This discussion was structured around very basic questions about the Compline Choir: When did the choir form?  Who were the first members? How large is the choir at the present time? The panel, moderated by The Very Rev. Steven Thomason, included Jason Anderson, Bill Turnipseed, Kenneth Peterson and Cameron Mousighi from the Compline Choir. This provided viewpoints from long-term, medium-term and new choir members. Dean Thomason framed the discussion and provided insight at various points. A large crowd attended and the questions produced discussion which was lively and enthusiastic!   

Chez Hallock
Garden Party and Picnic

August 14, 2016, proved to be as beautiful a day as we could have hoped for—warm, sunny, and lovely!

The beautiful day, together with Mel and Mary Butler’s exquisite and seemingly effortless hosting, made for a memorable Compline 60th Anniversary event. The event hearkened back to the party Peter gave several years ago to introduce to the world his newly created Japanese garden. It was lovely then and is, if anything, more lovely now. Under the loving and attentive care of Mel and Mary, both the grounds and the house are even more beautiful than before.

So, in a beautiful setting and on a beautiful day, Compline members old and young, current and former, enjoyed getting reacquainted and newly acquainted. They also enjoyed being very well fed as Mel demonstrated his total command of the grill. As Mary later remarked to me, “Surely Peter was smiling!”

I Will Meditate
$16.98 + tax (compact disc)
$9.99 + tax (digital download)
I Will Meditate contains a complete recording of the office of Compline, as sung at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle. Read more about the recording here.
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Saturday Evening Banquet

The Compline Choir’s 60th Anniversary Banquet took place at the center of the celebratory weekend with a Northwest themed meal, bubbling champagne, and a crowd of sharply dressed past and present members, spouses, significant others, and an array of distinguished guests. The evening began with lively mingling which lead to a welcoming speech by Dr. Jason Anderson, Compline Choir Director.

Dr. Anderson recognized the many distinguished guests, including The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason, Dean and Rector of Saint Mark’s, and his wife Kathy; Bryan Lowe, Classical 98.1 KING-FM’s Program Director; and many regular supporters of the Compline Choir in attendance.

Bryan Lowe gave an insightful speech about the history of the Compline service broadcast and its global reach via radio, live stream, and downloads. Bryan revealed that the Compline broadcast reaches approximately 7,000 persons each Sunday night, and more than 350,000 persons per year.

In honoring our commitment to and relationship with the cathedral, board member Scott Kovacs presented the details of the Compline Choir Window Capital Campaign.

Dr. Anderson also presented the Stella Complētōriī Chorō (Star of the Compline Choir) award to William Giddings in recognition of his lifetime of exemplary service to the Compline Choir and Saint Mark’s Cathedral (see photo below). Since 1965, Bill has performed for countless listeners at regular Flentrop post-Compline organ recitals. Bill is the second person to receive this distinguished award; the first was Kenneth Peterson in October 2014.

Sunday Evening Compline

On the evening of August 14, the Compline Choir was joined by an enthusiastic group of alumni for a special 60th Anniversary Alumni + Compline service. This was the final event in a weekend-long celebration of the Choir’s anniversary. There were approximately 40 singers in the group. Musical highlights of the evening included a setting of Psalm 138 by Jason Anderson, the world premiere of a setting of the Nunc Dimittis by Seattle composer Erin Aas, and the ever-beloved Ave Maria by Franz Biebl. The large group provided a full and satisfying sound for these large scale works. The congregation numbered approximately 425 persons.

What Hand Divine
$16.98 + tax (compact disc)
$9.99 + tax (digital download)
What Hand Divine is a journey through Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. This disc contains songs of the season with new recordings of music by Peter R. Hallock. [more...]
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Dr. Jason Anderson will be on sabbatical from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. During this time of rest and renewal, the Compline Choir will be directed by Jeremy Matheis, Associate Director; temporal affairs of the Compline Choir will be managed by Scott Kovacs and other members of the Board of Directors.
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