UPDATE: The next Women's Compline Choir services will be JULY 30 & AUGUST 6, 2023. SEE DETAILS ABOUT THE 2023 SERVICES HERE.
SUNDAYS, JULY 17 & 24, 2022, 9:30 P.M., in the cathedral nave, broadcast, and livestreamed
In the summer of 2019, the Office of Compline was chanted by an ensemble of women for the first time in the six-decade history of Compline at Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle.
These beautifully-sung services were deeply moving to many. In the word of choir director Rebekah Gilmore, "We have many decades—generations worth of women who have wanted to sing Compline at Saint Mark's." And so the decision was made to make the Women's Compline Choir an annual tradition at Saint Mark's each summer. In the summer of 2020, of course, a gathering of the full choir was not possible, and the Women's Compline Choir was represented by just four solo voices. In the summer of 2021, a full complement of singers chanted the office, but the service remained closed to the public. See photos and video from previous year's services below.
At last in 2022, a full choir featuring some of the finest choral singers in the region returned to chant a service open to one and all. As in the past, the services featured special repertoire for women's voices, including world-premiere compositions.
The next Women's Compline Choir services will be offered JULY 30 & AUGUST 6, 2023.