The worship at Christ Church is deeply sacramental and devotional, making full use of the rich resources of the Book of Common Prayer and rich musical heritage of the Anglican tradition.
THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR
The Christ Church Choir sings at the Solemn High Mass on Sunday mornings during Yale term and at other occasional services throughout the year. The fully-professional chamber ensemble is made up of faculty and students from Yale University and members of the New Haven community. The choir sings polyphonic settings of the Mass ordinary; Gregorian minor propers; Psalms to plainsong and Anglican chant; and anthems and motets drawn from all periods of music history, placing a special emphasis on early music and music of the Anglican cathedral tradition. Singers with strong sight-reading skills interested in joining the Christ Church Choir should contact the Choirmaster.
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The late evening service of Compline is sung in the candlelit nave of Christ Church at 9pm every Sunday during the Yale term by soloists drawn from the choir. The music for Compline is based in Roman chant and consists mostly of plainsong, with the incorporation of polyphonic anthems and hymns. Students especially are invited to this peaceful, meditative experience.
CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR ORATORIO SOCIETY
The oratorio choir was formed for special performances of large-scale Baroque and Classical works like Handel’s Messiah and Coronation Anthems, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Passion settings, and Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri. The group consists of current Christ Church Choir singers, Christ Church Choir alumni, and singers from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and performs with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and various local chamber ensembles.
The ancient monastic office of Compline is sung by members of the Christ Church Choir each Sunday night during the academic term. Candles offer the only illumination, and the choir sings from an unseen loft at the north end of the crossing.
The earliest formal description of Compline is found in the Rule of Saint Benedict, written in the early sixth century. Benedict described in fewer than thirty words the form Compline would take for the next thousand years: Psalm, hymn, chapter, blessing, and dismissal. "After Compline," he wrote, "no one may speak."
Compline is sung each Sunday at 9:00pm.
August 25, 2019
First Compline of the fall term
UPCOMING CONCERTS & SPECIAL CHORAL SERVICES
All are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
September 20, 2019
Choral Evensong: Yale Schola Cantorum
Music of Bingham, Tallis, and others