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.
CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR
The Christ Church Choir sings Solemn High Mass on Sundays during Yale term and occasional Choral Evensongs. 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-choir tradition. Singers with strong sight-reading skills interested in joining the Christ Church Choir should contact the choir director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The late evening service of Compline is sung in the candlelit nave of Christ Church at 9pm every Sunday during 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 are especially welcome to this peaceful, meditative experience.
THE CHRIST CHURCH CHOIR
Nathaniel Adam, Choir Director
Thomas Murray, Artist-in-Residence & Principle Organist
Weston Jennings, Organ Scholar
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 CHOIR DIRECTOR
Dr Nathaniel Adam is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM) and the University of Michigan (MA/PhD). A music theorist, composer, keyboardist, and teacher in addition to choral singer and conductor, he is currently Visiting Professor of Music Theory at Western Connecticut State University. He is on the faculty of the New York State Summer School of the Arts: School of Choral Studies, where he conducts various ensembles, serves as staff accompanist, and coordinates the musicianship curriculum, and is the Production Editor for the Journal of Music Theory at Yale University. His original compositions and arrangements have been performed across the country and internationally.
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENT & PRINCIPAL ORGANIST
Thomas Murray, the Principal Organist & Artist in Residence at Christ Church, is also University Organist and Professor of Music at Yale University, where he teaches and performs on the renowned Skinner organ in Woolsey Hall. Widely known for his interpretations of Romantic repertoire and orchestral transcriptions, his recordings are highly acclaimed. Professor Murray has appeared in recitals and lectures at six national conventions of the AGO, which named him International Artist of the Year for 1986. In 2003 he was named an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Organists in England, and in 2005 he was awarded the Gustave Stoeckel Award for excellence in teaching from the Yale University School of Music. He has made numerous recordings on the AFKA, Gothic, and JAV Labels.
Currently a graduate student at the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, Weston Jennings studies with Prof. Thomas Murray. He began playing the organ at the age of sixteen and later graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. At the Eastman School of Music, Weston earned his Bachelor of Music Degree and the Performer’s Certificate. He recently completed two years in England as the Organ Scholar of Canterbury Cathedral and Chelmsford Cathedral. During this time, he was also appointed the first Organ Scholar to the Royal Festival Hall, London. Following his recital debut at The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) in 2009, he has performed across the United States and Europe, including Westminster Abbey (London), Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (New York), The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles), The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Denver) and the Berliner Dom (Germany). For more information, visit www.westonjennings.com.
The ancient choral service of Compline is held at 9:00p on Sunday evenings during the academic term. Candles offer the only light; 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 seventh century. St. Benedict described in fewer than thirty words the form Compline would take for the next thousand years. He wanted the prayer kept simple: Psalm, hymn, chapter, blessing, and dismissal. "After Compline," he wrote, "no one may speak."
2015-2016 Compline Schedule
Compline is sung each Sunday at 9:00p.
Last Compline of the Fall Term
First Compline of the Spring Term
Final Compline of the Spring Term
“Passio” by Arvo Pärt, Schola Cantorum Concert in the Church