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End your weekend on a meditative note at St. Mark’s

Photo: Chris Kollar

Sunday nights, St. Mark’s hosts a free organ concert after the weekly performance by the Compline Choir. Here’s the Facebook event invite from musician Chris Kollar:

I will be performing a little over a half hour of some mean, old school Bach on the dutch inspired pipe organ (The Beast) in the balcony of the cathedral. The music will begin immediately following the weekly Compline choir performance. The Compline choir performs a service of chant and has become somewhat of a phenomenon(since its inception in 1956) with upwards of 500 people in attendance weekly. It is also broadcast live on 98.1fm and has its own podcast however, the organ recitals are not so you have to show up!


Most of the people that come are either students from the area or young people in their early 20’s. It is very informal and meditative and most people prefer to sit or lay on the floor of the cathedral to soak in the reverberations. The organ here is one of the most unique and greatest instruments in the northwest. It stands 4 stories tall and was entirely handbuilt according to methods used to construct the cathedral organs of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. It houses about 4500 pipes in an enclosed case only a couple of feet in depth. It is a blast to play and a fun experience to see/hear so I hope everyone can come! Like I said before, the entire shabang is very informal so come with a friend and don’t worry about attire. Compline starts promptly at 9:30 so getting there 10 minutes before wouldnt be a bad idea.

We missed this news regarding the Compline Choir — the choir has a new director as founder Peter Hallock has stepped down after 53 years leading the group.

Peter R. Hallock, Founder and Director of the Compline Choir since 1956, announces his retirement. Hallock, who will celebrate his 85th birthday in November, said that a recent car accident caused him to question the wisdom of driving to Seattle and back every Sunday night. The choir and its board of directors, acting on Hallock’s recommendation, have named Jason Allen Anderson, age 32, as the group’s next director. Anderson, a member of the Choir since 2004, is Associate for Liturgical Arts and Youth Formation at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Issaquah, Washington. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting degree from the University of Washington in 2007. His dissertation, “The Life and Works of Peter R. Hallock (b. 1924),” was the first academic study of Hallock’s life and music.

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