Pittsburgh Compline Choir

500th Anniversary of the Reformation Commemoration Service

1Dramatic change was sparked in October 1517, when an monk named Martin Luther posted 95 points for debate about changes he saw needed in the church of his day.

Debate turned into seismic shifts not only behind the doors of churches and religious institutions, but throughout the Western world and more. The Reformation is credited with significant developments in language, art, music, education, and more. The Reformation also bears the heavy burden of scars from war and schism.

The Downtown Pittsburgh Ministerium invites you to join in a service for the people of Pittsburgh to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The service will be held at First Lutheran Church at 4:00 PM, led jointly by Father Joseph Male of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and Bishop Kurt Kusserow of the Lutheran Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod with the Pittsburgh Compline Choir and clergy of the Pittsburgh Downtown Ministerium.

This will be a service of song and evening prayer to commemorate the gifts and challenges of the past 500 years and allow us all to step forward into the next 500 with blessing and renewed hoped for unity.

A reception with heavy hor de’ouvres for all will follow.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
615 Grant Street + Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Our New Director

mab2The Lutheran University Center‘s Pittsburgh Compline Choir is very excited to announce that we have a new Choir Director, Dr. Mark A. Boyle. Mark’s rich background and his passion for sacred music makes him very well suited to lead our Compline Choir. He is also the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Seton Hill University in Greensburg,

In Mark’s words regarding the Service of Compline: “Compline entered my life while serving in the United States Navy in Hawaii. I was fortunate to stumble into the Lutheran Church of Honolulu and its Compline Choir, one of the “baby Complines” that came out of St. Mark’s in Seattle. To have the opportunity to return to this beautifully meaningful service with the Pittsburgh Compline Choir is a dream realized.”

The Pittsburgh Compline Choir is an expanded and enlarged version of the Order for Compline as found in the Lutheran Book of Worship and we are looking forward to the further growth of Compline under Dr. Boyle’s Leadership.

Please join us this Sunday evening at Heinz Chapel at 8:00pm as the Compline Choir begins a new year.

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Compositions By Two Pittsburgh Composers

This Sunday, January 22, you will have the chance to hear the Pittsburgh Compline Choir sing compositions by two Pittsburgh composers with close ties to the PCC. Join us at 8:00 p.m. at Heinz Chapel.

About the composer of Sunday’s orison, “Blessed Heavenly Light”
Joyce Moon Strobel earned degrees from Capital University (BM cum laude) and Duquesne University (MM). At Duquesne she studied organ with Dr. Ann Labounsky, FAGO, ChM, and composition with Dr. Joseph Wilcox Jenkins. She holds the Associate Certificate of the American Guild of Organists, and has served as parish musician in Presbyterian and Lutheran congregations, most recently St. Stephen Lutheran/ Scott Township, Pittsburgh. She won the 1997 Glad Robinson Youse Competition for Adult Composers, National Federation of Music Clubs, for the composition Four Orisons, written for the Pittsburgh Compline Choir.  At the invitation of Director Alastair Stout, for Compline Choir’s 25th anniversary in 2014, she composed an SATB/organ setting of Psalm 134, with an “illumination” of the brief text by colleague and friend, the Rev. Harvey S. Mozolak. Another Mozolak/ Strobel collaboration, written for the choir and people of St. Stephen congregation, is “Arise! Fill Death’s Empty Hole with Joy Sounds,” an Easter anthem for SATB, organ and trumpet or flute; it is published by Selah Publishing Co.

About the composer to Sunday’s meeting of Psalm 91:
Jeremy Paul Jelinek pursues a Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance, studying with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music. Currently, during his entire junior year, he is in France, studying at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP) with Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard, while giving concerts throughout Europe. Much of his time is dedicated to the Gregorian Chant School of Paris. Here he participates in liturgical studies, studies manuscripts and interpretation of chant in great detail, and sings offices and Masses on a weekly basis. He has won prizes in several organ competitions, and has received notable reviews in the American Organist and the the Diapason. He has a passion for both improvisation and composition and has been commissioned to write for several events. Jeremy Paul has received great influence and inspiration by the Pittsburgh Compline Choir, having been a consistent attendee since childhood.

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We Remember Them

compline-veteransThe Pittsburgh Compline Choir and Friends presented, We Remember Them, a special service of remembrance honoring soldiers living and dead who fought to preserve our freedom. The performance took place on Sunday, September 11 at Heinz Memorial Chapel. See the full remembrance list here.

Britsburgh Festival

As part of Britsburgh 2016, the Pittsburgh Compline Choir and Friends will present, We Remember Them, a special service of remembrance honoring soldiers living and dead who fought to preserve our freedom.  Details below:

werememberDate: Sunday, September 11
Time:
 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: 
Heinz Memorial Chapel
Price:
 Donations appreciated! Visit our Make A Donation page for more info.
Add a Soldier: Please click here to submit names of soldiers who have died.

The service celebrates the enduring bond established between the United States, the United Kingdom and Commonwealth nations who fought and bled together. The service will provide an opportunity for the wider community to honor the service of surviving veterans and to connect younger generations with their stories. Jim Cunningham will read the famous “let us now praise famous men” text from Ecclesiasticus.

Partnering with local schools and churches, the Pittsburgh Compline Choir will work to pair local youth with each and every veteran or surviving spouse attending the service, so that young people can hear about these heroes firsthand and establish a personal connection.

Download the flyer below to learn more.

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