Compline Choir

 
 
 

Compline Choir

The Trinity Compline Choir

Our goal of the Compline Choir is to provide a brief, soothing respite, as an antidote to the chaotic pace of the world; to chant and sing praises and thanks to God for the successful completion of the day, in the ancient, mystical way, and provide spiritual peace for the rest of the night and hope for the new day.

Our hope is also to develop for our readers and listeners, not just an experience, but a relationship with Compline; a balm to soothe the sin sick soul; a place to pursue spiritual peace.

WHAT IS COMPLINE

Historically, it is the last of the seven daily monastic offices, which include Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline.

Compline is a short service of prayers upon completion of the day; a said or sung service before retiring.

Trinity uses an expanded chanted Sarum version with an orason, petitions, confession, deliverance, psalms, an office hymn with Gloria Patri, scripture lessons, in manus tuas, the Apostles Creed, a litany, The Lord’s Prayer, collects, Nunc dimittis with antiphon, anthems, final preces, dismissal, and amen. Almost the entire service is chanted or sung by the choir.

OUR CHOIRS

The traditional voicing for Compline is all male voices including altos, tenors, baritones, and basses. The altos are typically baritones singing very high with a usable falsetto. Sometime in the dim dark past a mixed choir adding female sopranos and altos emerged as a sound alternative to the ‘monk’ choir sound. The SATB mix has worked well for many Compline choirs.

Compline Choir

Voces Angelorum

The Trinity Compline Choir

uses a hybrid mixed choir voicing. The sound of the Trinity Compline choir features alto (both male and female), tenor, baritone, and bass.

Voces Angelorum (voices of angels)

may be the first all-women choir chanting Compline outside of the convent. The voicing is soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, and tenor.

Men's Compline Choir

Renaissance Man

Renaissance Man

features a male quartet consisting of 2 altos, tenor and bass

Compline takes place throughout the year, normally on the first Sunday of the month.

About Compline Choir Director Jeff Reynolds

Compline Choir Director Jeff Reynolds

Compline Choir Director Jeff Reynolds

Jeffrey Reynolds is the director of the Trinity Church Compline Choirs. He received his Bachelor’s degree from California State University at Long Beach and taught there for years. He has directed church choirs in Southern California and is retired from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, for which he played bass trombone for thirty-eight years. He has wide experience as a chamber musician in ensembles including the California Brass Quintet, Los Angeles Brass Society, Los Angeles Brass (as conductor), the Hollywood Trombones, L.A. Philharmonic Institute, and the Ojai Festivals. He has done commercial recording for the studios of Disney, 20th Century Fox, Universal, MGM, Warner Bros., Capital, Ryder and Sunset. Jeff has performed on hundreds of recordings for CBS/Sony Classical, London, Deutsche Grammophon, Columbia, Crystal, EMI, Sheffield, Angel, RCA, Phillips, Telarc and Capitol. Jeff currently directs the Compline Choirs at Trinity Church and sings in the men’s Compline Choir, Renaissance Men and the Trinity Church Festival Choir along with providing special music on his trombone.


For more information, please visit Trinity’s Compline Choir’s website at www.trinitycomplinechoir.org or their Facebook page.