The reverential beauty of sacred music for small choirs is well known to concert audiences. The Pacific Collegium is committed not only to first-rate performances of masses and motets, but to bringing these treasures back to the church services for which they were composed. Hearing Byrd’s Great Service at Evensong or Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli in the context of the Traditional Latin Mass adds a new and satisfying depth to the concept of historical performance practice.
Evensong is a short Anglican service combining the end-of-day monastic offices of Vespers and Compline. Since the latter part of the 16th century, England’s greatest composers have contributed to the rich musical tradition of this uplifting and beautiful liturgy.
Chapel College Men and Boys Ensemble sings Evensong at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the first Sunday of every month from October through June. The music draws primarily on the English cathedral tradition of the Tudor Chapel Royal, rounded out by Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary repertoire from other regions. Click for more information.
On the second Sunday of each month, as well as for occasions such as Easter Vigil and Midnight Mass, the Pacific Collegium provides music for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church. A small group of singers and continuo players performs Gregorian chant and virtuosic, one-per-part polyphony, including pieces by Byrd, Schütz, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Howells, Poulenc and others.
St. Margaret Mary has celebrated the Extraordinary Form, also known as the Traditional Latin Mass, for more than 20 years. The Pacific Collegium has participated in these services since 2006 under the auspices of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.