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Compline (pronounced “komp-lin”) is a reflective, contemplative 30-minute service of hymns, anthems and chant sung by Stanford and local choral ensembles in the tranquil candlelit ambiance of Memorial Church. All are welcome. Sundays, 9:00 – 9:30 pm (during the academic year with the exception of university holidays and academic breaks ) in Memorial Church.

Upcoming Compline dates in 2018-19:

Oct. 7 Palo Alto High School Choir

Oct. 28 Early Music Singers

Nov. 4 Crescendo

Nov. 11 Convivium

Jan. 20 All Saints Choir

Jan. 28 St Bede’s Choir

Feb. 3 Memorial Church Choir

Feb. 10 Early Music Singers

Feb. 24 The East Bay Singers

April 7 Christ Church Portola Valley

April 14 Palo Alto High School Choir 

April 28 Crescendo

May 12 St Bede’s Choir

May 19 Early Music Singers


Compline brings choral music to MemChu

Stanford Daily
by Michael Gioia

At 9 p.m. on Sunday evenings, the Stanford community gets an opportunity to reflect through Compline, 30 minutes of chanting and meditation at a candlelit Memorial Church. Run by the Office of Religious Life, Compline brings a different choir to the church each week. Oct. 12 marked the first service of the 2014-15 school year.

A large audience of community members watched a performance by a choir from Palo Alto High School on Sunday. Michael Najar, a high school teacher in the visual and performing arts, conducted the choir and described Memorial Church as “an imaginative space.”

“It’s been an absolute joy that we have been able to come here,” Najar said. “It’s made for the type of music that we want to sing.”

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