Posts tagged ‘Peter Hallock’

November 30, 2014

2014-11-30 Notes from the Bench

Advent Calendar by Peter Hallock

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


The American composer, Peter Hallock, (1924-2014) was an influential figure within the Episcopal tradition who died just this past year. He will be best-remembered for establishing the great musical traditions at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, WA, where he served as the organist and choirmaster for forty years. Advent Calendar was commissioned to honor Archbishop Rowan Williams on the occasion of his retirement by The Compass Rose Society. The text for this work is a poem by Archbishop Williams. The premier performance of Advent Calendar was sung during the Evensong service at Canterbury Cathedral by the Canterbury Cathedral choir on October 5, 2012. Hallock has composed numerous sacred works, many of which remain unpublished, including motets, large-scale anthems, and the widely used Ionian Psalter, a three-year cycle of psalm settings for choir with congregational antiphons.

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