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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

“Kyrie Eleison” (SATB) within the reach of any choir!
published 1 March 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

ORPUS CHRISTI WATERSHED has no paid employees and no endowment. We are all volunteers. One of my duties is asking for donations, and frankly I hate asking for money! But without our donors—who usually give $5.00 per month—we could not continue our work. 1

Today I will try a different fundraising approach. I will create five articles with examples of Watershed productions—and hopefully some readers will be inspired to give $5.00 per month. We need your help!

Here’s the first example, recorded by myself and a friend yesterday evening:

    * *  PDF KYRIE PART “A” Francisco Guerrero (d. 1599)


EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio

HOW MANY DONATIONS will come in? Only our Lord knows, and we’re happy to leave this in His Hands. In the past, our work has seemed to please the Lord, Who has taken care of us in miraculous ways.


1   Even though we don’t have employees, we require funding for numerous things: backing up internet servers; purchasing old hymnals for scanning; various service fees such as MyEmma (for the CCW mailing list); and so forth. People would be amazed to learn how much work it is just to maintain what we have begun.

This article is part of a series:

PART 1 • Simple SATB Kyrie by Guerrero

PART 2 • 1913 Woodward Hymnal … Outrageously Rare!

PART 3 • Rehearsal videos for Lenten Hymn

PART 4 • New Westminster Hymnal … For the first time ever!

PART 5 • Rehearsal Videos for Forty-Three (43) Pieces