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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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“It would be a grave error to imagine that the principle orientation of the sacrificial action is towards the community. If the priest celebrates «VERSUS POPULUM», which is legitimate and often advisable, his spiritual attitude ought always to be «VERSUS DEUM PER JESUM CHRISTUM», as representative of the entire Church.”
— Official Vatican Statement (25 September 2000)
Roger Wagner Interview
published 7 November 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

Here is a 45-page interview with Roger Wagner (PDF) dating from 1960, published in the 1962 edition of Caecilia.

The interview is excellent. I was especially pleased to read the history behind his recording of Palestrina’s Pope Marcellus Mass, which was one of the first recordings I ever heard by Roger Wagner. As a matter of fact, that recording and Wagner’s unique approach was the inspiration for my Renaissance Gloria adaptation featured on the Summi et Aeterni CD.

He also utters several “Wagnerian” phrases. I’ve had the privilege of working with many of Wagner’s colleagues and friends, and so it is fun to read the phrases coming from Wagner himself (as opposed to being quoted by his friends). One that is often repeated is, “Remember: the choir is only as good or bad as its conductor.”

This interview is courtesy of the Church Music Association of America. The Church Music Association of America has made available many rare chant PDF’s, very similar to the hundreds of thousands of pages of Gregorian accompaniments, treatises, and editions Watershed has made available at The Lalande Library.

At the end of the interview, you may find yourself exclaiming (as did I), “What a remarkable person was Roger Wagner!”