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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)
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!”