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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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“I grew up listening to Lessons & Carols from Cambridge and that was Advent-Christmas for me. Then I moved to Rome and discovered Rorate Masses, the Novena of the Immaculate Conception with the Tota Pulchra, the Christmas Novena, the O Antiphons, the Aspiciens, the Rorate Coeli, the Alma Redemptoris Mater: that's Advent for me now. I am glad to see seminarians all over the United States doing Lessons & Carols, but are they learning our ancient Roman traditions alongside a 20th-century Anglican one?”
— Rev. Christopher Smith
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!”