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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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Jeffrey M. Ostrowski
published 24 December 2012 by Corpus Christi Watershed

632 Jeffrey M. Ostrowski EFFREY M. OSTROWSKI holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004) and has done graduate work in the fields of Musicology and Education. In February of 2011, Mr. Ostrowski was elected President of Watershed. His scholarship has focused on the historical performance of plainsong and polyphony of the High Renaissance, resulting in several early music CDs and an internationally broadcast television documentary. He founded—and still oversees—the Sacred Music Symposium, which promotes authentic church music at the grass roots level. While serving as assistant organist for Corpus Christi Cathedral, he played on television hundreds of times.

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In the past, he has directed the Cristóbal de Morales Consortium, Corpus Christi Cathedral Schola Cantorum, and a high school choral program. He assisted in the production of the Campion Hymnal and Jogues Missal. Frequently chosen as presenter at the CMAA Colloquium and other national gatherings, Mr. Ostrowski is known across the globe as a composer, and his compositions have been sung in Saint Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City). 1

He currently serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP Apostolate in Los Angeles, CA, where he lives with his wife and two children.


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NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   Mr. Ostrowski also publishes many of his works under a pen name which will be revealed someday.