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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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The representative Protestant collection, entitled “Hymns, Ancient and Modern”—in substance a compromise between the various sections of conflicting religious thought in the Establishment—is a typical instance. That collection is indebted to Catholic writers for a large fractional part of its contents. If the hymns be estimated which are taken from Catholic sources, directly or imitatively, the greater and more valuable part of its contents owes its origin to the Church.
— Orby Shipley (1884)

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Choirs & Singers With Spread Vowels — Best Example Ever!
published 28 August 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

HOEVER IS the singer for “Belle” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has a gorgeous voice and great technique. However, towards the end of the word “BE” her vowel suddenly becomes “spread.” When teaching your choir to hear the difference between “spread” vowels & proper choral vowels, use this example:


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