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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 am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997

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:

      * *  Mp3 Download: Proper Choral Vowels vs. Spread Vowels