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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 Church, no doubt, has always kept, and wishes still to maintain everywhere, the language of her Liturgy; and, before the sad and violent changes of the sixteenth century, this eloquent and effective symbol of unity of faith and communion of the faithful was, as you know, cherished in England not less than elsewhere. But this has never been regarded by the Holy See as incompatible with the use of popular hymns in the language of each country. Such hymns, moreover, are useful to familiarize the people with the great truths of faith, and to keep alive their devotion.”
— LEO XIII, POPE (8 June 1898)

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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:


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