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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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“Urban VIII appointed four Jesuits to reform the hymns, so that they should no longer offend Renaissance ears. These four, in that faithful obedience to the Holy See which is the glory of their Society, with a patient care that one cannot help admiring, set to work to destroy every hymn in the office.”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1916)

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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