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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)


COMMUNIQUÉ / POLYPHONY / BULLETIN / UPDATE
FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 19 December 2014
published 19 December 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski


Number 1

Our musical lineup for Sunday (in two days) is here:

MUSICAL PROGRAM • for 4th Sunday of Advent

Please make absolutely sure you know the VERDELOT for Communion!


Number 2

Just as we discussed at practice and every one agreed to, please arrive at 6:00pm.

Saint Victor Church
8634 Holloway Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Number 3

The secret word is RAZZMATAZZ.


Number 4

Tomorrow (Saturday) morning, I will send you an Email with Christmas music. If you want to get started and you absolutely cannot wait until tomorrow, search your email for a message I sent with this subject:

«Important Message to FSSP.la Choir * December 12, 2014»
That has some (not all) of the Christmas music, so you can get started learning it. By the way, in my email tomorrow morning, I need to remind everyone about rehearsal for Midnight Mass. Please don’t let me forget!


Number 5

You people are so wonderful and fantastic! Working with you is such a bright spot in my life!

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!!