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Using the shoddiest, sleaziest material we have for the purpose of glorifying God is not very sound theology or even very good common sense. […] (In general, when you see a diminished seventh chord in a hymn, run.) And these chords are usually used in bad hymns in precisely the same order in which they occur in “Sweet Adeline.”
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Gregorian & Polyphonic Choirs • FSSP Los Angeles
published 31 October 2014 by FSSP Los Angeles

727 Choirmaster ELCOME to the website for a brand new Gregorian & Polyphonic choir in Los Angeles!  If you can sing in tune, we need your help!  Don’t worry if you cannot read music.   (See #2 below.)

Each potential member must attend a brief “choral meeting” before joining, but don’t be scared. Choir is fun! During this brief meeting with Jeff Ostrowski, the requirements for each member will be explained, as well as what you can expect from your director:

(1) We will sing a High Mass each week. We do not currently have a parish, but are in the process of obtaining one.

(2) The choirmaster will respect your time. Whenever possible, practice videos & recordings will be provided, assuring that no time is wasted during rehearsal.

(3) The choirmaster will choose the most engaging music our choir is capable of singing. In other words, as a singer, you can expect to grow continually.

(4) The choirmaster will always make choices according to the needs of the choir, and never succumb to favoritism or preferential treatment.

(5) Choir will be fun!

Please contact me if you’re interested.

For all the latest details, please become a member of The Table by clicking here.

Through the years, I’ve taught hundreds of pieces all over the United States to choristers of all ages & backgrounds. I’m afraid most of my recordings are in storage at the moment until we find a place to live, but here are some samples I found:

2002 “Live” Sample: Ave Maria (Ravanello)

2003 Sample: Paschal Gloria (Viadana)

2004 “Live” Sample: Salve Regina (Marenzio)

Here is an example of a CD I produced in collaboration with tenor Matthew J. Curtis:

2009 Excerpt: Domine, Non Sum Dignus (Allen)