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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 following few hints on the selection of voices may be useful: (1) Reject all boys who speak roughly, or sing coarsely; (2) Choose bright, intelligent-looking boys, provided they have a good ear; they will much more readily respond to the choirmaster’s efforts than boys who possess a voice and nothing more; therefore, (3) Reject dull, sulky, or scatter-brained boys, since it is hard to say which of the three has the most demoralizing effect on his more willing companions.”
— Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1912)

Should Church Singers Be Paid?
published 14 April 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

925 Cantorinus EFORE LONG I will post an article discussing whether singers at Church should be paid. Some of my friends believe they should be, while others disagree. Without going into detail, let me say that my preference is not to hire paid singers. I like recruiting members of the actual parish and having them sing at Mass. This usually means a mixture of talent levels. I like to make practice videos for my choir—to help them learn—but please don’t tell Dr. Tappan!  After all, Dr. Tappan is correct that choirs should learn to read music.

Below, you’ll find videos which helped our members learn a beautiful piece based on a work by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (†1594):

    * *  PDF Download • KYRIE “Impleta Sunt”

For the final Kyrie, we use a polyphonic piece whose Solfège can be practiced here.

Rehearsal Videos :

SOPRANO   •   YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

ALTO   •   YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

TENOR   •   YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

BASS   •   YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

Once you’ve learned your line, try singing it against this equal voice robot file.

Before you’re too critical…please realize that making these videos is harder than you might think. Try it yourself and let me know if you agree!