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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 representative Protestant collection, entitled “Hymns, Ancient and Modern”—in substance a compromise between the various sections of conflicting religious thought in the Establishment—is a typical instance. That collection is indebted to Catholic writers for a large fractional part of its contents. If the hymns be estimated which are taken from Catholic sources, directly or imitatively, the greater and more valuable part of its contents owes its origin to the Church.
— Orby Shipley (1884)

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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!