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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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“Victoria not only made his professional debut as church organist: he also continued active on the organ bench until the very eve of his death. Indeed, during his last seven years at Madrid (1604-1611) he occupied no other musical post but that of convent organist.”
— Dr. Robert Stevenson (1961)

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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!