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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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We sternly urge adherence to the established norms by those who raise an uproar or a challenge in the name of a misunderstood creative freedom, and thus inflict so much harm on the Church with their rash innovations, so vulgar, so frivolous—and sometimes even lamentably profane. Otherwise the essence of dogma and obviously of ecclesiastical discipline will be weakened, in line with the famous axiom: "lex orandi, lex credendi." We therefore call for absolute loyalty so that the rule of faith may remain safe.
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Simple Yet Beautiful Easter Piece You Might Want To Sing This Sunday
published 17 April 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

911 Vita Sanctorum ERE’S A PIECE you might want to sing this Sunday. It uses a simple SATB refrain with a truly great hymn tune (COELITES PLAUDANT). The verses come from an Easter poem found in many ancient manuscripts; this one, for example.

Unison singing is mixed with polyphony (and I would recommend having your men & women alternate on the verses):

    * *  PDF Download • Vita Sanctorum with Refrain

Here’s an EQUAL VOICES rehearsal video:


Rehearsal videos for each singer:

SOPRANO:   YouTube

ALTO:   YouTube

TENOR:   YouTube

BASS:   YouTube