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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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“Church officials frequently asked Tomás Luis de Victoria for his opinion on cathedral appointments because of his fame and knowledge. He was faithful to his position as convent organist even after his professional debut as an organist, and never accepted any extra pay for being a chapelmaster. Held in great esteem, his contract allowed him frequent travel away from the convent, and he attended Palestrina's funeral (in Rome) in 1594.”
— Dr. Robert Stevenson, 1961 (mod.)

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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