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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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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

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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