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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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It should be borne in mind that there is no preference expressed in the liturgical legislation for either “versus populum” or “ad orientem.” Since both positions enjoy the favor of law, the legislation may not be invoked to say that one position or the other accords more closely with the mind of the Church.
— Congregation for Divine Worship (Vatican City), 10 April 2000

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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