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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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Polyphonic “Alleluia” for 3 voices • Morales (†1553)
published 24 April 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

876 manuscript HILE STUDYING musicology in graduate school, I made a series of recordings for a choral methods class. I was attempting to demonstrate—by means of choir recordings—that ladies with low voices and men with high voices mixed together create a beautiful “choral blend.” I have always believed it’s a mistake to have all women in the alto section and all men in the tenor section.

If you attempt this lovely “ALLELUIA” based on a score by Cristóbal de Morales (†1553), you might consider placing high-voiced males with low-voiced females together on the middle line:

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