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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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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X

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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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