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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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“Every experienced choirmaster’s work is founded on the following three axioms: (1) Few boys have a really good natural voice; (2) No boy is able to control his voice and produce good tone without training; (3) Most boys have a good ear, and considerable imitative capacity. It is on the last of these axioms that the choirmaster must begin his work.”
— Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1912)


COMMUNIQUÉ / POLYPHONY / BULLETIN / UPDATE
FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 26 August 2015
published 26 August 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski


1. The music for this coming Sunday (30 August 2015) has been posted.


2. On Saturday, we talked about the cantus firmus used by Morales in a Sanctus we’re learning: UT RE MI FA SOL LA. I told the choir that Palestrina also wrote an entire Mass on that same cantus firmus. The choir agreed that we should investigate. Therefore, see Number 3 (below).


3. You know that we’re in the process of learning two (2) complete ordinaries. As part of this process, we need another ALLELUIA, to alternate with the one we already know. Therefore, please start learning the new Alleluia, listed as #4470.

Question : Did you notice how the ALTO LINE has the cantus firmus?


4. We will experiment with a different way to receive Holy Communion this Sunday. The choir will receive before the congregation, while Meaghan plays the organ. (Meaghan will conclude her organ playing before the last communicant, so she also can go downstairs to receive Holy Communion.) Towards the end of Communion we will sing the Antiphon, which is the “more correct way” according to some liturgical scholars. We will try this; we will see how it works.


5. We’ve had some new choir members join and others leave. Sometimes, members are absent. For instance, many of the Coulombe family will be out of town this coming Sunday. I’d like to begin placing the NAMES on the choir binders, but please be patient with me, since there have been so many changes lately.