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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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Had the Church never spoken on this matter, it would still be repugnant to our Catholic people’s sense of what is fit and proper in the holiest of places, that a priest should have to struggle through the prayers of the Holy Mass, because of such tunes as “Alice, where art thou?” the “Vacant Chair,” and others of more vulgar title, which, through the carelessness or bad judgment of organists, sometimes find their way into our choirs.
— Preface to a Roman Catholic Hymnal (1896)

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 5 August 2015
published 5 August 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

1. Great job on Sunday! Every Sunday I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming—you guys really do great work!

2. The music for this Sunday, 9 August 2015, is posted HERE.

3. Here are the pieces you should focus on this week:

(A) Zachariis “Asperges Me” Add-On : #4550 is taught to you in Solfège and also the normal way. Please learn both. Notice the texture is more homophonic, as opposed to the “Per Lignum,” which is more polyphonic. Homophonic means all the voices move together.

(B) Durieux “Kyrie II” : #4638 some of the altos really need to learn this better.

(C) Verdelot “Per Lignum” : #4594 let’s learn this ASAP so we can start singing it. We don’t want the congregation to get tired of hearing the “Ave Maris Stella.” Last week’s communiqué has some interesting facts about this piece.

(D) Richard Rice “Kyrie VIII” : #4781 some of you have done good work on this, but we also need to make sure to know when to CUT OFF at the end of the notes. I can help you with this, but you need to first learn your part very well.

All these can be found by clicking on “POLYPHONY PRACTICE” (see above).

4. There has been a problem where some of our ladies ignore an important marking. When you see a BARLINE which also has a lengthening note, such as the following (which occurs this coming Sunday) that means to pause briefly:

424 pause

We need to fix this. All our ladies must agree to hold that note!

5. At some point, I’d like the ladies to begin singing the Communion without men. However, the Communion this week is too difficult for us to begin doing that.

6. We will again hold our Saturday rehearsal, which starts immediately after Fr. Fryar’s Saturday Mass (Saint Victor) at 9:00am. The Mass is held in the RECTORY of Saint Victor. Maybe I will see you on Saturday!