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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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Help Needed From Organists Who Can Improvise!
published 5 August 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

E HAVE BEEN SINGING singing psalm tones in Mode 1 for the offertories, such as this one (for this coming Sunday). I would like to collect as many different organ introductions as possible. Can you compose one for me? It should last about 35 seconds.

If I were to write one, I’d probably place the melody in the Tenor, then move it to the Bass in augmentation, then end with it in the Soprano. (We begin the psalm tone on “F” so the first three notes are F-G-A.) The melody of the psalm tone must be quite obvious, so the singers can hear it easily. The whole purpose is to find a more artistic way of giving the correct pitches to the singers. Please email me your submission—thank you!

By the way, here’s a beautiful improvisation someone did at the Colloquium:

    * *  Organ ImprovisationCMAA Colloquium 2009

It’s based on the Alleluia for the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was the Mass of the day—and I just love it!