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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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“The Church has always kept, and wishes still to maintain everywhere, the language of her Liturgy; and, before the sad and violent changes of the 16th century, this eloquent and effective symbol of unity of faith and communion of the faithful was, as you know, cherished in England not less than elsewhere. But this has never been regarded by the Holy See as incompatible with the use of popular hymns in the language of each country.”
— Pope Leo XIII (1898)

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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!