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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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!