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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 soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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Propers for the Assumption (15 August)
published 7 August 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

Here they are!

Introit • Signum magnum appáruit in cælo

Score  Mp3  Video


Gradual & Alleluia • Audi Fília & Assúmpta est

Score  Mp3  Video


Offertory • Inimicítias ponam

Score  Mp3  Video


Communion • Beátam me dicent

Score  Mp3  Video

Some say Gregorian chant is too difficult to sing. But how can this view be defended when we see a 10-year-old girl play like this?


Could it be that we are simply unwilling to put forth the effort to learn Gregorian chant?