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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)

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 12 February 2015
published 12 February 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

Number 1

You can find all the music for Sunday (15 February 2015) by clicking HERE.

Number 2

We are not allowed to have practice on Ash Wednesday (18 February). We have moved it to Thursday (19 February), and the location will be Jeff Ostrowski’s home at 7:00pm.

Number 3

For Sunday, if you are an Engagé member who still doesn’t know the Sanctus and Agnus, please learn it by Sunday. That needs to be your priority. Please do this! Thank you!

For Sunday, if you’re a Donné member, remember that you need to learn Palestrina’s “O Crux Ave” by Sunday (go here).

Number 4

We had a great rehearsal last night. You are all fantastic people and I love working with you! The Mass propers website we spoke of (for future reference) is here. The Mass ordinary website we mentioned (for future reference) is here.

I prefer to practice, not talk. But last night I shared some really important information with you. One thing we’re learning about is team effort. We’re learning that a few people can harm the group. It’s a tough lesson, but in the end, it will help us—trust me! (I can explain why another time.)

There’s so much more awesome music I cannot wait to explore with you! Singing the great & splendid Roman Catholic music is the BEST way to experience the Liturgy, oh yes!

Number 5

When you visit that Sunday link and try to practice the Offertory Hymn, you’ll click on the audio. At first, you won’t hear singing. That’s because it starts off with an audio improvisation. By the way, only two verses are given to you—but that will be sufficient to teach you the melody. It’s a lovely recording, isn’t it? The secret phrase depends on whether you’re Donné or Engagé. The secret phrase for Engagé members is “Whether I’m a man or woman makes no difference. I still MUST learn the Sanctus & Agnus for Sunday.” The hidden phrase for Donné members is, “I realize I must know O CRUX AVE by Sunday at 5:45pm, and we will also practice the IN FIGURIS—because it wasn’t so hot last time.”

Number 6

Once you’ve learned all the music for Sunday, you can practice these two:

Du Fay Agnus Dei   •   Score   •   {Women Voice}   •   {Middle Voice}   •   {Men Voice}

And the new Palestrina “Arbor Decora,” too:

Arbor Decora   •   Score & Practice videos are here.