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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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Legitimate and necessary concern for current realities in the concrete lives of people cannot make us forget the true nature of the liturgical actions. It is clear that the Mass is not the time to “celebrate” human dignity or purely terrestrial claims or hopes. It is rather the sacrifice which renders Christ really present in the sacrament.
— Pope Saint John Paul II (20 March 1990)

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Brave Schola Director Posts “Live” Recording
published 17 February 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

267 Father Fryar T IS ALWAYS difficult to post “live” recordings from Mass. In today’s age, we’re accustomed to flawless recordings by professional singers, captured and mastered with great precision. I used to be afraid of showing others how our choir sounds—because criticism on the internet can be very harsh—but I’ve come to realize that people who criticize the loudest usually have never directed a choir in real life.

The FSSP has begun a parish here in Los Angeles. Our choir began singing in Advent, and I’m so proud of the progress we’ve made. Last Sunday, I stuck a recording device in my pocket, and below you can hear two excerpts. This was the first time we’ve sung the Palestrina polyphony. I’m convinced it will sound better and better as time goes on. Fr. Valentine used to say, “You can play a hundred notes correctly, but if you hit one wrong note, people will focus on that.” So, please be forgiving as you listen to these “live” excerpts:

      * *  Palestrina Vexilla Regis • Chant followed by Polyphony

      * *  Kyrie XVII • Gregorian Chant

When I was young, I asked Fr. Peter Gee, FSSP, whether we could play an audio CD during Mass. He replied, “No, because the Mass is something living.” Those recordings—though imperfect—are living prayer.

BY THE WAY, one of our parishioners sent me an recent article in Regina Magazine which talks about the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles:


Images courtesy of Regina Magazine.