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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 26 February 2015
published 26 February 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

Number 1

The music for this Sunday has been posted here.

Number 2

Remember, according to the policy, if you’re in Engagé but didn’t attend rehearsal on Wednesday (25 Feb), I won’t be preparing a binder for you on Sunday because we must remain faithful to the policy. The next Engagé practice will be Wednesday (4 March) at 7:00pm at Jeff’s house.

Number 3

Here’s the secret password:

Jeff, I understand that my priority for Sunday’s Mass is Arbor Decora (secretly Kyrie) then Du Fay Agnus Dei. I realize “parody” here doesn’t mean funny.

Number 4

On Sunday, I’d like for us to sing the Du Fay Agnus Dei.

Please: learn it. Please. Please learn it.

Notice that Donné & Engagé will team up to sing the Palestrina “Parody” Kyrie. As we talked about on Wednesday, “parody” Masses have nothing to do with humor or funny jokes. It’s the most common technique for Masses in the high Renaissance.

Please run over the KYRIE (parody) and see if you can sing the correct words. How’d you do? Was it easy? It’s really a great piece, right? Remember, to rehearse this piece, practice the Solfège version of ARBOR DECORA given at that website.

Number 5

Both groups will meet in the choir loft at 6:30pm to rehearse the Du Fay Agnus Dei & Palestrina Parody Kyrie. Donné members will meet for their rehearsal at 5:45pm as usual.

Are you excited? Are you pumped? THIS IS GOING TO ROCK!

Number 6

If you absolutely have the Du Fay Agnus & Palestrina Arbor memorized, you can start learning our Eastertide piece:

Go HERE and scroll to the bottom.