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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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.