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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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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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Cristóbal de Morales Missa “Ut Re Mi Fa Sol La.”
published 12 January 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

465 Morales HOIRMASTERS ARE ALWAYS in need of exquisite music that can be sung well by amateur choirs. Therefore, you’ll want to immediately download this “Sanctus” by Cristóbal de Morales (†1553), one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance.

In an emergency—when your skilled singers are absent—you can always sing the whole thing in plainsong (see below). The Solfège has been added to assist during rehearsal:

      * *  PDF Download: Polyphonic “Hosanna”

      * *  PDF Download: Plainsong


What does it sound like? Here’s the polyphony sung by Matthew J. Curtis:

      * *  Mp3 Download: Equal Voices (Curtis)


To help your choir learn, practice videos & audio files are available:

Practice Video: SOPRANO   •   Mp3 Practice File: SOPRANO

Practice Video: ALTO   •   Mp3 Practice Audio: ALTO

Practice Video: TENOR   •   Mp3 Practice Audio: TENOR

Practice Video: BASS   •   Mp3 Practice Audio: BASS


(If your singers don’t know Mass XVII, send them here.)