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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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Using the shoddiest, sleaziest material we have for the purpose of glorifying God is not very sound theology or even very good common sense. […] (In general, when you see a diminished seventh chord in a hymn, run.) And these chords are usually used in bad hymns in precisely the same order in which they occur in “Sweet Adeline.”
— Paul Hume (1956)


COMMUNIQUÉ / POLYPHONY / BULLETIN / UPDATE
FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 31 January 2015
published 31 January 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski


Number 1

Something pretty upsetting happened to me this week, and it’s been hard to deal with. I was wondering if—on Sunday night—everybody could please make an EXTRA effort to be even more positive & upbeat than you normally are. That would be greatly appreciated! I especially like to see our choir members practicing charity towards one another: this is a great source of joy to me, believe it or not.


Number 2

I want to thank those who came to Wednesday’s practice. That was by far the most awesome practice we’ve had. Did I sound stern? By the way, the secret code is «JOVIALITY». Did I sound harsh on Wednesday? Did I sound obnoxious on Wednesday? I assure you that was not my intention. We were so focused—and I was so intense & impressed with your singing—I didn’t want to stop the beautiful learning that was happening!


Number 3

We will have a “plenary” rehearsal on 7 February (Saturday morning) at my home. Both Engagé & Donné groups NEED to attend this practice, because we’ll be learning incredible music by Binchois & Du Fay in preparation for Lent. It will last from 10:00am to 2:00pm and I will feed you.

When I say “I will feed you” I mean that food will be provided. I don’t mean that I will literally spoon the food into each of your mouths. (I want to be clear about this.)


Number 4

Concerning the Engagé Group, those of you who came Wednesday, please be in the choir loft tomorrow (Sunday) by 6:30pm. If I’m not up there yet, DO NOT PANIC. Just quietly pray until I arrive. Thanks!


Number 5

Donné Group, please make sure beyond the shadow of a doubt that you know your line on the Palestrina piece we’re doing for Communion. If you follow the link below, you’ll see that I’ve even created videos for you. Pretty helpful, right?

Margaret Walsh, Adeline Coulombe, Andrew Coyne, and Francisco, please carefully review the chant verses, because I may ask you to sing them by yourselves, okay? The Donné Group should meet no later than 5:45pm in our “special room” underneath the Church.


Number 6

Here is the musical program for tomorrow: SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY.