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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)


COMMUNIQUÉ / POLYPHONY / BULLETIN / UPDATE
FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 8 January 2015
published 8 January 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski


Number 1

The musical resources for this coming Sunday, 11 January (Holy Family) are HERE.


Number 2

We have agreed to meet at 6:00pm on Sunday. We must remember to each take a Grey Hymnal, since we will sing the ENTRANCE hymn and EXIT hymn from this Grey Hymnal.


Number 3

Needless to say, it would be wonderful if we all could learn 100% of the music for this Sunday. However, there is a priority. More than anything else, please practice the piece by Lhoumeau. After that, please practice the Victoria Agnus Dei. After that, please practice the Gradual & Alleluia.

The secret phrase is: «LHOUMEAU first, THEN Victoria, THEN Gradual & Alleluia»


Number 4

You will notice the Victoria practice files are not posted on the website. That’s because these are private files not to be shared. They have been emailed to you.


Number 5

On that website, you’ll find “Robot” files to practice the Lhoumeau.

I’ve also emailed you Voice Files for the Lhoumeau which are not to be shared.

Can you please tell me which files you like better? Can you please tell me which ones help you more? Thank you!!!