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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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“…it would be a very praiseworthy thing and the correction would be so easy to make that one could accommodate the chant by gradual changes; and through this it would not lose its original form, since it is only through the binding together of many notes put under short syllables that they become long without any good purpose when it would be sufficient to give one note only.”
— Zarlino (1558) anticipating the Medicæa

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 16 July 2015
published 16 July 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

1. Monday night, I was stricken with food poisoning. It was painful, but I feel better now.

2. The music for this Sunday has been posted HERE.

3. I ask you to please pay special attention to learning the Durieux Kyrie as well as the new Gloria (which went well on Sunday) and the Ave Maris Stella (which did not go well).

4. There has been a change made. The rehearsal which was planned at Saint Victor on Saturday morning (18 July) has been moved to 5:30pm at my house. We will practice for about an hour, then have our potluck party. The secret code word is “Orange Cascade.”

5. This was not an easy decision, as there were good reasons not to move the practice: (1) changes are bad; (2) we are trying to see whether the Saturday practice works; (3) I wanted to separate the rehearsal from the party, and not mix them together.

6. The reason we ended up changing the rehearsal was to have our people only drive to ONE LOCATION instead of TWO LOCATIONS. If you feel I’ve made the right decision, feel free to praise me via email. If you feel I made a mess of things, feel free to trash talk me via email.

7. When you are at my house, I need to share with you a plan to recruit more men to our choir. When we started out, we had really good male singers, but we needed more female singers. In a curious reversal, many of our men singers have left—for multifarious (not nefarious) reasons. So, we need to get more—and I have a plan.