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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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“The following few hints on the selection of voices may be useful: (1) Reject all boys who speak roughly, or sing coarsely; (2) Choose bright, intelligent-looking boys, provided they have a good ear; they will much more readily respond to the choirmaster’s efforts than boys who possess a voice and nothing more; therefore, (3) Reject dull, sulky, or scatter-brained boys, since it is hard to say which of the three has the most demoralizing effect on his more willing companions.”
— Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1912)

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 22 July 2015
published 22 July 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

1.) The music for this Sunday (26 July 2015) is posted HERE.

2.) Please work hard on the new Kyrie (Durieux) and Ave Maris Stella (Lhoumeau).

3.) Additionally, please review the Agnus Dei (Verdelot) and the Gloria (the one that has color pages mixed in).

4.) As we discussed at the choir party, we will process downstairs after Mass and sing the “Alleluia.” Then we will attempt to recruit new members, especially males. Let’s make sure to dress nicely and comb our hair, so everyone can see what a wonderful group we are! 1

5.) As usual, we will meet at 5:30pm on Sunday. Again, please have your music learned (see above). Some of the music—such as the Durieux Kyrie—is very short … only 7-8 notes long!

6.) Additionally, we will have an extra rehearsal on Saturday morning at Saint Victor, immediately after Fr. Fryar’s 9:00am Mass (which often takes place in the Rectory Chapel).

7.) I hope you will consider taking advantage of this extra Saturday rehearsal. We used to have mandatory rehearsals, but that didn’t work out. So now we have an extra rehearsal which is voluntary.

8.) If the Saturday rehearsal doesn’t work, we can try to find another day. But I want to observe the Saturday rehearsal over a period of weeks before making changes. Even if nobody shows up, I will have gone to 9:00am Mass, which is always a good thing.

9.) I will be contacting each one of you this week, to discuss your level of commitment to the choir. The Bible says:

Let your “yes” be yes, and your “no” be no.

Sometimes, we’ve had a situation where members say they will sing at Sunday Mass, but don’t show up. As a choir, we could probably do a better job in this area. It’s really difficult for me to plan the music when this happens. Let’s see if we can make improvements in this area!


1   This statement does not imply that any of our members have been dressing poorly. It’s simply a reminder that we will be trying to recruit on Sunday.

I have a pair of army shorts and T-shirt (blaze orange), but I’ll refrain from wearing them this Sunday, because I don’t want to scare away potential choir members.