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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 • 29 July 2015
published 29 July 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski


1. The music for this Sunday, 2 August 2015, is posted HERE.


2. Thank you for the wonderful job you did last Sunday. And thank you for supporting me after Mass when it came time to search for new members.


3. Please work very hard on the Richard Rice KYRIE, which is #4781. We’ll be working on that piece during our Saturday rehearsal, which starts immediately after Fr. Fryar’s Saturday Mass (Saint Victor) at 9:00am in the RECTORY of Saint Victor. Maybe I will see you there!


4. If you grow tired of practicing the Richard Rice KYRIE, please begin learning this one:

4594 • “PER LIGNUM” By Philippe Verdelot (d. 1532)

When you listen to the equal voices, see if you can hear the imitation on the words “et per sanctam.”   Did you hear it? We will not sing the verses in English—only the Latin.


5. Both can be found by clicking on “POLYPHONY PRACTICE” (see above).