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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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“Every experienced choirmaster’s work is founded on the following three axioms: (1) Few boys have a really good natural voice; (2) No boy is able to control his voice and produce good tone without training; (3) Most boys have a good ear, and considerable imitative capacity. It is on the last of these axioms that the choirmaster must begin his work.”
— Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1912)

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 9 July 2015
published 9 July 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

1. I am so impressed by your dedication. I am so happy with your singing. It’s such a pleasure to work with you! You’re wonderful people, and good singers!

By the way, I’m super excited about the new Ave Maris Stella for Communion!

2. I told you I don’t like to send out a bunch of emails. My preference is to send information via internet Communiqué. I feel strongly about this because I really hate receiving a whole bunch of confusing emails. I realize I have not succeeded in the way I had hoped. Several of you mentioned how many emails I send out during the week. All I can tell you is that I will try to avoid sending numerous emails, but I’ve learned that sometimes the emails are necessary.

Did I mention I’m excited about the new Ave Maris Stella?

3. Much of the music can be rehearsed by clicking the POLYPHONY PRACTICE button at the top of the FSSP.la choir website, so just memorize: http://www.ccwatershed.org/fssp/

Just so you know, I’m really pumped about the new Communion called “Ave Maris Stella.”

4. We are going to see if rehearsal on Saturday works. We will have rehearsal at Saint Victor immediately following the 9:00am Mass. Several of our members have said this will be a good time, even though they cannot attend on 11 July because they already had an obligation. I will be happy to work with anyone who shows up on 11 July. Colette has already said she’s coming! If Saturday proves to be a bad time, we will look for another solution, and I’m sure we can find one. Needless to say, we will continue with our Sunday rehearsals (at 5:30pm) because those have been working well.

Maybe I said this already, but I’m really excited about the new Ave Maris Stella!

5. Somebody asked if I was displeased with the attendance for the Wednesday practices. No, I was not displeased. I enjoyed the Wednesday practices, and it was fun to see you guys there. At the same time, the attendance was not “overwhelming.” An overwhelming number would have been if 1/2 of our members came. In fact, we often had only 1/4 attend. So, please don’t think I was unhappy. I was not unhappy, but now we will try the Saturday rehearsal time & see how it works.

Can I please tell you something? I’m hoping you like the Ave Maris Stella for Communion.

6. In general, that’s why I like our FSSP.la choir. When difficulties arise, we always find a solution sooner or later.

7. The music for Sunday (12 July 2015) has been posted HERE.

Let me try to explain how to approach the music listed there:

A. First of all, there’s a WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL new piece I hope we can sing for Communion. It’s called “Ave Maris Stella” by Fr. Lhoumeau. Please focus hard on learning that. I also want several of the verses to be sung by soloists. If you’re a soloist, please contact me; that way I’ll know you’d like to be considered to sing a verse.

B. You also need to focus HARD on learning the new Gloria. The secret code is “funky.” The old one that we know already is by Zachariis.

C. We have been singing the Agnus Dei by Verdelot, but this could stand some work—especially by the Alto section.

D. You ought to be practicing the new Richard Rice Kyrie we hope to start singing soon.

E. Women (as always) need to look at the Communion antiphon; it is EXTREMELY short this week.

F. Men (as always) need to look at the Introit antiphon.

8. Several of the members would like to have a choir party. We think that’s a good idea. More information will be coming your way.