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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 15 March 2015
published 15 March 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

Number 1

I wish to make something clear.

I have always tried to select the best music for our choir. This has been difficult, because each week, different people show up than the previous week. It would be exhausting to fully explain why it’s so hard to choose music which can be sung under these circumstances, not to mention music which continually challenges each singer—but not too much—yet is appropriate for the liturgical season and acoustic. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Even if we tried to practice in Church before Mass—as one big group—we cannot do so, owing to the Mass that happens beforehand. Additionally, there’s no question our FSSP parish situation has been forced to overcome many difficulties, and we continue to try to overcome them. Moreover, events in my family’s life have made it difficult to persevere. There’s no need to go into detail regarding these.

Number 2

In spite of the difficulties described above, I wish to reiterate my commitment.

We will continue our work. We will continue learning how to sing the Traditional Liturgy. In spite of the difficulties, we will continue: no matter what. Anything which is beautiful & excellent requires perseverance & determination.

Number 3

I have been told that many, many people will be attending Holy Week. Supposedly, there will be hundreds & hundreds of people.

Please think & pray about whether you can sing for Holy Week. It would be good for your soul, since Holy Week is the pinnacle of the Catholic liturgical year. Moreover, it would be important—when so many Traditional Catholics will be in attendance—because some may not have heard authentic Sacred music before.

A small men’s schola will be singing for Good Friday, so you don’t have to worry about Good Friday. By the way, the secret word is “Imbibed complete message, Maestro.”

I need to know ASAP whether you are willing to sing on Holy Thursday.

I need to know ASAP whether you are willing to sing at the Easter Vigil.

Please do not commit unless you ABSOLUTELY plan to show up. Thanks!

Number 4

Here’s the schedule for Holy Week:

Holy Thursday (2 April) — 5:00pm

Holy Saturday • Easter Vigil (4 April) — 11:00pm


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