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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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“Church officials frequently asked Tomás Luis de Victoria for his opinion on cathedral appointments because of his fame and knowledge. He was faithful to his position as convent organist even after his professional debut as an organist, and never accepted any extra pay for being a chapelmaster. Held in great esteem, his contract allowed him frequent travel away from the convent, and he attended Palestrina's funeral (in Rome) in 1594.”
— Dr. Robert Stevenson, 1961 (mod.)

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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