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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)

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Stuff Choir Directors Say
published 2 March 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

ISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN once talked about a fellow who did a superb job impersonating him. Sheen exclaimed, “Until I heard this young man, I never realized that I began almost every sentence with the words 'And so'…” I love the various presidential impersonations, especially Vaughn Meader as JFK.

However, I’ve discovered how traumatizing it can be when somebody impersonates you. A reader sent me the following video by Arianne Abela & Colin Britt—and my heart sunk watching it. I kept saying, “Oh no … I do that, too!” The final blow was when the actor says, “There was this one time I sang under Simon Carrington.” 1


I was so depressed when I saw that video. But then I saw another one—by the Vancouver Cantata Singers—and felt much better:


This could go on all day, but here’s one more:



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   My choir can affirm that I’ve often said that, because I did sing under Simon Carrington many years ago. (I will never say that again.)