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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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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.)