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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)


COMMUNIQUÉ / POLYPHONY / BULLETIN / UPDATE
FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 25 March 2015
published 25 March 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski


Number 1

The practice videos for the GLORIA have been posted: Here.

Please learn it as quickly as you possibly can. I hope you enjoy the videos & mp3 files.


Number 2

There is no practice tonight (Wednesday, 25 March). Fr. Fryar asked me to cancel it—because of a Mass he’s offering at the same time—and I have followed his directions.


Number 3

You probably realize my job is DIFFICULT because I seldom get to work with the full choir. Unless I’m wrong, the last time the full choir met was on 17 January, and only about 70% came.

I wanted to have a full rehearsal on Saturday morning so we can make Holy Thursday beautiful, but eight people told me they cannot come, and only one person said they can attend.

Folks, I’m trying my best here, but you need to help me out, okay?

Please email me and specify which of the following dates you could attend an IMPORTANT rehearsal:

ALPHA CHOICE Saturday morning (28 March)

BETA CHOICE Saturday afternoon (28 March)

GAMMA CHOICE Sunday afternoon (29 March) before Mass begins.

DELTA CHOICE Monday Evening (30 March)

KAPPA CHOICE Tuesday Evening (31 March)

ZETA CHOICE Wednesday Evening (1 April)


Number 4

In the same email, please remind me if you are able to sing for Holy Thursday AND/OR Holy Saturday. The dates, times, and locations are posted under “Number 4” HERE.