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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)

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 5 March 2015
published 5 March 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

Number 1

I will post the upcoming music as soon as I can, but until then PLEASE make sure you know the “Domine Non Sum Dignus.”

Here are some (too low) videos to help you learn:

(Equal Voices)

(Women’s Voices)

(Middle Voices) • Don’t learn this one.

(Men’s Voices)

Number 2

The Engagé policy we have established—where members must come to rehearsal to sing on Sunday—is appropriate & has been very beneficial. It is the correct course of action.

However, I had a situation where someone was calling me before practice owing to an automobile accident on their way to practice.

The policy was not meant to affect those who have true emergencies while they are traveling to attend practice. In a situation like this, let me know, and I will make the final decision. For those who have true emergencies resulting from their VALID ATTEMPTS to arrive at rehearsal, I have the power to make an exception.

I know that you will not abuse this policy. It’s very important to me that—no matter what—I treat each member fairly and without favoritism. I realize how much you value these traits, and that’s why I’m sure nobody will abuse this. Thanks!

Number 3

I suffered great pain yesterday (because of a medical issue), but we still had a fantastic practice. I don’t believe I’ve ever canceled a rehearsal: they’re too important. How could I make up a rehearsal if I canceled? It would be impossible. Moreover, we have a LONG journey ahead of us—lots of hard work to accomplish—and this would only be damaged if I canceled our rehearsal.