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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modem: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 1 May 2015
published 1 May 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

Number 1

I have completely changed the way our music is displayed. I think you will be very pleased. I think what I have done will make it easier for you to practice.

The music for Sunday has been posted HERE.

Number 2

We have some new choir members! I’m sure you will join me in making them feel welcome.

I realized we need to begin training more choir members because seven (7) choir members have already informed me they won’t be singing on 24 May, when the Superior General visits from Switzerland. You see, so many of our singers have busy schedules, it’s important for us to start training more people.

I will have a message for the new members BELOW.

Number 3

Folks, you remember that our group made a serious error last week. This is the first time we’ve ever had a MAJOR error—it’s okay. Sometimes errors happen. I’m so proud that we’ve come all this way without a serious error (until last Sunday).

I hope this error helps you realize that you MUST practice. You MUST rehearse. The secret phrase is “53 seconds is not too long, Jeff.” Remember a few weeks ago when nine (9) members admitted they had only gone over the music 1.5 times? Remember?

Most of our pieces are only 39 seconds long. Some are just over 45 seconds. Please practice these pieces each day; even 5 minutes let’s you practice a 30-second piece 10 times!

Especially now that we have new members, you have GOT to know your music really well. Please practice.

Number 4

New members, please focus HARD on learning the following pieces:




I already posted the link to our Sunday Music Rehearsal Videos above (see Number 1).

Number 5

I look forward—so very much—to seeing you all on Sunday, at 5:30pm!!! You’re doing great work, and your service is SO IMPORTANT to the future of our parish!

Number 6

Please let me know ASAP if you are coming on Sunday. I need to know whether to prepare a BINDER for you.