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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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“Although the mass contains great instruction for the faithful people, nevertheless, it has not seemed expedient to the Fathers, that it should be every where celebrated in the vulgar tongue. Wherefore, the ancient usage of each church, and the rite approved of by the holy Roman Church, the mother and mistress of all churches, being in each place retained; and, that the sheep of Christ may not suffer hunger, nor the little ones ask for bread, and there be none to break it unto them, the holy Synod charges pastors, and all who have the cure of souls, that they frequently, during the celebration of mass, expound either by themselves, or others, some portion of those things which are read at mass, and that, amongst the rest, they explain some mystery of this most holy sacrifice, especially on the Lord's days and festivals.”
— Council of Trent (17 September 1562)

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.