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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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FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 10 October 2015
published 10 October 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski


Music for this Sunday has been posted HERE.


Here’s a breakdown:

(a) Everyone sings the Processional. This will go well.

(b) The “Asperges” has been going well—no problems.

(c) Men only sing the Introit. (It’s long!)

(d) We’ll do Kyrie XI, directly from the Campion hymnals. Those of you who don’t know #5054 and #5053 need to learn it because we’ll sing those during Advent.

(e) The Gloria has been going pretty well; I don’t anticipate issues.

(f) The Alleluia always goes pretty well, provided the men begin at a proper tempo.

(g) Credo IV always goes well, but I need more VOLUME from the Soprano section.

(h) After the Offertory antiphon, we’ll sing “Christe Supreme.” If the polyphony does not go well during rehearsal, we will not sing the polyphony section.

(i) I’d like to do the UT RE MI Sanctus, but that will depend on how well everyone has been practicing #4912.

(j) Rene W. has been practicing the TENOR of this Agnus Dei, so we can rehearse it even before Francisco arrives.

(k) The Communion is the same as the Introit, in that someday I’d like to have different people sing the verses and not always the same soloists. So, be thinking about this. Keep this in the back of your mind.

(l) The Communion polyphony should go well, if the bass section practices hard.

(m) After the Recessional, I need to speak with the entire choir very briefly.


Many of our members—and family members of Aurora M.—are very sick. Please pray for them!


After Mass, I must speak to you. I would like to meet with the entire choir.

Do you have a brilliant idea about how the entire choir could meet for a rehearsal? Make sure to bring it with you and share it after Mass, okay?


The JESU DULCIS is an example of a piece I’d like to rehearse with the entire choir. We simply have not had an opportunity to rehearse this properly before Mass begins, because we’re focused on other things.


It is true the entire choir rehearses together right before Mass begins on Sunday, but that doesn’t really count, because we usually spend that time preparing for what is about to happen. In other words, that rehearsal ends up being concerned only with the music that is about to be sung: not technique, procedures, repertoire, and so on.


I also have some news to share with you about a possible quartet. I hope I don’t forget to mention this to you after Mass, but I have a horrible memory.