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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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“We decided to entrust this work to learned men of our selection. They very carefully collated all their work with the ancient codices in Our Vatican Library and with reliable, preserved or emended codices from elsewhere. Besides this, these men consulted the works of ancient and approved authors concerning the same sacred rites; and thus they have restored the Missal itself to the original form and rite of the holy Fathers.”
— Pope St. Pius V (Quo Primum, 1570)


COMMUNIQUÉ / POLYPHONY / BULLETIN / UPDATE
FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 2 September 2015
published 2 September 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski


1.) The music for this coming Sunday has been posted HERE.


2.) I always try to give you some idea of what you should be practicing. It seems to me that this week, you should focus on the following:

(A) The new Alleluia by Palestrina (based on UT RE MI FA SOL LA).

(B) The polyphony called “Per Lignum”

(C) The Asperges polyphony, which a few of you still struggle with.


3.) With the exception of that new Alleluia—which is extremely short, by the way—it’s been a while since we’ve learned any new pieces. It’s true that we still haven’t learned the “Per Lignum,” but that was sent to you on 23 July, so I expect we’ll be singing it soon.

Guess what? I’m almost done preparing a new piece we can learn!

It’s a short piece, but it’s very special to me. I think you’ll enjoy it. It was the piece that first made me want to devote my life to being a choirmaster, whereas until that point I had been a pianist. I’ll be sending it to you very soon.