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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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“The sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl, when suddenly a clamor was heard from all the people. The sun, whirling, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible.”
— Dr. Almeida Garrett, professor of natural sciences at the University of Coimbra (1917)


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.