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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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"Nothing should be allowed that is unworthy of divine worship, nothing that is obviously profane or unfit to express the inner, sacred power of prayer. Nothing odd or unusual is allowable, since such things, far from fostering devotion in the praying community, rather shock and upset it—and impede the proper and rightful cultivation of a devotion faithful to tradition."
— Pope Paul VI • 10/13/1966

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Ven. Pope Pius XII Singing The Preface
published 10 April 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

Pope Pius XII was reputed to be a fine violinist. Here’s a recording of His Holiness singing the Preface:


He does not adhere strictly to the rhythm of the official edition (“Editio Vaticana”) which he strongly promoted as a Cardinal, especially in the letter he wrote for Peter Wagner’s student, Joseph Gogniat. In fact, he sings exactly as we would expect an Italian raised in the 1880s to sing. My fervent belief is that we all tend to imitate the Gregorian styles we heard as a child.