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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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Can You Hear The Difference?
published 24 August 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

178 Krakow T HAS BEEN and continues to be my belief that mixing “real voices” for the Watershed rehearsal videos sounds better than having just my voice singing all the parts.

The following videos allow for an “Apples to Apples” comparison:

   *  Version A • Jeff’s Voice Only

   *  Version B • “Real” Voices (Men & Women)

Do you agree Version B sounds a lot nicer? Please let me know your thoughts in the Watershed combox on Facebook. 1

A true choral sound—which is what composers usually had in mind—requires a minimum of three (3) voices per part. That means the minimum number of voices for SATB is twelve singers. We cannot manage something like that for these rehearsal videos…but maybe some day! Father Carlo Rossini probably had a point when he demanded five singers on each part. Even the world’s greatest four (4) singers singing SATB cannot replace a choir sound.



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1   While I do not have personal a Facebook account, pertinent comments are forwarded to me by a CCW volunteer.