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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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“I grew up listening to Lessons & Carols from Cambridge and that was Advent-Christmas for me. Then I moved to Rome and discovered Rorate Masses, the Novena of the Immaculate Conception with the Tota Pulchra, the Christmas Novena, the O Antiphons, the Aspiciens, the Rorate Coeli, the Alma Redemptoris Mater: that's Advent for me now. I am glad to see seminarians all over the United States doing Lessons & Carols, but are they learning our ancient Roman traditions alongside a 20th-century Anglican one?”
— Rev. Christopher Smith


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FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 15 December 2016
published 15 December 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

NINE DAYS AWAY

Christmas Midnight Mass is just nine days away! The pieces you should emphasize are:

555 Chart


Do you understand the chart? Another way to think about it:

100 = Palestrina Kyrie #6995

80 = O Magnum Mysterium #3792

60 = Cantique de Noël #6800

40 = Canonic Gloria #3610

20 = Mass Propers (Men, Introit — Ladies, Communion)

You can also view the FULL MIDNIGHT MASS LINEUP.


CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT

Did I get this list correct? Did I forget someone? Is your name correct?

THESE SINGERS WILL SHOW UP
NO LATER THAN 10:30pm
inside Father’s little Chapel next to the parking lot
ON SATURDAY NIGHT (24 December) :

SOPRANO
Faustina G.
Emily E.
Noemi E.
Judy E.
Ashley E.
Adeline C.
Claire Coul.
Genevieve W.
Margaret W.
Cecilia T.

ALTO
Pauline G.
Xiomara G.
Gianna G.
Fleurette C.
Bernadette C.
Jo Anne P.
Catherine C.
Margaret C.

TENOR
Francisco de la P.
Meaghan K.
Colette A.
Christie K.
Andrew Coyne (possible)
Iffy E.

BASS
Rene W.
Joe C.
Aaron E.
Scott B.
Mark G.

THESE CANNOT ATTEND:
Veronica M.
Sicily M.
Andrea B.
Mark B.
Dwayne C.


THIS COMING SUNDAY

Because Christmas is so near, it is very very very very very very important you arrive NO LATER THAN 5:30pm this coming Sunday.

You can view the lineup for this coming Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Advent.


ANCIENT CHANTS

The chants we sing are so very ancient! For example, below (MS-D-19 page 21) is the Communion which will be sung by the Ladies at Xmas Midnight Mass. Ladies, do you recognize it? Because Xmas Midnight will be celebrated by candle light, you’ll need to know it really well:

554 In Splendoribus


At 5:00pm on 26 December (Monday night) we will meet at Beverly Hills and go around the houses singing carols. I hope you will consider coming. Afterward, we will go to the house of Judy E. for a Choir Christmas Party!