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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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"As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people — whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter."
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler (1997)

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 19 December 2016
published 19 December 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski


Christmas Midnight Mass is five days away! We have new music to begin learning after Christmas, so let’s take the final challenge. Let’s learn the “Christe” Section of the KYRIE by Palestrina and try to sing it at Midnight Mass! This emphasis is reflected here:

550 chart

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

100 = Palestrina Kyrie #6995   PLUS “Christe”

60 = O Magnum Mysterium #3792

60 = Cantique de Noël #6800

60 = Canonic Gloria #3610

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

Please make sure to review the FULL MIDNIGHT MASS LINEUP.


Is this list still correct?

ON SATURDAY NIGHT (24 December) :
Faustina G.
Emily E.
Noemi E.
Judy E.
Ashley E.
Adeline C.
Claire Coul. (?)
Genevieve W.
Margaret W.
Cecilia T.

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

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

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

Veronica M.
Sicily M.
Andrea B.
Mark B.
Dwayne C.
If you don’t see us underneath the Church, we’re in Father’s little Chapel next to the Parking Lot.

Remember we will be in the dark, so you MUST know your music very well. Jo Anne is bringing a tiny light for your binder.

Remember Jeff has to go setup the choir loft at 11:35pm, so we only have an hour to rehearse.

Please TRY YOUR BEST to arrive no later than 10:30pm.

Choose “extra” nice clothing, as a special Christmas gift to our Lord. After Midnight Mass, Father will take a picture with the choir.



1525 South Orange Grove Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019


4:00pm – 7:00pm. (26 December, Monday)


Choir party, with excellent catered food. If you want to bring desserts or drinks, you’re welcome.

Choir Party Info was updated on December 23, 2016.