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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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Proof Good People Still Exist
published 25 December 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

IDNIGHT MASS in Hollywood with the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP.la) was fabulous. I must say, the choral sound was prayerful and beautiful. In particular, the way their voices tackled Guerrero’s BENEDICTUS (Missa Beata Mater) was truly sublime, as was their “O Magnum Mysterium” by Tomás Luis de Victoria, a Roman Catholic priest. After Mass—around 2:00am—we took a choir photograph. (Does your choir ever take photos?)

Our two FSSP priests joined us for the photo:

527 FSSP


In a world that seems increasingly filled with cold indifference, ignorance, and malice, I feel so blessed to work with delightful people like these.

For the record, several singers shown in this photo have assisted with the Corpus Christi Watershed polyphonic rehearsal videos.

Our Solemn Mass (with Deacon & Subdeacon) at Midnight on Christmas is always done in complete darkness, except for candles.