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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modem: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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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.