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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 the '60s, I thought this emphasis on congregational singing was to encourage good Catholic hymns like "Immaculate Mary" and so forth … but after the Council, they threw them out, too!
— Fr. Valentine Young, OFM (2007)

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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.