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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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“Oh, the happy choir director who is hired to start work on a brand new choir, or who walks into his first rehearsal a total stranger to the existing group—what a fortunate man he is! The new choir director who is a former member of the choir, or a member of the congregation, or the nephew of the alto soloist, or a former altar boy, or otherwise well acquainted with the choir, is in for a few headaches.”
— Paul Hume (1956)

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Audio Samples • Can A Volunteer Choir Sing Excellent Music At Mass?
published 27 June 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

E ARE BLESSED WITH a fantastic volunteer choir at our FSSP apostolate in Los Angeles. In less than two years, we’ve come so far—and I think you’ll agree we’re on the right path! Remember that many of these good folks had never sung in a choir until recently. Each week we sound a little better, and we hope to show Los Angeles that volunteer choirs can do authentic sacred music at Mass.

The microphone wasn’t placed correctly, so these recordings don’t accurately represent the beautiful choral sounds from last night—but they give a rough idea:

    * *  “Live” Mp3 • PROCESSIONAL

    * *  “Live” Mp3 • KYRIE

    * *  “Live” Mp3 • GLORIA

    * *  “Live” Mp3 • GRADUAL & ALLELUIA

    * *  “Live” Mp3 • CREDO IV

    * *  “Live” Mp3 • SANCTUS

    * *  “Live” Mp3 • BENEDICTUS & HOSANNA

    * *  “Live” Mp3 • TRINITY HYMN

    * *  “Live” Mp3 • RECESSIONAL

Our members didn’t allow nerves to get the better of them—even though the church was overflowing with people for last night’s special pontifical:

396 Packed Church


Attendance was pretty amazing, considering how hot it was yesterday. Temperatures here in Los Angeles have been quite high lately—and multiply that times two to know the heat level in the choir loft!


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