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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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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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