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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)


COMMUNIQUÉ / POLYPHONY / BULLETIN / UPDATE
FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 3 June 2016
published 3 June 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

(1)

This coming Sunday, 5 June, our choir will not sing.

You have earned a break, after all you’ve done!


(2)

This Sunday will still be a High Mass. I, myself, will sing the Mass. I have chosen a Cantor to help me, whose voice type matches mine.


(3)

You have all done such excellent work. I was particularly moved by those of you who signed up for the Sacred Music Symposium, and made tremendous sacrifices for three days. Awesome job!


(4)

Of course you are not required to attend our Mass this Sunday, because we are not singing.

Nevertheless, it would be awesome to see you there!

Moreover—with the generous help of Rene—we are trying to demonstrate the perfect unity of voices required for Gregorian chant. We have done very well on polyphony, but we need to start doing a much better job singing our Gregorian chants. More soon… God bless!