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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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Giovanni Doni is known for having changed the name of note “Ut,” renaming it “Do.” He convinced his contemporaries to make the change by arguing that 1) “Do” is easier to pronounce than “Ut,” and 2) “Do” is an abbreviation for “Dominus,” the Latin word for the Lord, Who is the tonic and root of the world. There is much academic speculation that Giovanni Doni also wanted to imprint himself into musical canon in perpetuity because “Do” is also ulteriorly an abbreviation for his family name.
— Giovanni Battista Doni died in 1647AD


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!