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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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Jeff Ostrowski's Symposium Talk • Released!
published 8 June 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

ARLIER THIS WEEK, I promised to release my 98-minute speech online if we could garner enough pledges to donate $30 to Corpus Christi Watershed. I’m so grateful to everyone who made a pledge, and we met our goal. This talk was delivered live at the 2016 Sacred Music Symposium, and here’s the recording:

    * *  98-Minute Mp3 • “FIFTY TIPS FOR TRAINING AMATEUR CHOIRS

These solutions may not work for everyone; I can only share what I have done. You can use my suggestions or discard them.

YOU’LL WANT TO DOWNLOAD the following fifty “bullet points” to help you follow the speech:

    * *  PDF 50 Bullet Points From This Speech

During the speech, I talked about the musical scores, which were designed to give choirmasters inspiration for “shape” programs:

    * *  PDF Symposium Score Booklets (128 pages)

It’s important give your singers and congregation literal translations:

    * *  PDF Congregational Booklet (47 pages)

Finally, I promised to release the “cheat sheet” from my talk about sacred music resources online, and here it is:

    * *  PDF Cheat Sheet