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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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“To treat harmony and rhythm in this matter was a difficult matter. Facing numerous problems both large and small—that arose constantly—we understood that a flawless harmonization of Gregorian chant cannot be created by improvisation, no matter the competence and ability of the organist or harmonist.”
— Mons. Jules Van Nuffel, NOH Preface

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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