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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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"I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997

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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