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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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“Partly on account of these alterations, and partly because I have been unable to ascertain the authorship of many compositions—which have come to me either in manuscript or through other collections—I have thought it right to publish the volume without appending the names of writers to their works. This, however, I confess to be a defect…”
— Benjamin Hall Kennedy (1863)

Rehearsal Videos • Masterpiece w/ Cantus Firmus
published 9 June 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

URING A DISCUSSION at the Sacred Music Symposium, we spoke about the importance of “layered” pieces for volunteer choirs. I hope you will go here and download the 128-page musical book, because page 70 is devoted entirely to the concept of layered pieces. Moreover, I hope you will visit this page and find #3473, because otherwise the following piece will confuse you. It can replace verse 3, and that’s why I’ve called it “Verse 3b.” It uses that same beautiful Gregorian hymn for the CANTUS FIRMUS in a spectacular way. (I really do hope you’ll investigate #3473 !!!)

Can you tell which voice is not mine? 1

    * *  PDF Download • Verse 3b from HYMN TO THE SACRED TRINITY


EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

SOPRANO : YouTube   •   Audio

CANTUS FIRMUS : YouTube   •   Audio

ALTO : YouTube   •   Audio

TENOR : YouTube   •   Audio

BASS : YouTube   •   Audio


1   I used a professional singer for one of the voice parts.