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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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Blast From The Past!
published 15 May 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

NE OF MY DEAR FRIENDS sent me photographs taken sixteen years ago. Here’s how the Latin Mass looked in those days:

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In my college years, I carved several sets of liturgical torches. The following images show how they came out:


My torches had a fatal flaw. Being made of wood, several of them caught on fire! We hope to find someone here in Los Angeles who knows how to work with metal. We need to create new torches, made from metal with colored glass. The final product would look something like this:


If you’re like me, you tend to look down on old projects. This is certainly the case with my first sets of torches, which I made circa 2000. However, I have to admit that—as seen in the following photo from our 2007 wedding—the torches I created were not that terrible:

496 Catholic Mass Torchbearers


… but we still want metal ones for Los Angeles!