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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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“Vatican II did not say anything about the direction of the celebrant. […] I love both directions of celebrating Mass. Both are full of meaning for me. Both help me to encounter Christ—and that is, after all, the purpose of the liturgy.”
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Strong Vibrato • What Do You Think?
published 5 April 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

USICIANS AGREE ON VERY LITTLE. (Full stop.) However, when it comes to vibrato, most agree that “straight tone” becomes desirable the further back you go (Renaissance, Medieval, and so forth) whereas a more prominent vibrato becomes appropriate the closer you get to—let’s say—Giuseppe Verdi.

In my view, a controlled “tight” vibrato can be quite a beautiful thing:


On the other hand, too much vibrato can obscure the melodic line and become quite distracting. (It can even become the “u” word.) Do you agree the lady on the left pushes the envelope?


What do you think of a strong vibrato? Specifically, in the context of choral music?

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