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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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Courageous Schola Director Posts “Live” Recording
published 16 January 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

O MICROPHONE can accurately capture the luscious sound of pure voices blending together. That’s a fact I’ve learned over many years of trying; but the results always fall short. I’m always astounded to hear recordings by—to mention just one example—Dr. Tappan’s SCHOLA because I know how incredibly difficult this is!

On the other hand, I did want to demonstrate the progress made by our volunteer choir, so last Sunday I stuck an iPhone in my back pocket as I was conducting. You can faintly hear the thurible “clinks” in the background as the priest incenses the Altar.

Here’s a brief excerpt:


This choir is 100% volunteers, and many don’t read music. They sound nicer each Sunday. We sing for Masses at FSSP.la, which is the new Apostolate in Los Angeles run by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.