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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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“There are no hymns, in this sense, till the fourth century; they were not admitted to the Roman office till the twelfth. No Eastern rite to this day knows this kind of hymn. Indeed, in our Roman rite we still have the archaic offices of the last days of Holy Week and of the Easter octave, which—just because they are archaic—have no hymns.”
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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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.