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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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Had the Church never spoken on this matter, it would still be repugnant to our Catholic people’s sense of what is fit and proper in the holiest of places, that a priest should have to struggle through the prayers of the Holy Mass, because of such tunes as “Alice, where art thou?” the “Vacant Chair,” and others of more vulgar title, which, through the carelessness or bad judgment of organists, sometimes find their way into our choirs.
— Preface to a Roman Catholic Hymnal (1896)

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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.