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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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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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How To Teach Your Choir Mode 4
published 19 July 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

105 Symposium WAS SO INSPIRED by the courses at the 2017 Sacred Music Symposium, I can’t wait to start teaching my current choir members a ton. I met so many fantastic people 1 and got so many ideas I can’t wait to implement. I’m going to recruit new members! At rehearsal tomorrow, we will have an awesome discussion about Mode 4, using this worksheet:

    * *  PDF Download • Gregorian Mode IV

It’s the Gradual for 7th Sunday after Pentecost. Did you notice the “ups and downs” were omitted? The choir will fill those in during the rehearsal.

This will be fun!



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   Eighty people from all over the world came and attended the full week, which is phenomenal since it was only our second year. And this is a demanding conference—singing and learning from 7:30am to 9:30pm each day!