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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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“Tu Es Petrus” • Commissioned for the Symposium
published 24 July 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

ORPUS CHRISTI WATERSHED commissioned several pieces, which received world premiere performances at the 2017 Sacred Music Symposium. One is a setting of the Communion antiphon for 29 June (Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul). This is actually the feastday of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. Mr. Allen’s motet, however, can be sung at various times. That’s because the moment when Christ uttered the words “Thou art Peter” have deep significance for the Catholic Church, which goes back 2,000 years.

You can download this beautiful piece:

    * *  PDF Download • “Tu Es Petrus” (Kevin Allen)

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Below, it is conducted by Dr. Horst Buchholz—recorded “live” on a handheld device by someone sitting close to the front of church:


The microphone does not accurately capture the beautiful choral sound. I was there, and I can assure you the microphone does not do justice to what we heard.

Below are rehearsal audio files, courtesy of Extraordinary Vegas schola cantorum:

EQUAL VOICES : Mp3 Audio

FIRST SOPRANO : Audio

SECOND SOPRANO : Audio

ALTO : Audio

We plan to release a whole bunch of cool stuff from the 2017 Sacred Music Symposium…stay tuned!