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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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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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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!