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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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We sternly urge adherence to the established norms by those who raise an uproar or a challenge in the name of a misunderstood creative freedom, and thus inflict so much harm on the Church with their rash innovations, so vulgar, so frivolous—and sometimes even lamentably profane. Otherwise the essence of dogma and obviously of ecclesiastical discipline will be weakened, in line with the famous axiom: "lex orandi, lex credendi." We therefore call for absolute loyalty so that the rule of faith may remain safe.
— Pope Paul VI (27 June 1977)

“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:




ALTO : Audio

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