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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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"As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people — whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter."
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler (1997)

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How Low Can You Sing?
published 14 March 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

OW LOW CAN YOU SING? I bet you can’t sing this low! Sometimes Giovanni Gabrieli sends the Bass section down to a low C. It’s actually a low C-flat, because they sing the piece lowered by a 1/2 step. I can’t even hear these pitches—can you?


This comes from a marvelous recording (circa 1968) by the Gregg Smith Singers, E. Power Biggs, Texas Boys Choir, Vittorio Negri, and more. There’s a fascinating story behind this recording—made in Venice—but that will have to be shared another day.

Listen to the entire piece at this link.