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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 my capacity as the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I continue to remind all that the celebration toward the East (versus orientem) is authorized by the rubrics of the missal, which specify the moments when the celebrant must turn toward the people. A particular authorization is, therefore, not needed to celebrate Mass facing the Lord.”
— Robert Cardinal Sarah, 23 May 2016

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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.