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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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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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Rehearsal videos • “Gloria” by Father Victoria
published 16 August 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

F ALL THE THINGS that made the 2018 Sacred Music Symposium memorable, the choice of repertoire ranks high. The Mass setting—except for the AGNUS DEI—was composed by Fr. Tomás Luis de Victoria (d. 1611), based on Ave Maris Stella, the ancient Marian hymn. Although not himself a Jesuit, Victoria was a teacher at a Jesuit college in Rome—and his connection to the Mother of God was surely strengthened by the Jesuits of this period, who were known for their tremendous devotion to Mary. It is therefore not surprising to learn how many times throughout his life Fr. Victoria set the Ave Maris Stella.

Our blog authors have a commitment to HONESTY. Therefore, let me be 100% honest: I don’t recommend this piece unless your choir is fantastic. (The Alto line in particular is quite difficult.)


REHEARSAL VIDEOS for each individual voice and PDF score await you at #89424.


You can hear the 2018 Sacred Music Symposium sing this GLORIA by visiting Miss Phoebe’s article:

    * *  Miss Phoebe Wing Article

She posted a YouTube of the entire Mass, including the GLORIA.

At some point, I must place the Victoria Ave Maris Stella Mass parts in order on that page. However, my choir is learning the KYRIE and SANCTUS from that Mass, so I want to keep them towards the top for the time being.