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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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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

PDF Booklet • Christmas Midnight Mass (36 pages)
published 22 December 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

E CAN PRETEND we don’t care about what other choirs are doing—but it’s a lie. Let’s be honest: We music directors love seeing what other groups are singing, and from which scores. I am often surprised nobody talks more about Westminster Cathedral Choir lists, which are available online. (That’s a Catholic group; the Anglican group is Westminster Abbey.) Their programs seemingly encompass every piece of choral music ever written…

Anyhow, feel free to download our Midnight Mass booklet:

    * *  PDF Download • Midnight Mass Booklet (36 pages)

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It looks so simple when placed in a booklet like that…but it has taken us a while to learn all that music. Rehearsal videos for all the music can be found here—for each individual voice!

I doubt I will blog again before Christmas, so…


85796 May Jesus Christ Be Praised