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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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Giovanni Doni is known for having changed the name of note “Ut,” renaming it “Do.” He convinced his contemporaries to make the change by arguing that 1) “Do” is easier to pronounce than “Ut,” and 2) “Do” is an abbreviation for “Dominus,” the Latin word for the Lord, Who is the tonic and root of the world. There is much academic speculation that Giovanni Doni also wanted to imprint himself into musical canon in perpetuity because “Do” is also ulteriorly an abbreviation for his family name.
— Giovanni Battista Doni died in 1647AD

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“Live Excerpts” … With One Rehearsal
published 12 February 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

E ATTEMPTED something on Quinquagesima Sunday: men’s voices only. We had one rehearsal, and someone kindly sent me these “live” excerpts from the Mass:


Considering we had but one rehearsal, I’m pleased…and this is something we will do again, because I think our first attempt shows great potential. By the way, the little pocket recorder doesn’t do justice the actual choir sound—indeed, it reproduces the beauty in a deplorably inaccurate way.

The idea at FSSP.la has always been to choose people from the pews—many of whom have never sung before—and teach them the holy chants of the church. Can this be challenging? Certainly, but the rewards are awesome.