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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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“After the Second Vatican Council, the impression arose that the pope really could do anything in liturgical matters, especially if he were acting on the mandate of an ecumenical council. Eventually, the idea of the givenness of the liturgy, the fact that one cannot do with it what one will, faded from the public consciousness of the West.”
— Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

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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.