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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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“There are no hymns, in this sense, till the fourth century; they were not admitted to the Roman office till the twelfth. No Eastern rite to this day knows this kind of hymn. Indeed, in our Roman rite we still have the archaic offices of the last days of Holy Week and of the Easter octave, which—just because they are archaic—have no hymns.”
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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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.