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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 Church has always kept, and wishes still to maintain everywhere, the language of her Liturgy; and, before the sad and violent changes of the 16th century, this eloquent and effective symbol of unity of faith and communion of the faithful was, as you know, cherished in England not less than elsewhere. But this has never been regarded by the Holy See as incompatible with the use of popular hymns in the language of each country.”
— Pope Leo XIII (1898)

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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.