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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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Rehearsal videos • “Kyrie” by Josquin des Prez (d. 1521)
published 11 July 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET ??  This secret involves singing hymns in parts: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass. Very soon, the JP2 Institute will be releasing the St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal, and you’ll never guess what we plan to do. For the hymns in this 900-page book, we will create rehearsal videos to help volunteer choirs sing in SATB.

To understand “individual” you must click on #89415 … (see below).

We explored rehearsal videos at the 2018 Symposium. Different participants volunteered to record each line for this Josquin KYRIE based Ave Maris Stella (a famous Gregorian hymn):


REHEARSAL VIDEOS for each individual voice and PDF score await you at #89415.


Many readers won’t click on that link (#89415)—depriving themselves of the PDF score.

Neither will they experience the individual tracks.

That makes me sad.

Singers heard on this video: Phoebe Wing, Chase Fowler, and David Thielman.

I tried to do pitch correction, but these singers hardly needed it—they were spot on! My pitch is terrible compared to theirs.