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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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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.