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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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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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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.