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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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“To treat harmony and rhythm in this matter was a difficult matter. Facing numerous problems both large and small—that arose constantly—we understood that a flawless harmonization of Gregorian chant cannot be created by improvisation, no matter the competence and ability of the organist or harmonist.”
— Mons. Jules Van Nuffel, NOH Preface

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(Video) • Closing Mass of Symposium 2018
published 9 July 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

O MANY THINGS make the Sacred Music Symposium unique. One example has to do with how we approach the sacred liturgy. We could have all kinds of camera people at Mass taking photos, audio, and video—but we don’t. We feel that only in extremely rare circumstances should cameras be allowed during the Holy Mass. We feel that the Real Presence of JESUS CHRIST is something that must be constantly reverenced whenever we’re at Church.

Sometimes, however, it’s possible to place small recording devices at Mass without distracting anyone’s prayer. (The quality is never professional, and the audio does not accurately reproduce the choral sound.)

A small recording device was placed at the back of the church:


IMPORTANT : In the description to the YouTube video, you will find “track marks” which allow you to skip to individual musical selections. Thanks to Miss P.W.

A statement from one of the participants:

“The Symposium was wonderful. I have attended similar programs in the past, but what set this experience apart was that the Faith was at its center. Being surrounded by like-minded Catholics for five days was refreshing, and singing the most beautiful music in the world—with dozens of wonderful individuals who cherish the rich body of Tradition and meaning behind it—was lovely. It was like being in virtual heaven for the length of a work week.”

By the way, the musical presentation before the Final Mass was absolutely fantastic—and we are looking into whether that can also be released online.