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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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iPhone Clip • From Sacred Music Symposium 2018
published 19 June 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

AINT John Mary Vianney reminds us: “The Good Lord is indeed good.” We are unworthy of His love, yet our Divine Master fails not to shower His love upon us. For the last two years, God has sent us the most fabulous presenters and participants—and this year is no different.

A brief excerpt from yesterday’s rehearsal, with conductor Kevin Allen:


The days are very long and absolutely packed—but the people are so great, the time flies by.