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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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“Although the mass contains great instruction for the faithful people, nevertheless, it has not seemed expedient to the Fathers, that it should be every where celebrated in the vulgar tongue. Wherefore, the ancient usage of each church, and the rite approved of by the holy Roman Church, the mother and mistress of all churches, being in each place retained; and, that the sheep of Christ may not suffer hunger, nor the little ones ask for bread, and there be none to break it unto them, the holy Synod charges pastors, and all who have the cure of souls, that they frequently, during the celebration of mass, expound either by themselves, or others, some portion of those things which are read at mass, and that, amongst the rest, they explain some mystery of this most holy sacrifice, especially on the Lord's days and festivals.”
— Council of Trent (17 September 1562)

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(Recorded Live) • “Agnus Dei” at the Symposium
published 24 June 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski
“It was the most wonderful experience I have had in a long time, for it both introduced me to knowledge which I could not otherwise easily acquire, and also connected me with the most wonderful people who brought a taste of the strength of the medieval musical school to the present day. I will be processing it for a long time, and hope that I will be able to retain even a fraction of the experience.”
—2018 Participant from New Hampshire


HEN IT COMES to making choir recordings, I go back and forth. On the one hand, microphones never accurately reproduce the true choral sound—the recorded sound is harsh and “flat” compared to the true choral sound we hear when physically present in the church. On the other hand, choir recordings can serve as a nice “memento” or “reminder” of wonderful experiences and awesome friends.

Here is a live excerpt from the final Symposium Mass, which took place last Friday evening. It is Kevin Allen’s AGNUS DEI conducted by Dr. Horst Buchholz:


About 450 people attended the Mass on Friday night—which is pretty amazing when you consider how most Americans choose to spend their Friday evening.