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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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“We decided to entrust this work to learned men of our selection. They very carefully collated all their work with the ancient codices in Our Vatican Library and with reliable, preserved or emended codices from elsewhere. Besides this, these men consulted the works of ancient and approved authors concerning the same sacred rites; and thus they have restored the Missal itself to the original form and rite of the holy Fathers.”
— Pope St. Pius V (Quo Primum, 1570)

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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.