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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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"Upon the road, René was always occupied with God. His words and the discourses he held were all expressive of submission to the commands of Divine Providence, and showed a willing acceptance of the death which God was sending him. He gave himself to God as a sacrifice, to be reduced to ashes by the fires of the Iroquois, which that good Father's hand would kindle. He sought the means to bless Him in all things and everywhere. Covered with wounds as he himself was, Goupil dressed the wounds of other persons, of the enemies who had received some blows in the fight as well as those of the prisoners. He opened the vein for a sick Iroquois. And he did it all with as much charity as if he had done it to persons who were his best friends."
— St. Isaac Jogues (writing in 1643)

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“Pater Noster” by Monsignor Jules Van Nuffel
published 8 May 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

AVE YOU applied to the 2018 Sacred Music Symposium, to be held in June? If not, why not? We have accepted 75 singers, but a few spots still remain. Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity! For example, participants will sing a marvelous composition by Msgr. Jules Van Nuffel, whose artistry has inspired everything in my musical career, ever since I first discovered him in 1998, thanks to Dr. Daniel Politoske. 1

This breathtaking “Our Father” will close the Symposium:

HAVE recorded rehearsal videos for each individual line, and you can access them at the following website, along with information about the PDF score:

    * *  PATER NOSTER (Rehearsal videos)Search for number 89161

For example, here’s my practice video for the TENOR voice:


Those who attend the Symposium this year will learn how I create rehearsal videos like those. You owe it to yourself to visit that web link, listen to some rehearsal videos, and consider whether you should apply for the 2018 Sacred Music Symposium.



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   Jules Van Nuffel composes using a “contemporary” (modern) harmonic language, as opposed to, for example, a Romantic, Baroque, or Classical style. There are also “contemporary” (living) composers who attempt to imitate former styles—but Jules Van Nuffel does not fall into that category.