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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 sternly urge adherence to the established norms by those who raise an uproar or a challenge in the name of a misunderstood creative freedom, and thus inflict so much harm on the Church with their rash innovations, so vulgar, so frivolous—and sometimes even lamentably profane. Otherwise the essence of dogma and obviously of ecclesiastical discipline will be weakened, in line with the famous axiom: "lex orandi, lex credendi." We therefore call for absolute loyalty so that the rule of faith may remain safe.
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Los Angeles • Audio Excerpts from Solemn Mass
published 9 May 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

AST SUNDAY, 6 May 2018, Solemn Mass was offered by Rev. Gerard Saguto at the FSSP Apostolate in Los Angeles. Fr. Saguto is FSSP District Superior in the United States:

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Insanity has been described as “doing the same over and over while expecting different results.” Time and again I have tried to make clear that pocket recordings do not faithfully reproduce choral sound. In real life, the sounds I hear are absolutely luscious and absolutely glorious. Yet, when I hear a playback from a pocket recording device—such as my iPhone—I hear terrible distortion. The playback too often sounds harsh, trashy, and “flattened.”

But I never learn my lesson…and I continue to post excerpts because I want to give an idea of what we do here in Los Angeles. You can hear some iPhone recordings of the singing courtesy of the “TLM LA” YouTube channel. (The Communion Hymn at the 4:00 marker came out nicely.)

Remember:

Pocket recording devices do not reproduce choral sound with anything approaching accuracy.