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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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“I grew up listening to Lessons & Carols from Cambridge and that was Advent-Christmas for me. Then I moved to Rome and discovered Rorate Masses, the Novena of the Immaculate Conception with the Tota Pulchra, the Christmas Novena, the O Antiphons, the Aspiciens, the Rorate Coeli, the Alma Redemptoris Mater: that's Advent for me now. I am glad to see seminarians all over the United States doing Lessons & Carols, but are they learning our ancient Roman traditions alongside a 20th-century Anglican one?”
— Rev. Christopher Smith

Accompanying Gregorian Chant: “Counter-Melody”
published 4 July 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

VERY NIGHT at the Sacred Music Symposium, participants sing Solemn Vespers. You might guess that they would struggle with the Latin, but somehow it always works out perfectly. Sometimes the psalms are accompanied by the organ—adding wonderful variety to the ceremonies. Do you hear the haunting “counter-melody” added by the organist to several verses?

The chanting of the Psalms probably could have been done slightly faster—but we must remember that many participants were singing Vespers for the very first time!

The most incredible Vespers booklet of all time was created by Albert Bloomfield and can be downloaded or purchased on Amazon.

Folks, that is an incredible Vespers book!!!!

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