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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

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PDF Download • Symposium Booklet (159 pages)
published 12 June 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE SYMPOSIUM BOOKLET will be given to each participant in a beautiful hard-bound version. (It will also contain additional items not provided in the DRAFT COPY below.) This is done each year, and the folks seem to appreciate it. This booklet is probably unlike anything you’ve seen before. That’s because it’s a “teaching” booklet. In other words, the entire thing is designed to give choirmasters helpful tips and intriguing ideas; and we talk about all the information contained in this (somewhat bizarre) packet, which is made completely from scratch each year. We delve into each page, explaining different approaches.

Feel free to download this very large (170MB) draft copy. I am sure there are plenty of errors hidden in these pages:

    * *  PDF Download • Draft Booklet (159 pages)

Update: The completed file (not the Draft File above) came to 238 pages, and we corrected many errors! Thank you!

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