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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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Why do we never sing “De Spiritu Sancto” (St. Athenogenes) in our churches? There are a dozen translations in English verse. Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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PDF Download • SATB “Sanctus” by Orlando de Lassus
published 7 October 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

HERE ARE APPROXIMATELY sixty-two (62) people who sing in the parish choirs I direct, and I have found that rehearsal videos can save time during rehearsals. Very soon we will release a new (updated) website, and we have some incredible contributors lined up—they will begin blogging when the new site launches. One of them grew up singing in England, and has some amazing stories to tell about the way singers in England can sight-read polyphony. I have no idea what he would think of the concept of “rehearsal videos,” but I suppose we will find out soon enough…

We have completed part 1 of a Sanctus by Orlando de Lassus (considered by some to be the greatest composer of all time). When part 2 is finished, we’ll release that, as well.

    * *  PDF Download • Sanctus & Hosanna (Part 1 of 2)


REHEARSAL VIDEOS for each individual voice and PDF score await you at #81362.

Fun Fact: It turns out that iPad and iPhone can utilize the “search” function on a website. Just start typing something in the actual URL searchbar—e.g. try “81362”—and then something will appear upon which you can select “ON THIS PAGE.”   Using the search bar saves time!