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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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“Oh, the happy choir director who is hired to start work on a brand new choir, or who walks into his first rehearsal a total stranger to the existing group—what a fortunate man he is! The new choir director who is a former member of the choir, or a member of the congregation, or the nephew of the alto soloist, or a former altar boy, or otherwise well acquainted with the choir, is in for a few headaches.”
— Paul Hume (1956)
How does Chabanel measure up?
published 20 November 2010 by Jeff Ostrowski

In honor of THIS BRAND NEW CHABANEL PROJECT (Nov. 2010), here is a special video that compares samples of Chabanel Psalms to other popular Responsorial Psalms:

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It will be noticed that the Chabanel Refrains follow the model of chant: free rhythm, Gregorian modality, no difficult leaps, and a limited range, easily singable by anyone.

The “typical” Responsorial Psalms are all rhythmically composed & rhythmically driven. Furthermore, they employ Major-minor tonality instead of the Church modes. They also use a lot of syncopation and hard skips.