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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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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)
Free Hymn Harmonizations Online
published 22 September 2011 by Jeff Ostrowski

So many hymnals contain songs that have but 1-2 verses. By the time the musician pulls out the correct book, gets the choir on the right page, tells the congregation the number, and starts playing the hymn, it is practically over! This is very frustrating for the musician.

The hymns in the Vatican II Hymnal were carefully chosen, and usually have between 5-7 verses. You can freely download hundreds and hundreds of pages of organ accompaniments for hymns, and we plan on adding more and more versions each week. The tunes we chose are solid melodies with and good theology.

Click here to learn more about the Vatican II Hymnal.