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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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“The authority of the Pope is not unlimited. It is at the service of Sacred Tradition. Still less is any kind of general ‘freedom’ of manufacture, degenerating into spontaneous improvisation, compatible with the essence of faith and liturgy. The greatness of the liturgy depends—we shall have to repeat this frequently—on its lack of spontaneity.”
— Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (2000)
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.