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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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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, and twisted concepts, whose only point is their twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use. If we are to have vernacular hymns at all, why do we not have translations of the old ones?”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)
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.