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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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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X
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.