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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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Jeffrey M. Ostrowski
published 24 December 2012 by Corpus Christi Watershed

87038-Jeff-Ostrowski-Photograph EFFREY M. OSTROWSKI holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004) and has done graduate work in the fields of Musicology and Education. In February of 2011, Mr. Ostrowski was elected President of Watershed. His scholarship has focused on the historical performance of plainsong and polyphony of the High Renaissance, resulting in several early music CDs and an internationally broadcast television documentary. He founded—and still oversees—the Sacred Music Symposium, which promotes authentic church music at the grass roots level. While serving as assistant organist for Corpus Christi Cathedral, he played on television hundreds of times.

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In the past, he has directed the Cristóbal de Morales Consortium, Corpus Christi Cathedral Schola Cantorum, and a high school choral program. He assisted in the production of the Campion Hymnal and Jogues Missal. Frequently chosen as presenter at the CMAA Colloquium and other national gatherings, Mr. Ostrowski is known across the globe as a composer, and his compositions have been sung in Saint Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City). 1

He currently serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP Apostolate in Los Angeles, CA, where he lives with his wife and two children.


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NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   Mr. Ostrowski also publishes many of his works under a pen name which will be revealed someday.