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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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“Every experienced choirmaster’s work is founded on the following three axioms: (1) Few boys have a really good natural voice; (2) No boy is able to control his voice and produce good tone without training; (3) Most boys have a good ear, and considerable imitative capacity. It is on the last of these axioms that the choirmaster must begin his work.”
— Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1912)

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PDF Download: Saint Mark's Hymnal For Catholics In The United States (1910)
published 31 December 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

500 Saint Mark's Hymnal 1911 ERE, FOR THE VERY first time, you can download a PDF copy of Saint Mark’s Hymnal from 1910. All things considered, it is a very nice collection:

      * *  PDF Download: St. Mark’s Hymnal (1910)

Try to place your mind in the year 1910. Notice the section called «HYMNS FOR THOSE AT SEA» —imagine what it must have been like in those days to travel across the ocean in a boat! Once you realize how brutal the times must have been, you’ll get a better picture of what an achievement this hymnal was. I especially like how they included hymns for important Catholic feasts such as the Transfiguration.

Even though it’s a Catholic hymn book, you’ll notice some Protestant authors like Wesley. Sometimes some funky language is employed, too (“Let the bands of the alien flee”). It was produced by St. Mark’s Parish in Peoria, IL.

With our modern technology, we can surely do even better today … and that’s what the Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal Project is all about: please stay tuned!