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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 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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Msgr. Francis P. Schmitt Reviews the NOH (1958)
published 14 January 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

ONSIGNOR SCHMITT was a great writer. On the other hand, he made plenty of errors as an editor (and admitted this in his autobiography). For example, he often spells Disciplina as “Discplinia,” and Joseph Gogniat as “Joseph Cogniat.” In the index, the below is referenced as “Nova Organdi,” instead of Nova Organi. Watershed first placed the Nova Organi Harmonia (NOH) online in 2008.

      * *  1958 Review of the Nova Organi Harmonia — by Msgr. Francis P. Schmitt

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