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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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“To treat harmony and rhythm in this matter was a difficult matter. Facing numerous problems both large and small—that arose constantly—we understood that a flawless harmonization of Gregorian chant cannot be created by improvisation, no matter the competence and ability of the organist or harmonist.”
— Mons. Jules Van Nuffel, NOH Preface

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Does This Cartoon Sound Rude?
published 14 January 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

DOES THIS CARTOON come across as rude? What do you think?

If our tone is rude, we won’t win anybody to our cause … It was supposed to be a “lighthearted” way to point out that volunteer musicians shouldn’t have to be Theologians, but somehow the “humor” sounds snarky to my ear.

6229 Graduale Romanum


Yes, I do understand that the intention is good: to “get people thinking” about why we substitute our own choices for the texts assigned by the Church at Entrance, Offertory, & Communion.

Your thoughts?