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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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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, twisted concepts, whose only point is there twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use.”
— Rev. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Dom Joseph Gajard (1885-1972)
published 23 January 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

849 Dom Joseph Gajard OM JOSEPH GAJARD. Born in Sonzay (Indre and Loire), June 25, 1885, professed at Solesmes, August 15, 1911. He became assistant to Dom Mocquereau in 1911. He thus had a part in the publication of the 2nd volume of the Nombre Musical Grégorien and some Vatican books after 1913.

In 1946, he was named Director of the (founded in 1911), in which he published many practical articles, and in 1954, of the Études Grégoriennes of a more scientific content, founded the same year. At last, he directed the Paléographic Musicale, founded by Dom Mocquereau and conducted all the recordings of Gregorian Chant until his death on April 25, 1972, Voix de son Maitre in 1930 (Victor), and Decca from 1951 on.