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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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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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The Passing Of Helen Hull Hitchcock
published 21 October 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

753 Helen H IA EMAIL, we’ve received sad news. Helen Hitchcock has passed away. I was sorry to learn this, but I believe she is in Heaven.

Helen was a rare person. She cared deeply about others. She was a faithful Roman Catholic. She dedicated her life to the Church, putting all her other hopes, dreams, and aspirations on hold. Surely God will reward her for this.

I met Helen several times. She was absolutely consumed with a desire to help the Church. She possessed no jealousy. Her only concern was serving God and loving her family.

Helen Hull Hitchcock (“HHH”) headed ADOREMUS, a very important organization. I really hope ADOREMUS will continue, because its work was crucial. As a matter of fact, it was probably the most important organization dedicated to the Sacred Liturgy for about twenty years. But whether or not her organization continues is no longer her concern. She fought the good fight. Her struggles are over now.