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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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Chabanel Psalms … In Dutch?
published 19 August 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

IVE YEARS AGO, my friend Steven Van Roode asked if he could adapt my Chabanel Psalms for the Dutch language. I gladly gave permission, but never dreamed how marvelous would be his results. Steven has put together a sensational website for his project, which he calls “Klein Graduale.” Moreover, he’s collected a whole bunch of splendid recordings, done in various churches.

It’s very strange—but wonderful—to hear my Chabanel melodies adapted for the Dutch language. Here’s an example:


Steven has promised to contribute a guest blog, explaining in greater detail how he made his adaptations. He already posted vimeo recordings, as well as a YouTube channel. In one of the videos, the cantors do something I never thought of; they alternate singing the verses.

Our CHABANEL WEBSITE is functional, but needs to be redone, so that it will look nicer and more professional.