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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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“I grew up listening to Lessons & Carols from Cambridge and that was Advent-Christmas for me. Then I moved to Rome and discovered Rorate Masses, the Novena of the Immaculate Conception with the Tota Pulchra, the Christmas Novena, the O Antiphons, the Aspiciens, the Rorate Coeli, the Alma Redemptoris Mater: that's Advent for me now. I am glad to see seminarians all over the United States doing Lessons & Carols, but are they learning our ancient Roman traditions alongside a 20th-century Anglican one?”
— Rev. Christopher Smith

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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.