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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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“Gerard Manley Hopkins once argued that most people drank more liquids than they really needed and bet that he could go without drinking for a week. He persisted until his tongue was black and he collapsed at drill.”
— A biography of Fr. Gerard M. Hopkins (d. 1889)

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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.