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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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"The Consilium is merely an assembly of people, many of them incompetent, and others well advanced on the road to novelty. The discussions are extremely hurried. Discussions are based on impressions and the voting is chaotic. […] Many of those who have influenced the reform […] have no love, and no veneration of that which has been handed down to us. They begin by despising everything that is actually there. This negative mentality is unjust and pernicious, and unfortunately, Paul VI tends a little to this side. They have all the best intentions, but with this mentality they have only been able to demolish and not to restore."
— Contemporary account of the Consilium by Cardinal Antonelli

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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.