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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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“How can we enter into this interior disposition except by turning physically—all together, priest and faithful—toward the Lord who comes, toward the East symbolized by the apse where the cross is enthroned? The outward orientation leads us to the interior orientation that it symbolizes. Since apostolic times, Christians have been familiar with this way of praying. It is not a matter of celebrating with one’s back to the people or facing them, but toward the East, «ad Dominum», toward the Lord.”
— Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship (October 2016)

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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.