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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 am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997

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“Sacred Vs. Secular Music” • Fr. John C. Selner
published 20 July 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

EOPLE OFTEN ASK about the difference between SACRED and SECULAR music. Fr. John C. Selner, known for his work with the Society of Saint Gregory before the Second Vatican Council, attempted to provide an answer in this 1965 essay:

    * *  PDF Download • “Singing The New Songs” (1965)

This paragraph was particularly thought-provoking:

495 Fr. Selner


His writing style reminds me of Msgr. Francis P. Schmitt, who ran a “rival” publication—Caecilia Magazine. The “rivalry” ended when both organizations came together in 1965, forming the Church Music Association of America, and this essay appeared in the inaugural CMAA Journal.