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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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“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:

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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.