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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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Why do we never sing “De Spiritu Sancto” (St. Athenogenes) in our churches? There are a dozen translations in English verse. Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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When Choirmasters Despair
published 14 October 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

Here’s a drawing by one of our children:

211 Child


This drawing means more to me than all the world.

BEING A CHURCH MUSICIAN is incredibly difficult. One must constantly fight against despair and discouragement. But no matter how amazing your choir may be—or even if your choir is plagued by flaws and shortcomings—I suspect God views our efforts in the same way I view the drawing above.

Let us take heart!

And say not the struggle naught availeth!