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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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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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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!