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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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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, and twisted concepts, whose only point is their twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use. If we are to have vernacular hymns at all, why do we not have translations of the old ones?”
— Fr. 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!