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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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The representative Protestant collection, entitled “Hymns, Ancient and Modern”—in substance a compromise between the various sections of conflicting religious thought in the Establishment—is a typical instance. That collection is indebted to Catholic writers for a large fractional part of its contents. If the hymns be estimated which are taken from Catholic sources, directly or imitatively, the greater and more valuable part of its contents owes its origin to the Church.
— Orby Shipley (1884)

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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!