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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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“More and more as we grow older, we find that the people we see most of are recent acquaintances; not (perhaps) very congenial to us, but chance has thrown them in our way. Meanwhile, the people we used to know so well—for whom we once entertained such warm feelings—are now remembered by a card at Christmas (if we can succeed in finding the address). How good we are at making friends, when we are young; how bad at keeping them! How eagerly, as we grow older, do we treasure up the friendships that are left to us, like beasts that creep together for warmth!”
— Msgr. Ronald Knox

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Yikes! Even The Monastery Of Solesmes
published 17 October 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

HERE IS NO COMPARISON between modern churches—often ugly and utilitarian—and the Gothic cathedrals. The profound faith of Catholic architects of the Middle Ages motivated them to spend incredible amounts of extra time & money creating magnificent structures meant to glorify God and edify the faithful. An internet meme demonstrates this in a powerful way.

Even Solesmes was influenced by the “utilitarian” movement of the mid-20th century. Compare their 1908 Graduale with their 1961 Graduale:

191 Solesmes


Did you notice how the music was left untouched, but they carefully eliminated all the beautiful artwork?