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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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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

“Hymn To The Blessed Virgin Mary” • Caswall & Parry
published 4 April 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

INGING HYMNS IN HARMONY can be a marvelous way to enhance the liturgy and help your singers get used to “independent” vocal lines. However, it’s not always possible. Perhaps your choir is not ready, or you have an insufficient number of singers. Perhaps the tessitura causes problems. Sadly, I’ve heard many choirs attempting SATB when they are not ready for it.

In those circumstances, an arrangement for two voices might be the best choice, such as:

    * *  PDF Download • “Hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary”


EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

FEMALE : YouTube   •   Audio

MALE : YouTube   •   Audio