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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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"As the subject of the language of worship was discussed in the Council hall over the course of several days, I followed the process with great attention, as well as later the various wordings of the Liturgy Constitution until the final vote. I still remember very well how after several radical proposals a Sicilian bishop rose and implored the fathers to allow caution and reason to reign on this point, because otherwise there would be the danger that the entire Mass might be held in the language of the people — whereupon the entire hall burst into uproarious laughter."
— Alfons Cardinal Stickler (1997)

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“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”

REHEARSAL VIDEOS :

EQUAL VOICES : YouTube   •   Mp3 Audio

FEMALE : YouTube   •   Audio

MALE : YouTube   •   Audio