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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 1854 John Mason Neale co-founded an order of women dedicated to nursing the sick. Many Anglicans in his day, however, were very suspicious of anything suggestive of Roman Catholicism. Only nine years earlier, John Henry Newman had encouraged Catholic practices in Anglican churches and had ended up becoming a Roman Catholic. This encouraged the suspicion that anyone such as Neale was an agent of the Vatican, assigned to destroy Anglicanism by subverting it from within. Once, Neale was attacked and mauled at a funeral of one of the Sisters. From time to time unruly crowds threatened to stone him or to burn his house.”
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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