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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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“Oh, the happy choir director who is hired to start work on a brand new choir, or who walks into his first rehearsal a total stranger to the existing group—what a fortunate man he is! The new choir director who is a former member of the choir, or a member of the congregation, or the nephew of the alto soloist, or a former altar boy, or otherwise well acquainted with the choir, is in for a few headaches.”
— Paul Hume (1956)

Ward Method Studies • Space Available!
published 4 April 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

613 Ward Method HE CENTRE for Ward Method Studies in the B. T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America announces the immediate availability of online registration for three Ward Method intensive courses scheduled for 20-24 June 2016 in Washington:


Complete instructions are posted following the course descriptions, and if one follows them carefully, application for admission should not present problems. Tuition scholarships are still available, upon request (skeris@cua.edu).

The chief tenets of the Ward Method can be summarized in five points:

(1) The basic principle is that music is a fundamental element in the development of the intellect and the formation of character.

(2) The Ward Method correlates the study of music with the other subjects of the curriculum, with special attention to those aspects of music that foster appreciation of and participation in liturgical singing.

(3) Whilst the voice alone is the basis of the musical training imparted, foundations are laid for a deep and broad study of musical theory.

(4) The Ward Method consistently applies the pedagogical principle that the normal process of development is from content to form.

(5) The Method proceeds from germinal musical elements, through a series of easily graded developmental phases, toward the complex details involved in the artistic rendering of musical compositions.