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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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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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Justice Antonin Scalia on Church Music
published 30 April 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

HAVE often mentioned my admiration for Justice Antonin Scalia. Readers will be interested in what Justice Scalia has says when asked if he still sings in his Church choir:


Scalia wasn’t implying that Catholics who play the guitar at Mass were “bad people.” Many are good and holy—and they will surely go to Heaven. I believe he was saying it was wrong of us to abandon our musical heritage for compositions lacking dignity, seriousness, and power. You can view the full presentation by clicking here.

By the way, the son of Justice Scalia, who is a Catholic priest, bears a striking resemblance to his father.