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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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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

Your Christmas Present!
published 24 December 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

90902 CCW present E RECENTLY launched a special fundraising drive, and promised to release certain items if we met our goal. Thanks to your generosity, we succeeded; so below are the files we promised. Of course the money is important—because it allows us to survive—but on a level you might not realize, the fundraising also gives encouragement. It demonstrates that our efforts matter enough to readers that they’ll donate (and church musicians are not wealthy). We enjoyed reading the little “notes” you sent in with your pledges, even the electronic ones.

When our contributors get discouraged, I always say the same thing: “Remember we are trying to do something positive. This is not easy; and the proof is how few Catholic websites are positive vs. how many Catholic websites consist of negativity, gossip, and scandal.”

Merry Christmas!

    * *  PDF Score • Kevin Allen “Gloria” (Never Released)

PDF Document (score)



ALTO : Audio

TENOR : Audio

BASS : Audio

Listen to an excerpt of the premiere performance conducted by Dr. Horst Buchholz. The piece is dedicated to St. Jean de Brébeuf, and Mr. Allen really captured the sound of the North American missionaries.

    * *  YouTube • Dr. Tappan — TRAINING YOUTH CHOIRS (46 minutes)

YouTube Video

This 46-minute video contains a marvelous presentation by Dr. Lucas Tappan.

    * *  PDF Jeff Ostrowski — CRUCIAL SURVIVAL TACTICS (12 pages)

PDF Document (12 pages)

This 2017 presentation by Jeff Ostrowski is totally different than the speech he gave in 2016.

    * *  PDF Pete Avendaño — REPERTOIRE FOR CHILDREN (17 pages)

PDF Document (391 pieces)

You will not want to miss this marvelous list compiled by Pete Avendaño, containing approximately 391 pieces. Mr. Avendaño is one of the world’s most esteemed teachers of youth singers.

    * *  PDF Dr. Calabrese — REPERTOIRE FOR CHILDREN (32 pieces)

PDF Document

This list of 32 pieces that work well for children was compiled by Dr. Calabrese for one of his talks.

    * *  PDF Dr. Tappan — REPERTOIRE FOR CHILDREN (3 pages)

PDF Document (3 pages)

Dr. Lucas Tappan has assembled a list of pieces “that just work.”

    * *  PDF Fr. Popplewell — HYMN TALK (13 pages)

PDF Document (notes)

These are the notes Fr. Popplewell used for his talk on hymns.

    * *  PDF Dr. Calabrese — RENAISSANCE TALK (2 pages)

PDF Document (notes)

These are the notes Dr. Calabrese used for his talk on Renaissance polyphony.

    * *  PDF Jeff Ostrowski — ONLINE RESOURCES (5 pages)

PDF Document

Jeff Ostrowski gave this presentation, entitled: “Taking Advantage of Online Resources.”

    * *  PDF Nova Organi Harmonia — VOLUME SIX (126 pages)

    * *  Low Res (8MB) • NOH Volume 6

    * *  High Res (239MB) • NOH Volume 6

For decades, we have been searching for Volume 6 of the Nova Organi Harmonia. We have obtained a pristine copy, and made two versions: Low Res (8MB) and High Res (239MB). These are extremely rare Gregorian chant accompaniments.

    * *  PDF SYMPOSIUM BOOKLET (260 pages)

PDF Document (260 pages)

This 260-page booklet is not something you can live without.