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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)

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New Microphone
published 3 January 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

I WAS GIVEN a new microphone by a generous person, and here’s a test recording. For years, I’ve been making sacred music recordings—but from now on I will use this microphone.

Can you hear the difference? I am excited!

Please do let me know your thoughts in the Facebook combox—thanks!


I hope to replace all the recordings on the Goupil Website now that I have this better microphone—but that could take quite a while!