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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 accord with no. 55 of the instruction of the Congregation of Rites on music in the liturgy (March 5, 1967), the Conference of Bishops has determined that vernacular texts set to music composed in earlier periods may be used in liturgical services even though they may not conform in all details with the legitimately approved versions of liturgical texts (November, 1967). This decision authorizes the use of choral and other music in English when the older text is not precisely the same as the official version."
— Catholic Bishops for the dioceses of the United States (November, 1969)

PDF • “Creator Alme Siderum” (Organ Accompaniment)
published 8 December 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

85897 Stars HEN I LOOK BACK at things I’ve done in the past, I usually hate them. Can you relate? I always look back at something and feel I could have done much better. I’m also somebody who forgets what they do—even if it happened yesterday!

Here is something I created in 2014:

    * *  PDF ORGANIST (“Creator Alme Siderum”)

    * *  PDF Singer Score (“Creator Alme Siderum”)

If I find the time, I’ll make a new version using the harmonies found in the Nova Organi Harmonia by Flor Peeters. Until then, this version will have to do…

You will notice the translation for the Singer Score is by Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923).

By the way, the way this hymn is treated in the Brébeuf Hymnal is nothing short of magnificent—but, of course, I am biased!


The life of a choirmaster is mentally and physically demanding, but there are glorious moments, too—and hearing the congregation sing this at Vespers last night (alternating men & women, accompanied by organ) is absolutely one of those fantastic moments! We paused at the end of each line; and I was smiling from ear to ear because of the beauty. So gorgeous!

Writing out every verse is crucial. It would not have been a success if we used a technique which has every verse “piled up,” such as this example of the Pentecost hymn: