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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 following few hints on the selection of voices may be useful: (1) Reject all boys who speak roughly, or sing coarsely; (2) Choose bright, intelligent-looking boys, provided they have a good ear; they will much more readily respond to the choirmaster’s efforts than boys who possess a voice and nothing more; therefore, (3) Reject dull, sulky, or scatter-brained boys, since it is hard to say which of the three has the most demoralizing effect on his more willing companions.”
— Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1912)

iPhone Clip • “Sight-Reading Hymns”
published 5 July 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

URING ONE OF THE SESSIONS at this year’s Sacred Music Symposium we looked hymns with terrible voice leading. Contrariwise, we also looked at some exceptionally beautiful hymn melodies, and had a blast sight-reading them. From my draft copy of the St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal, I pulled out some gorgeous tunes, which are not sung as frequently as they should be.

If you can name this tune, you really know your hymn tunes:

Toward the middle of July, final proofreading on the Brébeuf hymnal will commence. Those interested in lending assistance should email the committee. Make sure the word “proofreader” is in your email’s subject line. Final proofreading was scheduled to begin in June—but this project has been half a decade in the making, and such things cannot be rushed.

For the record, the St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal has vastly exceeded our expectations in terms of quality. It is absolutely unique, and marvelous beyond anything we could have anticipated.