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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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“More and more as we grow older, we find that the people we see most of are recent acquaintances; not (perhaps) very congenial to us, but chance has thrown them in our way. Meanwhile, the people we used to know so well—for whom we once entertained such warm feelings—are now remembered by a card at Christmas (if we can succeed in finding the address). How good we are at making friends, when we are young; how bad at keeping them! How eagerly, as we grow older, do we treasure up the friendships that are left to us, like beasts that creep together for warmth!”
— Msgr. Ronald Knox (1888-1957)

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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.