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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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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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PDF Download • “Christmas Carol” by Peter Lejeune
published 2 October 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

HAVE BEEN GUILTY of emphasizing the texts in the St. Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal—scheduled to be released in a few weeks—and neglecting to mention the hymn melodies. The tunes we chose are fresh, gorgeous, and simple enough for congregations. We also accepted original hymn tunes by excellent composers, and you’ll be astonished when you hear what they came up with. Peter Lejeune had several of his melodies accepted for publication in the Brébeuf hymnal, and I obtained permission to add English words to a Christmas arrangement he did for a different project.

I recorded all the voices, to give you an idea how it sounds: 1


REHEARSAL VIDEOS for each individual voice and PDF score await you at #87488.


Many readers won’t click on that link—depriving themselves of the PDF score and individual tracks—which makes me feel depressed.

Will you do so?



NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:

1   I’m a baritone, and I always hate the sound of my soprano voice—but this is simply to demonstrate how it sounds.