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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 Church has always kept, and wishes still to maintain everywhere, the language of her Liturgy; and, before the sad and violent changes of the 16th century, this eloquent and effective symbol of unity of faith and communion of the faithful was, as you know, cherished in England not less than elsewhere. But this has never been regarded by the Holy See as incompatible with the use of popular hymns in the language of each country.”
— Pope Leo XIII (1898)
Organ Accompaniment • Brébeuf Hymnal (1,292 pages)
published 25 April 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

84826 THUMB HINGS WILL NEVER AGAIN be the same for Catholic church musicians: the Brébeuf organ accompaniments can be ordered as of today! To purchase immediately, scroll to the bottom of the Brébeuf website. They are surprisingly affordable. For example, all three volumes cost about half of what GIA charges for the WORSHIP IV HYMNAL accompaniment!

    * *  PDF  •  SAMPLE PAGES (Organ Accomp.)

This revolutionary technique allows organists to instantly play hymns at sight, while simultaneously serving as cantor—without wrong notes, without slowing down, without stress!  It’s astounding this has never been done before; especially considering hymn typesetting moved in this direction a long time ago.

The accompaniments correspond to the Pew Edition:

84822 easy-2-locate-Brebeuf-Hymnal-Organ-Accompaniments

The Brébeuf accompaniments are large, but not too bulky:

84821 exceed pages-Brebeuf-Hymnal-Organ-Accompaniments

Thanks to unbelievable typesetting, all 1,292 pages have been placed in three volumes, just like other collections:

84823 comparison-Brebeuf-Hymnal-Organ-Accompaniments

Stop having a “panic attack” when your cantor doesn’t show up! Sing and play simultaneously without stress:

84819 simultaneous-Brebeuf-Hymnal-Organ-Accompaniments

ET’S TAKE A MOMENT to reflect upon how we got here. Centuries ago, organists and singers relied heavily upon memorization. With the invention of the printing press, it became easier to keep a written record—but paper was still quite expensive and rare. When choirs sang in parts, they often sang directly from the text and memorized the notes. The “English School” still maintains this tradition:

    * *  PDF Download • “English” method of notation

But their method has serious disadvantages, 1 especially for lengthier hymns. People searched for ways to place the lyrics underneath the notes, but when the organist functions as cantor, such methods cause difficulty—unless the organist already has the words memorized:

84839 OCP publications

84838 New Saint Basil Hymnal

84835 de la salle hymnal 1913


84836 GIA Worship II Hymnal

84832 WLP Publications


At last someone has “turned the page” to something convenient and powerful: The Brébeuf accompaniments write out every verse!



1   The English still prefer their way, adopting the “American method” with reluctance.