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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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We cannot exaggerate our indebtedness to Dr. Julian’s “Dictionary of Hymnology,” a monumental work, without which we could not have reached the high standard of accuracy, as to both texts and authorship, which we set before us when entering upon our labours.
— Committee for “New English Hymnal” (1906)

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PDF Download • Symposium Booklet (159 pages)
published 12 June 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE SYMPOSIUM BOOKLET will be given to each participant in a beautiful hard-bound version. (It will also contain additional items not provided in the DRAFT COPY below.) This is done each year, and the folks seem to appreciate it. This booklet is probably unlike anything you’ve seen before. That’s because it’s a “teaching” booklet. In other words, the entire thing is designed to give choirmasters helpful tips and intriguing ideas; and we talk about all the information contained in this (somewhat bizarre) packet, which is made completely from scratch each year. We delve into each page, explaining different approaches.

Feel free to download this very large (170MB) draft copy. I am sure there are plenty of errors hidden in these pages:

    * *  PDF Download • Draft Booklet (159 pages)

Update: The completed file (not the Draft File above) came to 238 pages, and we corrected many errors! Thank you!

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