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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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“Ever mindful, therefore, of the basic truth that our Colored Catholic brethren share with us the same spiritual life and destiny, the same membership in the Mystical Body of Christ, the same dependence upon the Word of God, the participation in the Sacraments, especially the Most Holy Eucharist, the same need of moral and social encouragement, let there be no further discrimination or segregation in the pews, at the Communion rail, at the confessional and in parish meetings, just as there will be no segregation in the kingdom of heaven.”
— Archbishop of Archbishop of New Orleans (1953)

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Video • What Are Common Hymn Melodies?
published 11 November 2019 by Jeff Ostrowski

HE following video explains “common melodies”—taken from the Brébeuf hymnal—with demonstrations from a volunteer parish choir:


Only a choirmaster knows how terrifying it can be to stand in front of a choir whose members possess disparate levels of singing ability. “Common melodies”—if they come from an outstanding collection such as the Brébeuf hymnal—go a long way toward solving this dilemma.