ac·​com·​pa·​nist | \ ə-ˈkəmp-nist How to pronounce accompanist (audio) , -ˈkəm-pə-\

Definition of accompanist

: one (such as a pianist) who plays an accompaniment

Examples of accompanist in a Sentence

He will be her accompanist on the piano.

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In several other works, Mr. Litton isn’t always quite right with tempo or as a propulsive accompanist to dancers, but here his contribution powerfully enriches a patchy show. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: ‘Romeo + Juliet,’ a Movielike Ballet in Need of Better Direction," 14 Feb. 2018 Come prepared with two contrasting 32 bars or short musical theatre songs in the style of the show (music and lyrics by Queen), bring sheet music for accompanist, head shot and resume. Mark Rapp,, "Cleveland theater's auditions for May 4 and Beyond: Clague Playhouse's "Other Desert Cities" & More," 4 May 2018 Kessel and Jolly are sympathetic musical partners, deftly trading off as soloists and accompanists. George Varga,, "Guitar giant Barney Kessel shines on new/old live album, 14 years after his death at the age of 80," 17 May 2018 Come prepared with 32-bars of a song (accompanist provided), bring resume, picture, and dress for movement. Mark Rapp,, "Cleveland theater's auditions for Feb. 9 and Beyond: "Side Show" at Blank Canvas Theatre & More," 9 Feb. 2018 Vocalists Sunday morning sang two or three pieces each, supported by a staff accompanist. Zachary Lewis,, "Hopefuls flock to Cleveland by the hundreds for audition day at Cleveland Institute of Music," 1 Mar. 2018 On Saturday night, Joe Wicht served as the bar’s accompanist. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "Martuni’s: The Castro District bar you own by walking in," 2 Apr. 2018 Students must learn a Class 1 solo, the hardest classification, and then sing or play the song from memory with an accompanist and be awarded a First Division, a superior rating, on that solo to advance to the state competition. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "LHS singer Mayo named Outstanding Performer at state contest," 4 July 2018 Over the course of his storied career, Chick Corea has recorded nearly a hundred albums as a band leader and many others as an accompanist. Lisa Deaderick,, "Top weekend events: Chick Corea, Chamorro Cultural Festival, Ugly Dog Contest," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of accompanist

1768, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accompanist

accompany + -ist entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of accompanist

: someone who plays a musical instrument while another person is singing or playing the main part : someone who plays an accompaniment


ac·​com·​pa·​nist | \ ə-ˈkəm-pə-nist How to pronounce accompanist (audio) \

Kids Definition of accompanist

: a musician who plays in support of someone else who is singing or playing an instrument

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to take the place or position of

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