choir·​mas·​ter | \ ˈkwī(-ə)r-ˌma-stər How to pronounce choirmaster (audio) \

Definition of choirmaster

: the director of a choir

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Recent Examples on the Web The writer is choirmaster at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, and artistic director of the Singers. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Threats to democracy, Arik Matson's life after being shot, church choirs, fauna and flora," 30 Jan. 2021 The choirmaster looked up and motioned the boys to sing more softly. Gary Kamiya,, "S.F. love affair with soprano: 250,000 jammed downtown to hear her on Christmas Eve," 25 Dec. 2020 In 2010, long after Georg Ratzinger had stepped down as choirmaster, several of the boys who sang at the Regensburg cathedral charged that they had been systematically abused by the staff. Ari L. Goldman,, "Rev. Georg Ratzinger, choirmaster and a pope’s brother," 1 July 2020 The commissioner, Bishop Mario Giordana, previously conducted an investigation into financial irregularities within the management of the Sistine Chapel Choir that led to the early retirement of the choirmaster last year. Washington Post, "Vatican prosecutors seize data from St. Peter’s Basilica," 30 June 2020 Robert was also choirmaster at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand, FL for over forty years., "Deaths in Central Florida: 12/8," 8 Dec. 2019 Known for their longevity in their post, past choirmasters at King’s College have outlasted British monarchs. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Stephen Cleobury, celebrated choirmaster of King’s College, Cambridge, dies at 70," 27 Nov. 2019 British Library Lebedev was born in Yaroslavl Russia in 1749, the eldest son of a church choirmaster. Karen Stapley, Quartz India, "Over 200 years ago, a Russian musician became a pioneer of Bengali theatre," 15 Aug. 2019 Image South African cultural traditions collided head on with modern sensibilities recently when a choirmaster in the Eastern Cape region had teenage schoolgirls give a seminude traditional performance that was widely shared on social media. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Seminude School Performance Sparks Debate About Tradition in South Africa," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of choirmaster

1840, in the meaning defined above

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: the director of a choir
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