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 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 The choirmaster is Steve Mitchell, who is the director of choral music at Kingswood Oxford school. Susan Dunne,, "Christmas Carol Sing At UConn Hartford Campus," 14 Dec. 2017 But no one at the school ever notified authorities, and the choirmaster went to work at another school. Washington Post, "Pace of therapist probe angers boarding school abuse victims," 1 Nov. 2017

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Choirmaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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