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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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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English Language Learners Definition of choirmaster

: the director of a choir

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