cho·​ris·​ter | \ ˈkȯr-ə-stər How to pronounce chorister (audio) , ˈkär- \

Definition of chorister

1 : a singer in a choir specifically : choirboy
2 : the leader of a church choir

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Recent Examples on the Web The coronavirus pandemic means that this Easter Sunday there will be no congregants in the pews, no choristers to conduct, no sharp retorts from the brass to herald the New Testament’s recounting of the resurrection of Christ. Nancy Coleman, New York Times, "For Musicians This Easter, Still Looking to Soar in Empty Spaces," 10 Apr. 2020 Starting the weekend before Easter, this effort has involved orchestra members, staff and choristers. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Concerts are canceled, but the DSO is still finding a way to make a positive impact," 22 Apr. 2020 Three tiers of seating were on the stage, with choristers playing spirits of the dead looking down on the action in Mark Morris’s production. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "The Met’s Herculean Task: 4 Operas in 48 Hours," 25 Oct. 2019 The culmination of a three-day Whitacre residency with the choristers, the concert is one of the biggest local choral music events in recent memory. oregonlive, "PSU brings choral music’s first ‘rock star’ and 500 singers to Viking Pavilion," 23 Feb. 2020 The spatial placement of Geoffrey Burgess’s oboe and an unnamed soprano chorister for the echo effects caught the glow of the church’s acoustics to perfection, and both artists did lovely work. Joe Banno, Washington Post, "One aria sums up a joyful Washington Bach Consort ‘Christmas Oratorio’," 23 Dec. 2019 Along with the orchestra on stage will be the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Chorus, a large group of volunteer choristers from the area directed by Dr. William Henry Caldwell, the former chairman of performing arts at Central State University. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra reveals ticket release, program details for 2020 MLK Concert," 9 Dec. 2019 Some choristers began to rethink their assumptions. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Accusations Against Plácido Domingo Divide the Opera World," 18 Aug. 2019 While Pell's lawyers argued in the appeal that the jury must have had reasonable doubt, the prosecutors said contrasting evidence from more than 20 priests, choristers, altar servers and church officials still did not preclude guilty verdicts. Rod Mcguirk, Anchorage Daily News, "Australian court upholds Cardinal Pell child sex convictions," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of chorister

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chorister

Middle English querister, from Anglo-French cueristre, from Medieval Latin chorista, from Latin chorus

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“Chorister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chorister

: a singer in a choir

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