chorister

noun
cho·ris·ter | \ˈkȯr-ə-stər, ˈkär-\

Definition of chorister 

1 : a singer in a choir specifically : choirboy

2 : the leader of a church choir

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The purge has come as a jolt to choristers, many of whom have sung with the TFC for decades, sacrificing hundreds of hours each year to rehearse and perform. Malcolm Gay, BostonGlobe.com, "Harsh notes amid purge of BSO’s chorus," 27 June 2018 Few choral bodies are as sensitive to Ravel’s subtle gradations of color, and the singing of Wolfe’s 130 choristers brought out the evocative wonder at the outset of Part 2 of the ballet. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "CSO delivers a winning Ravel program under debut conductor Pintscher," 6 Apr. 2018 Sellars used a small area behind the orchestra for his singers, all barefoot and dressed in black tops and pants, with the Los Angeles Master Chorale seated on both sides and a few more choristers on the benches above. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "'Das Paradies': A giant globular tear as ticket to heaven," 4 June 2018 One Ubuntu chorister proudly displayed his tattoo of Johann Sebastian Bach. Ryan Ebright, New York Times, "Beethoven’s 200-Year-Old ‘Fidelio’ Enters Today’s Prisons," 4 May 2018 Harris’s church-music career was long, starting as a boy chorister, finishing as music director at St. George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle (where his duties included teaching piano to the future Queen Elizabeth). BostonGlobe.com, "Cantata Singers perform a heavenly masterpiece," 3 May 2018 Frustrating for the chorus master as well, since auditioning new and returning choristers — general auditions for chorus vacancies are held in late winter and spring — means making some tough choices. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Singing the praises of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, at 60," 20 Mar. 2018 The couple first came together at the Latvian National Opera, where Nelsons was music director and Opolais was a chorister, later rising to soloist. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "BSO music director Andris Nelsons and Kristine Opolais have divorced," 27 Mar. 2018 At this blessed time of year, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra typically turns to more populist symphonic fare to help ensure a healthy box office amid the rival seasonal flurries of caroling choristers and dancing sugarplums. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Conductor's firm control makes for satisfying Tchaikovsky with CSO," 15 Dec. 2017

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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

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: a singer in a choir

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