or·​gan·​ist | \ ˈȯr-gə-nist How to pronounce organist (audio) \

Definition of organist

: a person who plays the organ

Examples of organist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The book has received nods from Duran Duran on social media, along with support from other music journalists and celebrities (including Boston organist and The Baseball Project musician Josh Kantor). Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 5 May 2021 While a skilled strings or woodwind soloist may make the difficult look easy, the challenges for an exceptional organist like Jacobs are out in plain sight. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 14 Apr. 2021 Bradley Hunter Welch, the resident organist of the Dallas Symphony, performs a solo recital on the mighty Fisk organ in the Meyerson Symphony Center. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2021 Price was a concert pianist, organist and composer who lived in Chicago before her death in 1953. Annie Alleman,, 19 Mar. 2021 Knight, accompanied by an organist, delivered her take on the U.S. standard in front of the American flag for basketball's big night, live from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 7 Mar. 2021 Temple Square organist Bonnie Goodliffe performs her final organ recital at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021 Ottley appointed the first female organist, Bonnie Goodliffe, to accompany the choir in 1988. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021 Paul Jacobs, the great American organist, and chairman of the relevant department at Juilliard, wrote a memorial tribute to his teacher and predecessor, John Weaver. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 12 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of organist

1548, in the meaning defined above

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“Organist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of organist

music : a person who plays an organ


or·​gan·​ist | \ ˈȯr-gə-nist How to pronounce organist (audio) \

Kids Definition of organist

: a person who plays an organ

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