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

Definition of organist

: a person who plays the organ

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Ruehle, one-time organist for the San Jose Sharks, absolutely brought it. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Dodger Stadium organist throws cold water on Madison Bumgarner-Max Muncy feud," 21 June 2019 The stellar Prieto Ramirez plays three concerts and has invited renowned organists for the other evenings. Beth Woodwriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer arts 2019 | Classical music: SummerFest, Bayside Summer Nights, Hausmann Quartet and more," 15 June 2019 The balance of the concert was given by pianist-organist Jonathan DePeri and baritone soloist Frank Mathis. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, "‘Bach to the Future’: Concert to Make One Feel Lucky to Live in New York," 8 June 2019 As an organist, he's topped the Critics Poll in DownBeat Magazine no fewer than 11 times in the past 15 years and the DownBeat Readers Poll every year since 2005. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Local music picks for Phoenix: Flotsam and Jetsam, Wade Cota, Joey DeFrancesco, DaDadoh," 5 June 2019 Among the performers this year are Imani Winds, oboist Katherine Needleman, pianist Natalie Zhu, violinist Ray Chen, and organist Patrick Kreeger. Peter Dobrin,, "Classical summer: Bradley Cooper, Harry Potter, piano stars, Yannick debuts at a spiffed-up Mann Center," 5 June 2019 That Johnson has toured extensively with pianist Ramsey Lewis, singer Joe Williams and organist Jack McDuff tells you a great deal about how he has been regarded — and still is regarded — by jazz royalty. Howard Reich,, "From Henry Johnson to 'Tootie' Heath to Patricia Barber, a busy jazz week in Chicago," 5 Apr. 2018 From 3 in the afternoon until 11 p.m., dozens of organists, saxophonists, guitarists, drummers and singers rotated onto the modest stage. Andrew Mccormick, New York Times, "Hot Jazz in a Veterans Club Basement in Harlem," 13 Apr. 2018 Its procession of march rhythms, dark woodwind colorings and angular piano interjections has a cinematic quality that suggests Price’s early work as an organist for silent films. Brian Wise, WSJ, "Florence Price in Concert and on Disc: A Harvest of Rediscovery," 5 Dec. 2018

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1548, in the meaning defined above

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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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