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 As the organist in the sanctuary played, people wept. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "George Floyd's memorial on Thursday was more powerful TV than Trump's photo op. Here's why," 4 June 2020 The 24:56 minute Easter concert starts with Mr. Bocelli standing inside the cathedral, accompanied only by organist Emanuele Vianelli. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Andrea Bocelli's Easter concert made YouTube history," 20 Apr. 2020 But during a visit, the landgrave urged Schütz to go to Venice and work with Giovanni Gabrieli, the famed composer and organist at St. Mark’s Basilica. New York Times, "Before Bach, He Was Germany’s Greatest Composer," 20 Mar. 2020 The best arts online Andrea Bocelli performed with only the accompaniment of an organist at Milan’s Duomo on Easter Sunday. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: Peter Sellars is using coronavirus restrictions to reflect," 18 Apr. 2020 This year, the roster of musicians is now down to two — a cantor and an organist — and there will only be two Masses on Sunday, not the usual eight or nine. Nancy Coleman, New York Times, "For Musicians This Easter, Still Looking to Soar in Empty Spaces," 10 Apr. 2020 An Oberlin College music grad, Stroh mostly makes a living with her organist and vocal skills, performing in many local ensembles and playing for weddings and funerals. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "How a Dallas musician and therapist who copes with anxiety and depression is walking through the COVID-19 crisis," 30 Mar. 2020 Dieter Ruehle is the organist for the Dodgers and the Kings. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Ballpark music is what helps Dieter Ruehle get through coronavirus shutdown," 3 Apr. 2020 The email said the organist played at a funeral on March 6 and those who attended that service are also being alerted. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. church says health officials expanding self-quarantine recommendation," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of organist

1548, in the meaning defined above

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“Organist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of organist

music : a person who plays an organ


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: a person who plays an organ

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