American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The director of a group of church singers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The trainer or leader of a choir or chorus; a kapellmeister, precentor, or cantor. Sometimes the offices of choirmaster and organist are separate, sometimes united.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the musical director of a choir.
- n. the musical director of a choir
- A calque of German Chormeister. (Wiktionary)
“Their choirmaster is Karen Burke, a graduate of McMaster University and the Royal Conservatory of Music and Director of Music at Banfield Memorial Church.”
“The choirmaster was a gnarled, ogrous beast and yes, I am choosing my words carefully, whose name I have thankfully forgotten.”
“We'll be joined by another faculty member today, David Hughes, organist and choirmaster from just up the road at St. Mary in Norwalk, CT.”
“The Catholic Church does not come off well: Moses's life is ruined by a despicable priest, an ambitious abbot and a creepy choirmaster before he's saved by two gay monks, a dwarf and a strong-willed woman who loves him.”
“I also remember my choirmaster telling me about the way "Messiah" used to be performed: When Handel wrote the cantata back in the 1700s, pitch took a slightly different form than it does today.”
“It is quite striking that the secular scholar and choirmaster”
“From the worldly dean to the idealistic choirmaster, everybody wants the best for the cathedral, the good of which becomes the justification for whatever they want to do.”
“There are two lead choirs: bunches of monks gathered in columns around the lectern of each transept, with the choirmaster who intones the strophe and the choir that catches the tune and makes it blossom in melodies and chords.”
“And when the choirmaster moves from the first to the second choir and crosses the nave with quick steps, his minutely pleated lightweight cloak billows in the form of two majestic wings.”
“But the dark, brooding heart of the story was Matthew Rhys as John Jasper – choirmaster of Cloisterham's cathedral, uncle of Edwin and leader of a life as regular as the rhythm of his metronome, save for the visits to the opium den and the helplessly lust-filled, hopelessly frustrated passion for his nephew's fiancee.”
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