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precentor

(prēsĕn`tər) [Lat.,=one who sings first], the director of the music of a cathedral or a monastic church and also a cantorcantor
[Lat.,=singer], a singer or chanter, especially one who performs the solo chants of a church service. The office of cantor, at first an honorary one, originated in the Jewish synagogues, in which from early times it was the custom to appoint a lay member to represent the
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precentor

1. a cleric who directs the choral services in a cathedral
2. a person who leads a congregation or choir in the sung parts of church services
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precentor in his duobus locis in chirotecis et annulis cure baculo debet ballare, et non plus per annum.
Ildefonsus, into the Saturnalian nonsense of a precentor stultorum (51c).
Based on the English pattern, lining-out was a common practice in early colonial Anglican churches and consisted of singing metrical psalms one line at a time, alternating between the precentor and the congregation.
In Worms, the women had a separate building only connected to the main synagogue by a gallery, and medieval records make reference to two lady precentors with the very picturesque names of Urania and Richenza in Worms and Nuremberg respectively.
became precentor of Wells in July 1583: John LeNeve, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857 .
At the end of the Wesak ceremony, the precentor chants an offertory wishing that the light of the Buddha's teaching will illuminate and assist all beings of this world.
1715), buried in the Cassipora cemetery, is identified on her tombstone as a precentor (hazan).
More recently, Jerome Mazzaro has mentioned the possibility of a chorus master as the author and suggests that it is "likely that the precentor also directed the Mystere d'Adam" ("The Mystere d'Adam and Christian Memory," Comparative Drama 31 [1997-98]: 485).
lJames Bethell has his first winner since his move to Middleham when Precentor (Alan Munro) gets the better of Cronk's Courage (Eric Alston/Michael Hills) in the sprint handicap at Beverley.
CCCC 402 (a copy of Ancrene wisse addressed to a single anchoress) was given to Wigmore Abbey by John Purcel at the request of a brother Walter of Ludlow, the current precentor (Millett 1996).
It was a field for which, with his intelligence and his sympathetic, imaginative character, he was at least superficially suited, and to the extent that he could rely on any family influence at all it was in that world, for another uncle, Jaques Sterne, was archdeacon of Cleveland and precentor of York Minster.
Severim de Faria included his life of Camoes in his Discursos Varios Politicos, published by Manuel de Carvalho in 1624 in Evora, where Severim de Faria was canon and precentor of the cathedral.