A singer who leads the liturgical music of the Church. In cathedral and monastic churches he sets the pitch of plainsong by singing the opening words and performs the solo parts of the chant. In modern RC usage the term also denotes the choirmaster who is enjoined to lead the people in singing their part of the Mass. It is also the title of the director of music in a Lutheran church.
Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).