Cantor

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A '''cantor''' (also called a chanter, psaltis) is a lay person who may assist the priest by chanting responses and hymns in the services or sacraments of the church.
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A '''cantor''' (also called a '''chanter''' or '''psaltis''') is a lay person in [[minor orders]] who chants responses and hymns in the services of the church.  Particularly in the [[Byzantine Chant|Byzantine tradition]], the cantor in charge of doing the music for a service is referred to as the '''''protopsaltis''''', a term which may also refer to an office within a [[diocese]] or whole [[jurisdiction]].
  
In modern use, the role of the cantor has been replaced, to some extent, by choirs. In this setting, the cantor is sometimes considered the choir director or the person to lead in congregational singing.
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In modern use, the role of the cantor has been replaced in some traditions by choirs. In this setting, the cantor is sometimes considered the choir director or the person to lead in congregational singing.
 
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In Judaism, the cantor is called a hazzan.
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Revision as of 13:54, January 18, 2006

A cantor (also called a chanter or psaltis) is a lay person in minor orders who chants responses and hymns in the services of the church. Particularly in the Byzantine tradition, the cantor in charge of doing the music for a service is referred to as the protopsaltis, a term which may also refer to an office within a diocese or whole jurisdiction.

In modern use, the role of the cantor has been replaced in some traditions by choirs. In this setting, the cantor is sometimes considered the choir director or the person to lead in congregational singing.

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