(Histoire) Maître de chapelle.
ETYM Latin, a singer, from caner to sing.
Liturgical singer and leader of prayers in synagogue; precentor. In Roman Catholicism and Judaism, the prayer leader and choir master, responsible for singing solo parts of the chant. The position can be held by any lay person. In Protestant churches, the music director is known as the cantor.
The official of a synagogue who conducts the liturgical part of the service and sings or chants the prayers intended to be performed as solos; SYN. hazan.