a person who leads a church choir or congregation in singing.

1605–15; < Late Latin praecentor leader in music, equivalent to Latin praecen-, variant stem of praecinere to lead in singing (prae- pre- + -cinere, combining form of canere to sing; see canto) + -tor -tor

precentorial [pree-sen-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-] , adjective
precentorship, noun Unabridged
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precentor (prɪˈsɛntə)
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
[C17: from Late Latin praecentor leader of the music, from prae before + canere to sing]

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He was successively precentor, almoner, and at length prior of his monastery.
He was afterwards made precentor, and then treasurer of the church.
These are the dean, the precentor, the chancellor and the treasurer.
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