Definition of choir organ in English:

choir organ


  • A separate division of many large organs, played using a third manual (keyboard), and typically having distinctively toned stops.

    • ‘The organ's console is patterned after those in 19th century French choir organs.’
    • ‘Christopher Herrick has chosen the smaller choir organ that Metzler built in 1979 at the opposite end to the main instrument at Stadtkirche in Switzerland's Zofingen.’
    • ‘The ‘second’ organ is a combination of the common type of swell and choir organs now in use, without duplication of stops and with a few additions which would be acceptable.’
    • ‘A new Blower, Bellows and wind system has been built for the choir organ.’
    • ‘The great and choir organs were coupled and thumb and toe pistons installed.’
    • ‘Both main and choir organs are by Marcussen & Son of Denmark.’
    • ‘The volume of sound is not overpowering in itself but ‘quality rather than quantity’ is perhaps the expression which fits the choir organ best.’
    • ‘Some choir organs are completely sealed in an enclosure so as to muffle the sound even more greatly.’
    • ‘There are also two others, to unite the swell and choir organs to the great one, together or separate.’
    • ‘When the building of the new Baroque church had been completed, two new organs were installed, a gallery organ and a choir organ, separated in two halves right and left in the chancel.’
    • ‘For many years they had wished and planned for a great organ in the church of St. Laurens, a lofty building in the Gothic style, which possessed only two small choir organs without pedals.’
    • ‘The best of these, probably the two choir organs, were retained but were obviously old and decrepit.’
    • ‘Cathedral organist Jozef Sluys initiated the building of two choir organs by Patrick Collon.’
    • ‘The four rank swell mixture increased to five ranks, the voix céleste was continued down to FF, tubular-pneumatic action was fitted to the choir organ, and fifteen pneumatic pistons were added.’
    • ‘The opportunity was taken to replace the old choir organ with an entirely new organ which includes Great, Swell and Pedal divisions playable from a completely revised, detached all-electric four manual console.’
    • ‘The design of the white oak casework is inspired by French choir organs.’


choir organ

/ˈkwī(ə)r ˈôrɡən/