Definition of choral in US English:



  • 1Composed for or sung by a choir or chorus.

    ‘a choral work’
    ‘choral singing’
    • ‘Why do composers of choral music write accompaniments for brass ensembles so loud that they overpower the choir?’
    • ‘Although ultra-purists sing Bach's choral works one singer per part, Law does them with 140.’
    • ‘Tomorrow evening, the Colne Valley Male Voice Choir presents a choral and solo programme at St John's Church.’
    • ‘Contrast was provided by alternating choral chant with passages sung by soloists.’
    • ‘Our last concert was a programme bursting with superb concert band, symphonic, jazz and choral sounds.’
    • ‘This Howells disc is one of the finest choral compilations of the composer's music I have heard for quite a while.’
    • ‘All three composed sacred music, choral and solo vocal works, and music for the theater.’
    • ‘It is in this kind of writing that she makes her most distinctive and individual mark as a composer of contemporary choral music.’
    • ‘The work stands in the best traditions of English choral composition but also incorporates Negro spirituals as the voice of the oppressed and the outsider.’
    • ‘What is it about choral music sung in churches without accompaniment that is so powerful?’
    • ‘The music flows along quite beautifully and the choral and solo singing parts are also very well done.’
    • ‘The competition, launched in July 2005, was to compose a piece of choral music to new words written by the clergy of St Martin's.’
    • ‘Westport Choral Society is a four part choir specialising in major choral pieces and extracts from some old and some modern musicals.’
    • ‘On Saturday, Cantores Olicanae will present a concert of choral music at St Margaret's Church, Queen's Road.’
    • ‘I was also singing and studying the great Flemish choral music of the Renaissance.’
    • ‘Classical western singing is not relegated to opera alone there is choral and gospel singing too.’
    • ‘He has also composed several choral works, including African Sanctus.’
    • ‘Few would guess that the man who composed these two rarefied choral works also composed the works on the second CD.’
    • ‘Before joining the monastery, he studied music in Germany and released a CD of a choral work he had composed.’
    • ‘The special advent choral concert will be conducted by Peter Frost and includes sacred and secular music from early and modern composers.’
    1. 1.1 Engaged in or concerned with singing.
      ‘a choral scholar’
      • ‘He is the pianist for the choral department at Bozeman High School and the Bozeman Symphonic Choir.’
      • ‘The King's Singers is a group which was formed more than 30 years ago by six choral scholars from King's College, Cambridge.’
      • ‘You have a chorus, a voice chorus; you have singers who are part of a choral group, and soloists.’
      • ‘The company would sponsor choral groups, a concert band, and a symphony orchestra.’
      • ‘He won a choral scholarship to Cambridge and took a degree in modern languages.’
      • ‘Most of this music demands a great choir and a great choral interpreter.’
      • ‘Bostridge conveys more the image of an Oxbridge choral scholar who has ventured out without his scarf than Schubert's traveller’
      • ‘Sauguet displayed an interest in music from an early age, becoming a choral scholar and studying the organ.’
      • ‘They came together last year on a purely voluntary basis to form a mixed choral choir under the direction of Marian Gaynor.’
      • ‘Because we sing in a choral group, we get to be friendly with Christians.’
      • ‘Bamberg is the furthest possible remove from the world of Nott's upbringing in Solihull, and then as a choral scholar at Cambridge.’
      • ‘The refrain is easily learned by everyone and the leader part can be sung by a soloist or small choral group.’
      • ‘A beautiful programme of unaccompanied hymns was sung by a choir of choral scholars selected from across the University.’
      • ‘In doing so I related this to Rubbra's increasing experience as a choral composer.’
      • ‘Peter is a professor of music and the director of choral activities at Ohio University.’
      • ‘If Dennis wants to engage the San Jose choral community as part of his remarkable community outreach, Carmina Burana is the ticket.’
      • ‘Stanzas can be sung by a soloist, choral group, or the whole assembly as required.’
      • ‘As soon as I was in high school, I could sing in a special chorus in addition to having my daily choral class.’
      • ‘In 1955, he worked as a rehearsal pianist and choral conductor at the Teatro Colon, the city's opera house.’
      • ‘The part of the adult Saint Nicolas will be sung by Ed Lyon, a former choral scholar of the Abbey School Choir, who is on the cusp of a career as a soloist in oratorio and opera.’


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin choralis, from Latin chorus (see chorus).