cantor:

(plural: ‘cantors‘; pronunciation: the letter ‘c’ is said with a ‘k’ sound as in “king”)

Pinchas Rabinovicz, Jewish cantor

a person, usually a man, who leads the musical part in a Jewish service and helps the rabbi, the Jewish priest, in conducting the service;

a person who leads the singers in a church, university, etc.;

a precentor,

David Hooke, Christian cantor
e.g.

Because of his talent in music, Aharon Abraham is in much demand as a synagogue cantor.

During Christmas season, our church invites volunteer cantors to conduct numerous singing programmes and carol parties, and we get a good number of them who help the parish cantor in making the festival season a success.

After his graduation from a theological college, James Moore got a job as a cantor at the same university he graduated from.

Note: ‘Cantor’, always with a capital ‘C’, is also found as the surname of some people though they are not connected to any church or synagogue, e.g. Steven Cantor, Liz Cantor, etc.
There is another word with the same pronunciation, but with a different spelling — the letter ‘e’ in place of ‘o’, “canter” — which means (a) an easy running of a horse (b) a person who is much used to a cant that has several different meanings.
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