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Bronze AwardChorus America's award-winning quarterly magazine, The Voice, highlights chorus news, artistic initiatives in the choral world, and advice and commentary on the business of running a successful chorus. The Voice is distributed to more than 4,000 choral leaders throughout North America. It is published in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter; ISSN 1074-0805. Browse articles and past issues in the tabs below.

Editor, Liza W. Beth
Managing Editor, Don Lee 

Articles

 

Making Your Chorus Welcoming for Transgender Singers

Making Your Chorus Welcoming for Transgender Singers

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Singing

Choruses seek to foster an open, welcoming culture, but some practices can exclude and cause pain for transgender singers. Here are some steps your chorus can take to avoid them. Read more

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'We live off the beaten path': The Challenges of Finding Great Community Chorus Repertoire

'We live off the beaten path': The Challenges of Finding Great Community Chorus Repertoire

Jill Kimball | Adults/Seniors, Repertoire

For any chorus, finding the right repertoire can be an imposing task. But the process is especially difficult for community choruses. Why is the search so hard for them, how do they deal with the obstacles, and what more can be done to help these ensembles locate the music that’s right for them? Read more

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Community Chorus Repertoire Recommendations

Community Chorus Repertoire Recommendations

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Repertoire

In our Winter 2017-18 issue of The Voice, Chorus America spoke to conductors and publishers about how to address the challenge of finding quality repertoire for community choruses. So what are some specific pieces that these publishers and composers would recommend for these groups? We asked a wide range of publishers and composers in the field to recommend one work from their own catalogue that they felt is especially suited to community choruses. The list we compiled represents a broad spectrum of cultural traditions, orchestrations, and voicings—including links to websites for more information when available. Read more

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Welcoming Transgender Singers: Resource List

Welcoming Transgender Singers: Resource List

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

How can choruses foster a more inclusive culture for transgender singers? This list of resources accompanies our article from the Winter 2017-18 issue of the Voice on welcoming transgender singers. Read more

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Welcoming Transgender Singers: Key Terms

Welcoming Transgender Singers: Key Terms

Ari Agha | Diversity, Participation, Singing

In creating a chorus culture that is welcoming to transgender singers, terminology can be something that some choral leaders may need catching up on. This list of key terms below supplements our article in the Winter 2017-18 Voice on making choruses welcoming for transgender singers. Read more

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Choral Conductors Today: Responding to a Shifting Career Model

Choral Conductors Today: Responding to a Shifting Career Model

Don Lee | CA News, Careers, Conducting, Impact/Value, Research/Data

In an effort to renew our understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and challenges choral conductors encounter and how they affect the choral ecosystem, Chorus America undertook a new study, updating survey findings from a decade ago. The results highlight both important challenges and reasons to feel confident about the health of the profession.  Read more

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Software that Sings

Software that Sings

Choosing the Right Software for Your Chorus

Dan Rivas | Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Technique/Tool, Technology

The right process can save your organization a lot of time and money as you select new software. But how do you get started? Read more

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How to Build a Development Committee that Rocks!

How to Build a Development Committee that Rocks!

Cortlandt Fengler | Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership

The viability of every nonprofit chorus depends on the success of its development committee and the effectiveness of the committee chair. With so much riding on this work, how should the board arrange its priorities? Maybe not in the way you’d expect. Read more

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Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

In addition to enriching musical knowledge and enhancing vocal technique, singing in a chorus can also teach important lessons about life itself. We reached out to the growing network of choruses specifically for older adults, and asked longtime singers about the ways in which singing has informed other aspects of their lives. Read more

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Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Keeping the Choral Singer Pipeline Flowing

Mike Rowan | Adults/Seniors, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

Singers are the lifeblood of the choral field. Ensembles from coast to coast are anchored by veterans of school and youth choral programs who found the experience rewarding enough that they continued through adulthood. But as choral leaders know all too well, many choristers can’t or don’t stick with it; they drop out of choral singing when they hit significant life transitions. Read more

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Issues

 

Fall 2017, Volume 41.1

Fall 2017, Volume 41.1

January 4, 2018

This issue of the Voice presents the findings of the 2017 Choral Conductors Survey, discusses chorus management software options, and gives a blueprint for a successful development committee.Read more

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Summer 2017, Volume 40 #4

Summer 2017, Volume 40 #4

September 20, 2017

This print issue celebrates Morten Lauridsen's impact on the choral field ahead of the 2017 Conference premiere of his fully orchestrated Lux Aeterna,  highlights the community engagement work of Conference plenary speaker Vijay Gupta, and provides...Read more

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Spring 2017, Volume 40 #3

Spring 2017, Volume 40 #3

April 30, 2017

This special print issue of The Voice focuses on singers, examining the new model for forging a career as a professional choral singer, articulating how to foster lifelong singing in children, uncovering strategies to keep adults singing through busy...Read more

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Winter 2016/17, Volume 40 #2

Winter 2016/17, Volume 40 #2

January 18, 2017

This print issue takes a look at the emerging trend of major choral-centered works that incorporate staging elements, recounts the conversations at the first-ever Choral Ecosystem Forum hosted by Chorus America, and offers tips for facilitating effective...Read more

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Fall 2016, Volume 40 #1

Fall 2016, Volume 40 #1

October 20, 2016

This print issue illuminates how choruses that are finding ways to respond in their communities in the wake of tragic events, and examines the takeaways from the Intrinsic Impact Audience Project, the first-ever comprehensive study on choral audiences.Read more

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Summer 2016, Volume 39 #4

Summer 2016, Volume 39 #4

July 20, 2016

This print issue remembers the legacy of American choral icon Robert Shaw in a profile on Chorus America's Shaw Centenary Symposium on the Brahms Requiem, outlines practical strategies and important considerations for dressing your chorus, and discusses...Read more

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Spring 2016, Volume 39 #3

Spring 2016, Volume 39 #3

April 8, 2016

This print issue examines the vital question of when and how to successfully hire a chorus's first employee, shares stories of choruses taking engagement with their community to a deeper level, and offers advice on securing grant funding.Read more

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Winter 2015/16, Volume 39 #2

Winter 2015/16, Volume 39 #2

January 31, 2016

This print issue highlights new choral programs that are embracing Venezuela's El Sistema model, programming early music, consultant Matt Lehrmen's framework for your audience development efforts, and four simple steps to a concrete work plan for your...Read more

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Fall 2015, Volume 39 #1

Fall 2015, Volume 39 #1

October 15, 2015

This print issue explores the latest research on how singing may benefit brain function (based on a 2015 Conference session), highlights new trends in crowdfunding, and features director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College Joe Miller's...Read more

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Summer 2015, Volume 38 #4

Summer 2015, Volume 38 #4

July 31, 2015

This print issue explores choral careers, including what it's like to be a one-person administrative shop and how today's choral conductors balance their many responsibilities. NEA Chairman Jane Chu also reflects on her career and the important role that...Read more

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