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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

 

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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Creating a Lifelong Singer

Creating a Lifelong Singer

Jill Kimball | Children/Youth, Conducting, Evaluation, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

When Susan McMane was in high school, she probably spent about as much time chanting “two, four, six, eight” as she did singing “do, re, mi.”  Read more

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A New Career Path for Singers

A New Career Path for Singers

Kathryn Mueller | Careers, Innovation, Professional, Singing

A growing number of singers are knitting together careers by traveling from city to city to perform with professional choral ensembles. Here’s how this model works for them – and how it impacts the choral field. Read more

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An Interview with Vijay Gupta

An Interview with Vijay Gupta

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Impact/Value, Profile, Science

Vijay Gupta is both a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a dedicated advocate for the power of music to change lives and reconnect us to our shared humanity. In 2011, he founded Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging musicians in performance and dialogue with marginalized communities of people experiencing poverty, homelessness and incarceration.  Read more

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Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Thomas May | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire

In the last decade of the 20th century, the composer Morten Lauridsen wrote a series of pieces while serving a residency for the Los Angeles Master Chorale that have had a lasting and international impact. This year the choral world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the largest of these milestones, Lux Aeterna. What has given the Lauridsen aesthetic its power to connect and attract? And why does it continue to move performers, composers, and listeners? Read more

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Effective Board Meetings Inspire Effective Leaders

Effective Board Meetings Inspire Effective Leaders

Susan Howlett | Governance, Management/Leadership

Do you look forward to your board meetings?  I didn’t think so. I go to board meetings several times a week, and most of them make me sad. The main reason? The typical meeting structure offers little opportunity for board members to LEAD.  Read more

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Issues

 

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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Spring 2015, Volume 38 #3

Spring 2015, Volume 38 #3

March 25, 2015

This print issue celebrates the impact of high school choral festivals, explores how to find the right soloist for your chorus's next performance, answers commonly asked questions about choruses and technology, and provides tips for developing a clear...Read more

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