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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; Associate Editor, Lauren Rosenthal

Articles

 

Women in Choral Conducting: A Level Playing Field?

Women in Choral Conducting: A Level Playing Field?

Vivien Schweitzer | Careers, Children/Youth, Diversity, Governance

Men vastly outnumber women in orchestral conducting, but choruses tell a different story. What issues do women choral conductors face today? Read more

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When To Speak About Your Performance

When To Speak About Your Performance

Eric Booth | Audiences, Conducting, Performance

The goal of a concert is not to perform great music well, but to co-create personally relevant experiences together inside the music. Read more

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Putting Ego to Work for Your Chorus

Putting Ego to Work for Your Chorus

Steven Smith | Governance, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

In his recent book egonomics: what makes ego our greatest asset (or most expensive liability), co-author Steven Smith explores the power of ego to enhance communication and organizational effectiveness. Because choruses, like many arts organizations, are comprised of community boards and often little or no staff—all led by an artistic director whose vision, talent, and charisma play a major role in galvanizing and motivating the activities of singers, board, and staff—the quality of communication among them is vital to organizational health. Smith elaborates on how ego can be harnessed to foster effective communication. Read more

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Marilyn Horne's Second Act

Marilyn Horne's Second Act

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Education, Profile

Marilyn Horne, one of America's most celebrated opera stars, decided to shine the spotlight on the next generation. Read more

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Singing with an Aging Voice

Singing with an Aging Voice

How Choristers and Choruses Can Address the Challenges Together

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Evaluation, Singing, Technique/Tool

As singers age, what used to be easy becomes harder—sustaining the high notes, singing through a phrase on one breath, doing a smooth crescendo and decrescendo. Here's a look at several strategies for overcoming the challenges of an aging voice. Read more

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Richard Westenburg: An Appreciation

Richard Westenburg: An Appreciation

Tom Hall | Conducting, Profile

Richard Westenburg, the founder of New York's famed chorus and orchestra, Musica Sacra, died of colon cancer on February 20, 2008. Westenburg had been an important fixture on the New York scene for more than 40 years. Read more

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David Lang on Hearing Music with Fresh Ears

David Lang on Hearing Music with Fresh Ears

David Lang | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance, Profile

Composer David Lang tells about the creative vision of Bang on a Can: Take concerts apart and put them back together again so that music can be heard with fresh ears. Read more

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Building Participatory Arts Experiences

Building Participatory Arts Experiences

Ben Cameron | Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership

Seismic market shifts invite us to rethink our missions. Smart performing arts groups are expanding social lobby spaces, adding coffee bars, engaging in re-branding—all to recognize that we traffic not merely artistic production but a total experience that begins with seeing the first ad, continues through the first call to the box office, and doesn't end until long after the audience member is home in bed. But, are we ready for a world where value is co-created? Read more

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Do Concerts Suffer from "Ovation Inflation"?

Do Concerts Suffer from "Ovation Inflation"?

Larry Passmore | Audiences, Education, Impact/Value, Performance

Whether or not a concert was exceptional, standing ovations are becoming de rigueur with today's audiences. Is this reflective of declining music programs in the schools? Read more

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Choosing the Best Management Software for Your Chorus

Choosing the Best Management Software for Your Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Technique/Tool, Technology

When Malia Ka'ai Barrett took over as general manager of the Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus, it was for the love of the music—pure and simple. Despite a lifelong involvement with choruses, Barrett had little training or experience in the technical aspects of running a mid-sized nonprofit organization. She traveled to Chorus America's Conference with a goal of gathering tools to manage a database that included everything from donor information to singers' costume sizes to a 4,000-work music library. Read more

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Issues

 

Winter 2013/2014, Volume 37 #2

Winter 2013/2014, Volume 37 #2

December 27, 2013

This print issue explores the current and future trends for choruses and choral music, highlights the changes in music criticism in the digital era, and features the story of one singer's trip to visit a contemporary sound installation inspired by a...Read more

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Fall 2013, Volume 37 #1

Fall 2013, Volume 37 #1

October 17, 2013

This print issue highlights the careers of select Conducting Masterclass participants, explores best practices on how to create a committee that works (based on a successful conference session), and features the story of how Rwandan refugee Clemantine...Read more

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Summer 2013, Volume 36 #4

Summer 2013, Volume 36 #4

June 12, 2013

The print issue includes an exploration of how the GLBT choral community has changed along with the times; the benefits of incorporating movement into rehearsals; and in-depth advice on fundraising, from endowments to crowdfunding.Read more

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Spring 2013, Volume 36 #3: Singing and Wellness

Spring 2013, Volume 36 #3: Singing and Wellness

April 17, 2013

In this special issue of The Voice, Chorus America explores the research and tells stories about how singing together contributes to the well-being of individuals, groups, and communities.Read more

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Winter 2012/13, Volume 36 #2

Winter 2012/13, Volume 36 #2

December 17, 2012

The print issue includes an article about Benjamin Britten's War Requiem in honor of the centenary; strategies for artistic leaders to excel in administrative areas as well; findings from Philadelphia's Mendelssohn Club's strategic alliances study; and...Read more

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Fall 2012, Volume 36 #1

Fall 2012, Volume 36 #1

September 19, 2012

The print issue features Eric Friesen's thoughts on the place of the human singing voice in today's constantly changing world, adapted from his keynote speech at Chorus America's 35th Annual Conference; practical advice on how choruses can effectively...Read more

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Summer 2012, Volume 35, #4

Summer 2012, Volume 35, #4

June 1, 2012

The print issue includes an exploration of chorus culture and its impact on a chorus's ability to change; in-depth advice for volunteer choruses that are seeking to add professional singers to their rosters; a spotlight on composer/conductor Alice Parker...Read more

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Spring 2012, Volume 35, #3

Spring 2012, Volume 35, #3

March 1, 2012

The print issue includes an exploration of educational opportunities for conductors; a look at how choral music programming is changing on radio stations nationwide; a spotlight on Chicago a cappella and its journey to capture the history and repertoire...Read more

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Winter 2011-12, Volume 35, #2

Winter 2011-12, Volume 35, #2

December 1, 2011

The print issue includes a series of interviews with ASCAP Award winners about the challenges and rewards of programming contemporary music, a focus on the many paths to becoming the executive or managing director of a chorus, an essay by Chorus America...Read more

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Fall 2011, Volume 35, #1

Fall 2011, Volume 35, #1

October 1, 2011

The print issue includes a feature article examining the best methods for keeping singers in tune, a meditation on choruses as a communal activity, an exploration of "give and get" policies for boards, and a summary of the 2011 Conference.Read more

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