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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

 

Is Your Chorus Ready To Tour?

Is Your Chorus Ready To Tour?

Choruses and Tour Companies Share Their Wisdom

Kelsey Menehan | Finance, Operations, Performance, Venue

Every summer, countless choruses hit the road, offering up their musical gifts in venues across the globe and conferring many benefits to the chorus and its singers. Here are questions to ask before planning your first—or next—tour. Read more

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Vance George: My Life in Choral Music So Far

Vance George: My Life in Choral Music So Far

Vance George | Conducting, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire

Vance George, former director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, reflects on a lifetime of musicmaking. Read more

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How Meditation Can Enhance Your Singing

How Meditation Can Enhance Your Singing

Lisa Houston | Adults/Seniors, Health, Rehearsal

Meditation and choral singing hold many commonalities.  Find out how choruses can use the practice of "being quiet" to enhance rehearsals, singing and even performances. Read more

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Fundraising On the Day After

Fundraising On the Day After

Karen Deans | Fundraising, Governance

The past decade seems to have had more than its fair share of natural disasters and tragedies. In the aftermath of a major event, how should your chorus approach its fundraising activities? What do you say to those who challenge the idea of funding the arts at a time of great social need?  Read more

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10 Questions to Organize Your Day

10 Questions to Organize Your Day

Managing Time So You Have More of It

Douglas Patti | Careers, Management/Leadership, Operations

If your day is spent managing a chorus, then you know all too well how Murphy’s Law and the ongoing needs of your staff and board can exacerbate the ability to get your own work done. Read more

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Attracting the Average Joe

Attracting the Average Joe

Ann Meier Baker | Audiences, Innovation

Attracting audiences is not just about marketing. Savvy choral leaders know to always look for new ideas to refresh the concert presentation. Read more

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In the Board Room, Culture Counts

In the Board Room, Culture Counts

Nancy R. Axelrod | Evaluation, Finance, Governance, Management/Leadership

All the accountability checks in the world won't prevent lousy decisions if board members, managers, and artistic leaders lack teamwork and communications chemistry. Cultivate a healthy culture that brings out the best group traits of your board. Read more

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The Urban Youth Chorus Phenomenon

The Urban Youth Chorus Phenomenon

John D. Sparks | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Innovation

Inner-city choruses are serving diverse populations in large urban areas where kids often do not have access or the means to participate in quality musicmaking. These "urban youth choruses" are uniting neighborhoods across differences of race, religion, ethnicity, and economic status to inspire and energize communities with messages of hope and healing. Read more

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In Search of Lost Time

In Search of Lost Time

How We Listen to Music in a Busier World

Robert Commanday | Health, Impact/Value, Technology

In contemporary society, it can sometimes feel like we are constantly multitasking. But does music still offer a space for meditation and contemplation? Read more

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Do Choral Concerts Need To Be More Visual?

Do Choral Concerts Need To Be More Visual?

Sandra Bernhard | Audiences, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Repertoire

Stage director Sandra Bernhard and conductor Stephen Coker consider ways choruses might enhance the concert experience by using visuals and storytelling techniques. 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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