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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

Articles

 

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

Thomas Sheets | History, Innovation, Performance, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Performances of Verdi's Requiem by Jewish prisoners at the Terezín concentration camp inspire a present-day concert drama that explores the profround relationship between music and its performers. Read more

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Get Your Story Straight

Get Your Story Straight

A Brand Audit Can Help

Todd Estabrook | Audiences, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool

It's important for a chorus to convey messages through marketing communications that are consistent with the brand conveyed through its musicmaking. A periodic brand audit—conducted either by a consultant or done yourselves following the simple steps below—will help bring you into alignment. Read more

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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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Issues

 

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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Winter 2014/2015, Volume 38 #2

Winter 2014/2015, Volume 38 #2

December 16, 2014

In this special print issue of The Voice focused on touring, Chorus America shares helpful advice from touring experts, answers questions posed by Chorus America members, and features personal stories about touring experiences that have made a big impact.Read more

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Fall 2014, Volume 38 #1

Fall 2014, Volume 38 #1

September 24, 2014

This print issue explores new trends in vocal music with Deke Sharon and Josh Habermann (based on a 2014 Conference plenary session), highlights the most effective ways to measure board performance, and features proven tips for getting the best...Read more

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Summer 2014, Volume 37 #4

Summer 2014, Volume 37 #4

July 8, 2014

This print issue explores trends in online music distribution for choruses, answers many common myths regarding "The Star-Spangled Banner," and explains what choruses can learn from a dance company that uses its art form to help communities tell their...Read more

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Spring 2014, Volume 37 #3

Spring 2014, Volume 37 #3

April 30, 2014

This special print issue focusing on community engagement explores how community engagement practices in the arts have changed, how prison choirs have helped inmates reconnect with their self-worth and build a sense of community, how to lead a successful...Read more

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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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