The Voice magazine

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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

 

The Art and Science of Good Sound Design

The Art and Science of Good Sound Design

Michael Shaughnessy | Audiences, Performance, Technology

Whether your needs are as simple as amplifying announcements from the podium or as complex as balancing voices with instruments in a large space, paying attention to sound design can make or break your concert. Read more

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When Children Sing, It's a Family Affair

When Children Sing, It's a Family Affair

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Education, Families

Participation in a children's chorus yields a return on investment that might seem hard to quantify at first. Parents talk about the many rewards—growing confidence, enhanced musical knowledge and skill, an ability to work together in an accepting, nurturing community, opportunities to travel and learn about other cultures, close friendships—and the challenges of such an investment. Read more

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How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace

How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

There is perhaps no more fitting metaphor for bridging discord than voices joined in harmony. Read more

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Acknowledging Donors

Acknowledging Donors

Saying Thank You Is Just the Beginning

Catherine Dehoney | Fundraising, Governance, Technique/Tool

We all know that thanking our donors is more than good manners—it is a critical part of the donor relations process. But it is just the beginning of a longer- term effort to engage donors more deeply in our organizations. Read more

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The Call to Serve

The Call to Serve

Todd Estabrook | Governance, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

A Chorus America Board chair reflects upon important characteristics to consider when recruiting candidates for your chorus's board. Read more

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Reaching for Artistic Excellence

Reaching for Artistic Excellence

How Choruses Actively Plan for Improvement

Kelsey Menehan | Governance, Impact/Value, Professional, Recruitment, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

No matter where your chorus is on the road toward artistic excellence, you can take steps to get better—a diverse sample of choruses tell their inspiring stories. Read more

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Building Today's Professional Choruses

Building Today's Professional Choruses

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Professional

Adventuresome repertoire, distinctive voices, flexible organizations, and innovative productions have expanded the concept of what a professional chorus looks like today—here's what it takes to excel. Read more

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The Changing Contract with Your Audience

The Changing Contract with Your Audience

Ann Meier Baker | Audiences, Impact/Value, Innovation, Management/Leadership

Are we in the business of delivering excellent performances or delighting our audiences? The answer of course is both, but too many see it as an either-or construct, limiting their potential. Read more

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Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

How One Chorus Grappled with the Perfect Storm of Bad Economic Circumstances

Eric Holtan | Audiences, Finance, Fundraising, Governance

All of us in the arts feel the pinch in a recession. Here is the story of how the Tucson Chamber Artists weathered the storm of economic bad news during one year, employing adaptive strategies throughout the season to overcome them. Read more

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Making the Most of Media Opportunities

Making the Most of Media Opportunities

Tom Hall | Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool

A professional with experience on both sides of the mic reveals five fundamentals of good media relations. 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 21, 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 21, 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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