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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

 

When an "Elevator Speech" Isn't Enough

When an "Elevator Speech" Isn't Enough

Todd Estabrook | Governance, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Strategic Planning

A mission statement that articulates not just who you are but why you matter will help your chorus stand out in the eyes of potential singers, audiences, and donors. Read more

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Missions with Might

Missions with Might

The Power of Purpose

Heidi Waleson | Governance, Impact/Value

For a handful of choruses, a unique mission galvanizes their entire community—singers, board, audience, and staff—and is the organizing principle around which all else revolves. Read more

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The Importance of Collecting Data on Chorus Operations

The Importance of Collecting Data on Chorus Operations

How You Can Use the Chorus Operations Survey Report

Bess Hamilton Foley | Governance, Operations, Research/Data

As chorus leaders you make important decisions annually, monthly, even daily, that affect the future of your organization. In doing so, be sure to consider context, both internal and external, as you make your choices. What are other choruses doing? What are others in the broader nonprofit community doing? What have we ourselves been doing and how might we do it better? We discuss how others have used the Chorus America Chorus Operations Survey Report to inform their decisionmaking. Read more

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New Voices on Composing and Commissioning

New Voices on Composing and Commissioning

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Technique/Tool

Are more composers increasingly looking to the choral genre as a means for expression? We explore the issue in this roundtable discussion featuring Heather Hitchens of Meet The Composer, John Nuechterlein of the American Composers Forum, and Joanne Hubbard Cossa of the American Music Center. Read more

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A Standing O in Carnegie Hall

A Standing O in Carnegie Hall

Jeff Lunden | Children/Youth, Performance, Profile

A national high school choral festival gives students a taste of bliss when they perform with a professional orchestra in one of the world's most renown concert halls. Read more

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Bridging Cultural Divides: Can Choruses Lead the Way?

Bridging Cultural Divides: Can Choruses Lead the Way?

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Recruitment

Many types of organizations are tackling issues of diversity. Patricia Moore Harbour, who has facilitated a number of these discussions in a process that she describes as the Transformative Learning Experience, believes arts organizations, especially choruses, may start out ahead of the game. Read more

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Working with the Music Director

Working with the Music Director

Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership

Artistic leadership of a chorus is both an individual balancing act and a highly collaborative endeavor. Read more

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Choral Music: Worth Listening To

Choral Music: Worth Listening To

Tom Hall | Audiences, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Performance

When choruses take the time to really sing the text—be it biblical or poetic, somber or silly—we demonstrate the moral consequence of lives that are animated by beauty, passion, and love. Read more

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Ubuntu: Connecting Through Choral Music

Ubuntu: Connecting Through Choral Music

Steven M. Fisher | Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation

The concept of ubuntu: "A person is a person through other people." Throughout black South African history—from ancient times when societies were migratory to the more recent struggle against apartheid—the people have relied on each other for their very survival. One conductor brought the lessons of ubuntu back home to his chorus. Read more

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How to Choose Chorus Apparel

How to Choose Chorus Apparel

Lawana Holland | Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Performance

Finding the right look for your chorus is no easy undertaking. Here's a look at the questions you should consider before making a decision on what your chorus should wear on stage. Read more

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Issues

 

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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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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