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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

 

Beyond Outreach: Four Community Engagement Stories

Beyond Outreach: Four Community Engagement Stories

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation

Choral music has a unique power to touch hearts and souls – but how can choruses leverage that power to impact their communities? These four stories provide some answers.  Read more

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Audiences Everywhere!

Audiences Everywhere!

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Marketing/Public Relations

The people who would love to come to your next concert are out there. But it will require more than just more advertising or deeper discounts to find them and bring them into the fold. Arts consultant Matt Lehrman explains.  Read more

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Illuminating Early Music

Illuminating Early Music

Zoë Madonna | Conducting, History, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire

When done right, these choral directors say, early music transcends its intimidating reputation and connects with audiences. Read more

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The Essential Board Plan

The Essential Board Plan

By Jay W. Vogt and Judy A. Ozbun

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Governance, Operations

These four simple steps will get your board working well on the right work. Read more

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El Sistema For Choruses

El Sistema For Choruses

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Schools

New choral programs are embracing Venezuela's El Sistema model to reach children in America's underserved neighborhoods. Read more

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Singing and the Brain

Singing and the Brain

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Health, Research/Data, Science, Singing

Humans have a special ability to learn songs and change them over time—a skill that is useful in treating neurological problems and may help support overall brain health. Researcher Aniruddh D. Patel explains. Read more

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Funding in the Future

Funding in the Future

Crowdfunding is the way of the future, so start making it part of your development efforts now.

Danny Ozment | Audiences, Fundraising, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool, Technology

I am not an expert at fundraising in the traditional sense. As a recovering choral conductor who became a recording engineer, I’ve never held a fundraising position for any arts nonprofit organization. I did, however, spend 10 years working for two symphonic choruses with budgets of over $1 million and administrative staffs of less than five people. Like many of us, I’ve gotten an on-the-job crash course in fundraising and patron cultivation. Read more

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10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

10 Questions: An Interview with Joe Miller

Steven Zopfi | Careers

As the director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, Joe Miller helps shape the next generation of choral conductors and leaders. Here he reflects on his own training as a conductor and on the future of the choral field. Click on the questions below to view his answers. Read more

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An Interview with Jane Chu

An Interview with Jane Chu

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Profile

This summer marks one year since Jane Chu began her tenure as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. In advance of her keynote conversation at Chorus America’s Boston Conference, she spoke with president and CEO Catherine Dehoney about her career and the important role the arts play in our lives and communities. Read more

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The One-Person Everything Shop

The One-Person Everything Shop

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations

Being the only person managing the day-to-day operations of a chorus is not for the faint of heart, but the pay-off can be sweet. Here’s how a number of solo administrators pull it off. Read more

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Issues

 

Summer 2012, Volume 35, #4

Summer 2012, Volume 35, #4

May 31, 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

September 30, 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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Summer 2011: Volume 34, #4

Summer 2011: Volume 34, #4

May 30, 2011

The print issue includes profiles of numerous choral consortiums and other multi-chorus efforts around the U.S., a feature article on the growing trend of young men's choruses to keep boys singing through voice change, a lengthy exploration of the...Read more

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Spring 2011: Volume 34, #3

Spring 2011: Volume 34, #3

February 28, 2011

Winner of the Association TRENDS Media Bronze Medal, this special focus issue examined the face of today's audience from all angles: data on audience engagement from WolfBrown, lessons to be learned from opera marketing efforts, a conductor's perspective...Read more

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Winter 2010-11: Volume 34, #2

Winter 2010-11: Volume 34, #2

December 31, 2010

The print issue includes these three articles on singer health as one feature article, a discussion on the art and science of good sound design for your concerts, an interview with Grant Gershon on performing Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, and the 2010...Read more

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Fall 2010: Volume 34, #1

Fall 2010: Volume 34, #1

August 30, 2010

The print issue includes a feature story about several choruses who have become ambassadors for peace and reconciliation, an in-depth look at Chanticleer's annual high school choral festival, a guide for the many ways that you should be thanking your...Read more

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Summer 2010: Volume 33, #4

Summer 2010: Volume 33, #4

May 30, 2010

The print issue includes a series of interviews with choral directors on how they nurture artistic excellence in their ensembles, the second of a two-part feaure on professional choruses, this time profiling today's ensembles, a children's chorus...Read more

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Spring 2010: Volume 33, #3

Spring 2010: Volume 33, #3

February 28, 2010

The print issue includes the first of a two-part feature on professional choruses, which examines the rise of professional choruses in the early days and profiles pioneers like Shaw, Wagner, Waring, and others, as well as an essay about audience...Read more

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