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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

 

Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Thomas May | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire

In the last decade of the 20th century, the composer Morten Lauridsen wrote a series of pieces while serving a residency for the Los Angeles Master Chorale that have had a lasting and international impact. This year the choral world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the largest of these milestones, Lux Aeterna. What has given the Lauridsen aesthetic its power to connect and attract? And why does it continue to move performers, composers, and listeners? Read more

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Effective Board Meetings Inspire Effective Leaders

Effective Board Meetings Inspire Effective Leaders

Susan Howlett | Governance, Management/Leadership

Do you look forward to your board meetings?  I didn’t think so. I go to board meetings several times a week, and most of them make me sad. The main reason? The typical meeting structure offers little opportunity for board members to LEAD.  Read more

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The Emerging Art of Choral Theater

The Emerging Art of Choral Theater

Judith Malafronte | Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Technology, Venue

Is this growing trend a gimmick? Or a glimpse of the future? Read more

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Supporting the Choral Ecosystem

Supporting the Choral Ecosystem

A first-of-its-kind convening highlights some promising ideas for helping the choral field thrive

Chorus America Staff | CA News, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

When you stop to think about the ways people sing together, the diversity is breathtaking. Just a partial list includes community, school, collegiate, and church choruses, as well as gospel choirs, barbershop groups, contemporary a cappella ensembles, men’s choruses, and special mission groups like threshold choirs. Read more

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Responding to Tragedy

Responding to Tragedy

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

In the wake of terrible events, choruses and choral leaders have found ways to be part of the response and healing process. Read more

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Understanding Audiences

Understanding Audiences

Takeaways from the Intrinsic Impact Audience Project

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, CA News, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data

This August, Chorus America released the results of the first-ever systematic look at what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music concerts. In partnership with leading research and consulting firm WolfBrown, the Intrinsic Impact Audience Project worked with 23 choruses across North America to survey their audiences.  Read more

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What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

What to Wear: Let’s Get Practical

Kelsey Menehan | Performance

One choral leader described setting a concert attire policy as “somewhere near getting a root canal.” Ouch! We asked choruses—and the choral apparel companies that clothe them—to give us their best advice for making the process as pain-free as possible.  Read more

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Dressing Your Chorus

Dressing Your Chorus

Kelsey Menehan | Performance

Whether your chorus has 10 singers or 110, what those singers wear matters. The overall look should complement, not distract from, the music and communicate a certain level of seriousness, or as one choral conductor quipped, “not like you just walked in off the street.”  Read more

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An Interview with Donna Walker-Kuhne

An Interview with Donna Walker-Kuhne

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Marketing/Public Relations, Profile

An expert in audience development and diversification, Donna Walker-Kuhne has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. In advance of her keynote plenary on “Dynamic Community Engagement” at Chorus America’s Conference in Cincinnati, she spoke with president and CEO Catherine Dehoney about how the conversation around community engagement has changed—and the opportunities this creates for choruses to “roll up their sleeves and dig in.”  Read more

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Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Robert Shaw and the Brahms Requiem

Don Lee | Conducting, History, Profile, Repertoire, Research/Data, Symphonic

No other piece of music captivated iconic conductor Robert Shaw more than the Brahms  Requiem. A symposium presented by Chorus America in honor of the Shaw centenary explored the conductor’s deep connection to this masterwork—and what it reveals about his approach to music and his legacy. Read more

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Issues

 

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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Summer 2011: Volume 34, #4

Summer 2011: Volume 34, #4

May 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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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