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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

 

Managing the  Transition to a Community Board

Managing the Transition to a Community Board

Mary Ann de Barbieri | Governance, Strategic Planning

Choruses undergo many transitions in their life span—founder transitions, music director transitions, transitions from volunteer to paid staff. Perhaps the most delicate of these important transitions is the evolution from a singer board to a community board. This shift from a board comprised predominately of singers who have responsibility for every facet of the organization to a governing body with broad community representation can be both a challenging and lengthy process. Read more

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When Choruses Collaborate

When Choruses Collaborate

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value

A chorus by its very nature is a collaboration - singers, instrumentalists, music directors, front-office staff—all, according to Webster, performing work or labor together, especially literary (read artistic) pursuits." So it comes as no surprise that choruses would extend that collaborative spirit beyond their own organizations. Read more

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Navigating a Founder Transition

Navigating a Founder Transition

Smooth Sailing or Rough Seas?

Mary Ann de Barbieri | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning

What image comes to mind when you hear the term founder transition? Do you think tempest? Do you think sunset cruise? During my work as an arts management consultant I have encountered many organizations navigating a founder transition. This experience has given me a great deal of respect for those who have made successful founder transitions and is the basis for the observations and suggestions I share with organizations facing this important evolution. Read more

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How Choral Singing Changes Lives

How Choral Singing Changes Lives

Heidi Waleson | Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation

Activities undertaken by children and teens can profoundly influence the shape of their lives, and singing in a chorus is unusually powerful. Interviews with choral singers show that such early encounters grow into close, passionate relationships with music and choral singing, reflecting the positive influence that choral singing plays in bringing value, direction, and meaning to lives.  Read more

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10 Steps To Developing A Diverse Board

10 Steps To Developing A Diverse Board

Berit Lakey | Diversity, Governance

There’s a good chance that, like many nonprofits, you aren’t happy with your attempts to achieve diversity. If your best-intentioned efforts are failing, consider these 10 steps to promoting inclusion on your board. Read more

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The Leadership Triad

The Leadership Triad

Oliver Tessier | Governance, Management/Leadership

Few performing arts organizations need to be told they are unique. To start with, the leadership structure of performing arts groups is as distinctive from other nonprofits as performing arts groups are from each other. While most nonprofits divide leadership between the board and the chief executive, performing arts organizations include an artistic director and distribute leadership responsibility within a triad. Read more

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A New Ethics Environment

A New Ethics Environment

Michael G. Daig... | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Operations

You may think that choruses are immune from the transformations that will result from the business and ethics crises that beset politicians and corporations. Far from it. Ethics touches every element of a modern chorus—including board, management, artists, and audience. Read more

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7 Critical Questions to Help Your Chorus Develop an Ethics Program

7 Critical Questions to Help Your Chorus Develop an Ethics Program

Michael G. Daig... | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Operations

Ask these seven questions to start laying the foundation for an ethics program for your chorus, as recommended in "A New Ethics Environment" by Michael Daigneault, Esq. Read more

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Audience Development for the 21st Century

Audience Development for the 21st Century

Ellen Rosewall | Audiences, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Research/Data

Can we translate the good news of Chorus America's "chorus impact study" into larger audiences for choral music? Read more

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The Board's Fiduciary Responsibility

The Board's Fiduciary Responsibility

Enron Provides a Cautionary Tale

Nancy R. Axelrod | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Operations

Aggressive accounting practices used to inflate profits and hide debt, and fuzzy disclosure policies have been identified as major reasons for the breakdown in financial reporting standards at Enron. But this subterfuge raises the deeper question of how well the average board member can rely on any institutional financial statement. 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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