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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

Articles

 

Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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Finding Freedom through Song

Finding Freedom through Song

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Prison choirs help inmates reconnect with their self-worth and build a sense of community –both inside and outside prison walls. Read more

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The Changing Grammar of Community Engagement

The Changing Grammar of Community Engagement

Past Imperfect, Present Future

Eric Booth | Community Outreach, Impact/Value

If arts organizations want to stay relevant, the time has come to get serious about building connections with the wealth of creative activity in our communities. Read more

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One Anthem, One Country

One Anthem, One Country

Liza Beth | Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Singing

How Nelson Mandela shaped a national anthem that united South Africans in song. Read more

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Music Criticism Goes Digital

Music Criticism Goes Digital

Heidi Waleson | Marketing/Public Relations, Professional, Social Media, Technology

With the decline of print and the rise of digital media, the role of music criticism has changed. Veteran journalists share their thoughts on what the new landscape means for critics – and choruses. Read more

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Trendspotting: What’s On the Horizon for Choruses

Trendspotting: What’s On the Horizon for Choruses

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Technology

What are the trends, challenges, and opportunities that are shaping choruses and choral music? A panel of leaders in the field weighs in. Read more

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Encircled by Sound: Janet Cardiff’s “Forty Part Motet”

Encircled by Sound: Janet Cardiff’s “Forty Part Motet”

Stacy Horn | Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

A choral singer visits a contemporary sound installation inspired by a centuries-old piece of music. Read more

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Conducting Masterclass Alumni: Important Takeaways

Conducting Masterclass Alumni: Important Takeaways

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Education

More past Fellows speak about the impact of their Masterclass experience. Read more

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Creating a Board Committee that Works

Creating a Board Committee that Works

John William Trotter | Governance, Management/Leadership

Being appointed to chair a committee is the easy part. This practical advice, tested in the real world, will help ensure success. Read more

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Beneath the African Sky

Beneath the African Sky

A girl. A story. A song.

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Impact/Value, Singing

For the composing team of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, inspiration usually comes in the form of a story that grabs them and won’t let go. Such was the case with “Beneath the African Sky”—a lullaby for a lost refugee girl that has become a cry for justice and a song of hope for children’s choruses around the world. Read more

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Issues

 

Fall 2008: Volume 32, #1

Fall 2008: Volume 32, #1

August 31, 2008

The print issue includes an interview with Murray Sidlin about conducting "Verdi at Terezin," interviews with parents about the value of singing in a children's chorus for their child, David Styers of BoardSource on how to recruit younger board members,...Read more

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Summer 2008: Volume 31, #4

Summer 2008: Volume 31, #4

May 31, 2008

The print issue includes a feature article about women in choral conducting, an essay on the importance of branding your messaging, advice on how and when to speak from the podium, a reflection on the ways that ego can be used for good, Catherine Dehoney...Read more

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Spring 2008: Volume 31, #3

Spring 2008: Volume 31, #3

February 28, 2008

The print issue includes a feature article on strategies for working with aging voices, a preview of the 2008 National Performing Arts Convention, a brief reflection on the short-lived TV show "Clash of the Choirs," an essay about innovation as a way of...Read more

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Winter 2007-08: Volume 31, #2

Winter 2007-08: Volume 31, #2

December 31, 2007

The print issue includes an in-depth feature article on choosing the best management software for your chorus, an essay by Alice Parker about the importance of text in choral music, Bess Foley on chairing the finance committee, an essay on engaging...Read more

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Fall 2007: Volume 31, #1

Fall 2007: Volume 31, #1

August 31, 2007

The print issue includes former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia's provocative 2007 commencement address at Stanford University, an examination of the benefits and value found in choruses for senior citizens, Mary Ann de Barbieri on the roles and responsibilities...Read more

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Summer 2007: Volume 30, #4

Summer 2007: Volume 30, #4

May 31, 2007

The print issue includes a roundtable discussion on commissioning with leaders of the major composer organizations, a survey of choruses with specific and powerful missions, an essay on the importance of carefully crafted mission statements, a reflection...Read more

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Spring 2007: Volume 30, #3

Spring 2007: Volume 30, #3

February 28, 2007

The print issue includes a discussion of ways choruses can work to more accurately reflect their communities, profiles of choir couples, an excerpt from Chorus America's new book, Conductors Count, and an essay on the virtues of choral music.Read more

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Winter 2006-07: Volume 30, #2

Winter 2006-07: Volume 30, #2

December 31, 2006

The print issue includes a discussion of the always-thorny chorus apparel question, an exploration of the causes of executive burnout in the choral field, an essay on the value of strategic planning, a guide to getting your chorus in the news, and a...Read more

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Fall 2006: Volume 30, #1

Fall 2006: Volume 30, #1

August 31, 2006

The print issue includes a feature story on the experience of fellows at Chorus America's Choral-Orchestral Masterclass with Christoph Eschenbach and Otto-Werner Mueller at the Curtis Institute of Music, a discussion of what choruses need to consider...Read more

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Summer 2006: Volume 29, #4

Summer 2006: Volume 29, #4

May 31, 2006

The print issue includes a discussion of the ways meditation can enhance choral singing, a profile of the many ways that conductors build a professional career in the choral field, a practical guide to prioritizing the choral manager's day, a guide on...Read more

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