The Voice magazine

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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

 

Digging Deeper with Chorus America's Self-Evaluation Tool

Digging Deeper with Chorus America's Self-Evaluation Tool

Kelsey Menehan | Evaluation, Governance, Management/Leadership, Technique/Tool

Is your choral organization running like a well-oiled machine or in fits and starts? Chorus America’s Online Chorus Self-Evaluation Tool (SET) can help you answer that question. Read more

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Choral Music Online: A Brave New World

Choral Music Online: A Brave New World

Don Lee | Marketing/Public Relations, Social Media, Technique/Tool, Technology

Distributing music online is an opportunity to reach more listeners, but the wide variety of platforms can be confusing. Consider these questions to help your chorus chart the right path. Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?

A B.O.L.D. Approach to Community Engagement

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation

What choruses can learn from a dance company that uses its art form to help communities tell their own stories. Read more

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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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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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