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 nearly 3,000 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

 

Getting Grants for Your Chorus

Getting Grants for Your Chorus

Chorus America Staff | Awards, Evaluation, Finance, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Operations

Three funders share their do’s and don’ts for successful grant applications.   Read more

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Making the First Hire

Making the First Hire

Don Lee | Careers, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations, Strategic Planning

Hiring your chorus’s first employee is an important step. Here’s how to make sure you get it right. Read more

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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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Issues

 

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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Winter 2009-10: Volume 33, #2

Winter 2009-10: Volume 33, #2

December 31, 2009

The print issue includes a feature article about unraveling the mystery of music's profound impact on listeners and singers, a spotlight on the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington's concert-length commission about crystal meth addiction, a growing crisis in...Read more

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Fall 2009: Volume 33, #1

Fall 2009: Volume 33, #1

August 31, 2009

The print issue includes the third of our "Spotlight on Innovation" series, featuring choruses who have performed in unique spaces in service of the music and in hopes of reaching new audiences, an in-depth profile of several model education outreach...Read more

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Summer 2009: Volume 32, #4

Summer 2009: Volume 32, #4

May 31, 2009

In addition to sporting a new logo and masthead, the print issue includes the second in our "Spotlight on Innovation" series: an in-depth exploration of VocalEssence's Eric Whitacre Extravaganza, which engaged thousands of young people via community...Read more

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Spring 2009: Volume 32, #3

Spring 2009: Volume 32, #3

February 28, 2009

The print issue includes the first installment in our "Spotlight on Innovation" series, a profile of Conspirare featuring interviews with Craig Hella Johnson and several of the early members of the professional choir whose members come from across the U....Read more

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Winter 2008-09: Volume 32, #2

Winter 2008-09: Volume 32, #2

December 31, 2008

The print issue includes a feature article on the rewards for choruses who have made the extra effort to accommodate singers with disabilities, an essay by Chorus America Chairman Todd Estabrook on the value of arts in times of crisis, a primer on key...Read more

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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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