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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

 

The Power of Many: Crowdfunding for Choruses

The Power of Many: Crowdfunding for Choruses

Liza Beth | Community Outreach, Fundraising, General, Impact/Value, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Social Media, Technology

Choruses are finding crowdfunding success, from raising money for specific projects to participating in community giving events. Read more

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The Evolution of GLBT Choruses

The Evolution of GLBT Choruses

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Performance

Today's GLBT choruses continue to be places to unite in common causes, but their perspectives have changed along with the times. Read more

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Singing and Healthy Children

Singing and Healthy Children

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Education, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Schools, Singing

Participating in a chorus can have a transformative effect on a child’s academic achievement and overall well-being. Read more

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Singing and Healthy Aging

Singing and Healthy Aging

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Health, Performance, Singing

Whether taking up a new activity or continuing a lifelong practice, older adults who sing are reaping a host of social and health benefits. Read more

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Singing and Psychological Well-being

Singing and Psychological Well-being

Kelsey Menehan | Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Research/Data, Singing

The power of group singing to elevate mood and forge relationships can help people weather challenges and face life’s ups and downs. Read more

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Singing at the Threshold

Singing at the Threshold

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing

A growing movement to bring singing into hospice and hospital settings eases end-of-life transitions for patients and their families. Read more

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Choruses and Community Wellness

Choruses and Community Wellness

Don Lee | Audiences, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Health, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Singing

How can we share the wellness benefits of choral singing with a broader community? A growing number of choral leaders are looking at ways to extend the group singing experience beyond the concert hall. Read more

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Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal?

Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal?

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Management/Leadership, Operations, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Chorus America polled a number of choral directors and singers about the pros and cons of allowing questions in rehearsal. Their answers shed light on different teaching and learning styles and the collaborative process in general. Read more

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Learning Leadership

Learning Leadership

“More than just waving our hands”

Don Lee | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership, Professional, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Many choral directors take on administrative responsibility with little formal preparation. Here are strategies to excel in the office and boardroom as well as the concert hall. Read more

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Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

An Act of International Reconciliation

Dr John Evans | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

As the world celebrates the centenary of this central figure of 20th century classical music, noted scholar John Evans illuminates the power and impact of his great choral-orchestral work. Read more

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Issues

 

Fall 2007: Volume 31, #1

Fall 2007: Volume 31, #1

August 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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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Spring 2006: Volume 29, #3

Spring 2006: Volume 29, #3

February 28, 2006

The print issue includes a feature on the rise of urban youth choruses, an essay on new ways to attract audiences, a dialogue between a stage director and a choral director about creative concert productions, Nancy Axelrod on fostering a culture of...Read more

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Winter 2005-06: Volume 29, #2

Winter 2005-06: Volume 29, #2

December 31, 2005

The print issue includes a case study of The Dessoff Choirs' 2004 search for a new music director, a round-up of the latest choral music products, a guide to developing a business continuity plan before disaster strikes, a discussion of the future of...Read more

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Fall 2005: Volume 29, #1

Fall 2005: Volume 29, #1

August 30, 2005

The print issue includes a profile of a creative composer-in-residence collaboration between VocalEssence and three public schools in Minnesota, a reflection on the 50th Anniversary of the Gregg Smith Singers, a discussion of the changing nature of...Read more

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Summer 2005: Volume 28, #4

Summer 2005: Volume 28, #4

May 30, 2005

The print issue includes a feature article about the way choral conductors knit together a career out of multiple positions, a survey of the history and impact of the gay and lesbian chorus movement, an essay reimagining what choral concerts could be, a...Read more

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