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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; Associate Editor, Lauren Rosenthal

Articles

 

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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Taking It on the Road: Tips for Touring

Taking It on the Road: Tips for Touring

Kathryn Mueller | Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations

Are you considering a first tour for your chorus? Here are more tips from tour companies and choruses for making it the best possible experience for your members and your organization. Read more

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Making Choruses Cool(er): Audience Takeaways

Making Choruses Cool(er): Audience Takeaways

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

Chorus America members reflect on what Josh and Deke’s thoughts mean to them and their work in the choral field. Read more

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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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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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Endowment Fundraising: What Every Chorus Needs to Know

Endowment Fundraising: What Every Chorus Needs to Know

Catherine Dehoney | Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Operations

It’s important to consider whether endowment fundraising is right for your chorus and to carefully plan before taking the leap. Read more

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Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

Is it Ok to Ask Questions During Rehearsal? Tips and Strategies

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

Here are more techniques for both conductors and singers to consider after reading the article "Is It Okay to Ask Questions During Rehearsal" by Kelsey Menehan. Read more

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The Art of Strategic Alliances: Best Practices

The Art of Strategic Alliances: Best Practices

Matthew Sigman | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Governance, Innovation, Professional, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Considering a strategic alliance? You might also want to consider these best practices drawn from the major findings of the Mendelssohn Club's Strategic Alliances study featured in the article "The Art of Strategic Alliances" by Matthew Sigman. Read more

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The Art of Strategic Alliances

The Art of Strategic Alliances

Matthew Sigman | Composing/Commissioning, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

When do partnerships add value and when do they distract from a chorus’s mission?  Philadelphia’s venerable Mendelssohn Club explores the spectrum of collaboration, from artistic to administrative. Read more

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The Changing World of Communications

The Changing World of Communications

Communications director Robin L. Perry reflects on how the tsunami of technology has changed the way organizations communicate.

Gayle Ober | CA News, Careers, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Social Media

With this issue of The Voice, editor Robin L. Perry says farewell. After 12 years at Chorus America, she is taking on a new challenge, working with her father on a biography, which will involve a move to California. Chorus America has been the beneficiary of Robin's expertise, creativity, and hard work. She leaves us with a terrific base on which to grow and we wish her all the best in her new venture. I asked her to reflect on her tenure as director of communications and to share with readers her perspectives on how communications have changed during that time. Read more

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Issues

 

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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Spring 2005: Volume 28, #3

Spring 2005: Volume 28, #3

February 28, 2005

The print issue includes a discussion on the future of choral music on the radio, an essay on sacred texts by renowned musicologist Michael Steinberg, an essay on defining a "chorus," and a list of key fundraising mistakes to avoid.Read more

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