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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

 

Changing Your Chorus from Within

Changing Your Chorus from Within

David Costanza | Diversity, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

How chorus leaders can use the principles of organizational culture to implement change and get the best results for their organizations Read more

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Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

Alice Parker: The Belle of Hawley

Matthew Sigman | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Singing

This peripatetic Jenny Appleseed of melody continues to traverse the country as a distinguished teacher, coach, conductor, and advocate for words and melody Read more

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A Capital Farewell for Norman Scribner

A Capital Farewell for Norman Scribner

Robin L. Perry | Conducting

DC's "dean" of choral conductors steps down and reflects on a career that spanned a half century in the U.S. capital Read more

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When Only Some Singers Are Paid

When Only Some Singers Are Paid

Don Lee | Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

The experience of several professional core choruses demonstrates there are ways to gracefully handle the inherent tension that arises when paid singers are brought on board in a mostly volunteer ensemble. Here are eight tips from managers, conductors, and volunteer singers who have been through this process. Read more

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Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Transitioning to a Professional Core Chorus

Don Lee | Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

Adding paid professional singers to a volunteer chorus raises issues of fairness, finances, artistic prowess, and culture. We offer advice for managing the process from those who've been through it. Read more

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The Power of Recognition

The Power of Recognition

Ann Meier Baker | Awards

Shining the spotlight on exceptional work fosters even greater achievement. Read more

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Creating a Conducting Video

Creating a Conducting Video

An Essential Part of a Conductor's Portfolio

David Hayes | Careers, Conducting, Education, Performance, Professional, Technique/Tool, Technology

Videos play a vital role in advancing the careers of conductors today, both as self-evaluation tools and as a way to easily showcase skills to others. We explore two types of conducting videos, the guidelines to create them, and how to use them to enhance your career. Read more

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Choral Music on the Radio

Choral Music on the Radio

A New Blend

Don Lee | Audiences, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Technology

Today's radio programmers are moving past the bad rap of early research and experimenting with a richer mix of choral and vocal music. Read more

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Chicago a cappella: Leveraging Repertoire To Build a Brand

Chicago a cappella: Leveraging Repertoire To Build a Brand

Matthew Sigman | Community Outreach, Marketing/Public Relations, Repertoire

A journey through the history of Jewish liturgical music alters a chorus’s path to the future. Read more

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How Building a Website Can Transform an Organization

How Building a Website Can Transform an Organization

Robin L. Perry | Technology

Chorus America set out to build a new website and it ended up reshaping our organization. Here's what we learned along the way. Read more

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Issues

 

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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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 31, 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 31, 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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Winter 2004-05: Volume 28, #2

Winter 2004-05: Volume 28, #2

December 31, 2004

The print issue includes an in-depth exploration of emerging research detailing the enhanced health and emotional benefits of singing, a guide to ethical fundraising practices, a focus on building your chorus brand, and a reflection on ways to program...Read more

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Fall 2004: Volume 28, #1

Fall 2004: Volume 28, #1

August 31, 2004

In addition to introducing a bold, colorful, new design, the print issue includes a reflection on the musical legacy of the Dale Warland Singers, top choral CD picks by classical broadcasters, a feature on the children's chorus Conducting Masterclass, an...Read more

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Summer 2004: Volume 27, #4

Summer 2004: Volume 27, #4

May 31, 2004

The print issue includes an examination of the rise of collegiate a cappella, engaging your board in fundraising, putting your season marketing dollars to good use (in the days before e-marketing), and addressing religious intolerance through music.Read more

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Spring 2004: Volume 27, #3

Spring 2004: Volume 27, #3

February 28, 2004

The print issue includes an exploration of the career paths of choral conductors, a step-by-step guide to building a more diverse board, a case for the importance of gathering data from your audience members, and guest columns by Kirke Mechem and Chorus...Read more

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