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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
Managing Editor, Don Lee 

Articles

 

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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An Interview with Jane Chu

An Interview with Jane Chu

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Participation, Profile

This summer marks one year since Jane Chu began her tenure as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. In advance of her keynote conversation at Chorus America’s Boston Conference, she spoke with president and CEO Catherine Dehoney about her career and the important role the arts play in our lives and communities. Read more

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The One-Person Everything Shop

The One-Person Everything Shop

Kelsey Menehan | Careers, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations

Being the only person managing the day-to-day operations of a chorus is not for the faint of heart, but the pay-off can be sweet. Here’s how a number of solo administrators pull it off. Read more

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The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Choral conductors share their professional responsibilities and work-life balance.

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Conducting, Health, Profile

In her memoirs, Alma Mahler narrates the meticulous schedule by which her husband Gustav balanced his daily priorities in order to preserve his energy and maximize the value of every minute. In the summertime, when he composed at their lake house, he took a mandatory afternoon swim, followed by a three-hour walk, rain or shine. In the wintertime, when he conducted in Vienna, the opera house called ahead at lunchtime to ensure that his apartment door was open so he would not have to wait. His soup, hot, was expected to be already placed on the table. Read more

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Technology Tools for Today’s Chorus

Technology Tools for Today’s Chorus

David Dombrosky | Management/Leadership, Technique/Tool, Technology

Your chorus needs effective digital tools to support everyday management, but how do you know what the right tools are? Consider these questions and tips for choosing the most effective technology for your needs.  Read more

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The Magic of the Right Match

The Magic of the Right Match

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Singing

How to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and working with soloists.  Read more

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Exuberant Voices

Exuberant Voices

Don Lee | Impact/Value, Performance, Schools, Singing

High school choral festivals engage teens, produce powerful music, and leave a lasting impact. Read more

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Empower Your Board for Fundraising Success

Empower Your Board for Fundraising Success

Susan Howlett | Fundraising, Management/Leadership

A clear development strategy turns reluctant board members into inspired fundraisers. 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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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