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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

 

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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Five Truths about Marketing that May Not Be True

Five Truths about Marketing that May Not Be True

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations

Chad M. Bauman, arts marketing expert and managing director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, looks at some often-repeated “truisms” about marketing. His data-driven advice may surprise you.  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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Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Chorus America Staff | Management/Leadership, Performance

Tour company executives answer questions posed by Chorus America members. Read more

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Issues

 

Fall 2007: Volume 31, #1

Fall 2007: Volume 31, #1

August 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 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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