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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

 

Choral Music Online: A Brave New World

Choral Music Online: A Brave New World

Don Lee | Marketing/Public Relations, Social Media, Technique/Tool, Technology

Distributing music online is an opportunity to reach more listeners, but the wide variety of platforms can be confusing. Consider these questions to help your chorus chart the right path. Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?

A B.O.L.D. Approach to Community Engagement

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation

What choruses can learn from a dance company that uses its art form to help communities tell their own stories. Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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Finding Freedom through Song

Finding Freedom through Song

Don Lee | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Prison choirs help inmates reconnect with their self-worth and build a sense of community –both inside and outside prison walls. Read more

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The Changing Grammar of Community Engagement

The Changing Grammar of Community Engagement

Past Imperfect, Present Future

Eric Booth | Community Outreach, Impact/Value

If arts organizations want to stay relevant, the time has come to get serious about building connections with the wealth of creative activity in our communities. Read more

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One Anthem, One Country

One Anthem, One Country

Liza Beth | Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Singing

How Nelson Mandela shaped a national anthem that united South Africans in song. Read more

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Music Criticism Goes Digital

Music Criticism Goes Digital

Heidi Waleson | Marketing/Public Relations, Professional, Social Media, Technology

With the decline of print and the rise of digital media, the role of music criticism has changed. Veteran journalists share their thoughts on what the new landscape means for critics – and choruses. Read more

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Trendspotting: What’s On the Horizon for Choruses

Trendspotting: What’s On the Horizon for Choruses

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Technology

What are the trends, challenges, and opportunities that are shaping choruses and choral music? A panel of leaders in the field weighs in. Read more

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Encircled by Sound: Janet Cardiff’s “Forty Part Motet”

Encircled by Sound: Janet Cardiff’s “Forty Part Motet”

Stacy Horn | Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

A choral singer visits a contemporary sound installation inspired by a centuries-old piece of music. Read more

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Issues

 

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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Winter 2003-04: Volume 27, #2

Winter 2003-04: Volume 27, #2

December 31, 2003

The print issue includes a study of the benefits of choral collaborations, a reflection on the life-changing impact of choral singing, the news of Los Angeles Master Chorale's inaugural performance in the new Walt Disney Concert Hall, and a summary of...Read more

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Summer 2003, Volume 26, #4

Summer 2003, Volume 26, #4

May 31, 2003

The print issue includes a feature article about the unique challenges facing symphony choruses and a discussion of how to handle a public-relations crisis.Read more

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Spring 2003, Volume 26, #3

Spring 2003, Volume 26, #3

April 1, 2003

The print issue includes a feature article about the results of the first Chorus Impact Study, an in-depth discussion about managing the transition to a community board by Mary Ann de Barbieri, an article about the relationship between an executive...Read more

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