The Voice magazine

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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

 

The Art and Science of Good Sound Design

The Art and Science of Good Sound Design

Michael Shaughnessy | Audiences, Performance, Technology

Whether your needs are as simple as amplifying announcements from the podium or as complex as balancing voices with instruments in a large space, paying attention to sound design can make or break your concert. Read more

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When Children Sing, It's a Family Affair

When Children Sing, It's a Family Affair

Kelsey Menehan | Children/Youth, Education, Families

Participation in a children's chorus yields a return on investment that might seem hard to quantify at first. Parents talk about the many rewards—growing confidence, enhanced musical knowledge and skill, an ability to work together in an accepting, nurturing community, opportunities to travel and learn about other cultures, close friendships—and the challenges of such an investment. Read more

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How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace

How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

There is perhaps no more fitting metaphor for bridging discord than voices joined in harmony. Read more

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Acknowledging Donors

Acknowledging Donors

Saying Thank You Is Just the Beginning

Catherine Dehoney | Fundraising, Governance, Technique/Tool

We all know that thanking our donors is more than good manners—it is a critical part of the donor relations process. But it is just the beginning of a longer- term effort to engage donors more deeply in our organizations. Read more

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The Call to Serve

The Call to Serve

Todd Estabrook | Governance, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

A Chorus America Board chair reflects upon important characteristics to consider when recruiting candidates for your chorus's board. Read more

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Reaching for Artistic Excellence

Reaching for Artistic Excellence

How Choruses Actively Plan for Improvement

Kelsey Menehan | Governance, Impact/Value, Professional, Recruitment, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

No matter where your chorus is on the road toward artistic excellence, you can take steps to get better—a diverse sample of choruses tell their inspiring stories. Read more

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Building Today's Professional Choruses

Building Today's Professional Choruses

Matthew Sigman | Careers, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Professional

Adventuresome repertoire, distinctive voices, flexible organizations, and innovative productions have expanded the concept of what a professional chorus looks like today—here's what it takes to excel. Read more

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The Changing Contract with Your Audience

The Changing Contract with Your Audience

Ann Meier Baker | Audiences, Impact/Value, Innovation, Management/Leadership

Are we in the business of delivering excellent performances or delighting our audiences? The answer of course is both, but too many see it as an either-or construct, limiting their potential. Read more

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Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

How One Chorus Grappled with the Perfect Storm of Bad Economic Circumstances

Eric Holtan | Audiences, Finance, Fundraising, Governance

All of us in the arts feel the pinch in a recession. Here is the story of how the Tucson Chamber Artists weathered the storm of economic bad news during one year, employing adaptive strategies throughout the season to overcome them. Read more

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Making the Most of Media Opportunities

Making the Most of Media Opportunities

Tom Hall | Marketing/Public Relations, Technique/Tool

A professional with experience on both sides of the mic reveals five fundamentals of good media relations. Read more

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Issues

 

Winter 2013/2014, Volume 37 #2

Winter 2013/2014, Volume 37 #2

December 27, 2013

This print issue explores the current and future trends for choruses and choral music, highlights the changes in music criticism in the digital era, and features the story of one singer's trip to visit a contemporary sound installation inspired by a...Read more

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Fall 2013, Volume 37 #1

Fall 2013, Volume 37 #1

October 17, 2013

This print issue highlights the careers of select Conducting Masterclass participants, explores best practices on how to create a committee that works (based on a successful conference session), and features the story of how Rwandan refugee Clemantine...Read more

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Summer 2013, Volume 36 #4

Summer 2013, Volume 36 #4

June 12, 2013

The print issue includes an exploration of how the GLBT choral community has changed along with the times; the benefits of incorporating movement into rehearsals; and in-depth advice on fundraising, from endowments to crowdfunding.Read more

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Spring 2013, Volume 36 #3: Singing and Wellness

Spring 2013, Volume 36 #3: Singing and Wellness

April 17, 2013

In this special issue of The Voice, Chorus America explores the research and tells stories about how singing together contributes to the well-being of individuals, groups, and communities.Read more

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Winter 2012/13, Volume 36 #2

Winter 2012/13, Volume 36 #2

December 17, 2012

The print issue includes an article about Benjamin Britten's War Requiem in honor of the centenary; strategies for artistic leaders to excel in administrative areas as well; findings from Philadelphia's Mendelssohn Club's strategic alliances study; and...Read more

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Fall 2012, Volume 36 #1

Fall 2012, Volume 36 #1

September 19, 2012

The print issue features Eric Friesen's thoughts on the place of the human singing voice in today's constantly changing world, adapted from his keynote speech at Chorus America's 35th Annual Conference; practical advice on how choruses can effectively...Read more

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Summer 2012, Volume 35, #4

Summer 2012, Volume 35, #4

June 1, 2012

The print issue includes an exploration of chorus culture and its impact on a chorus's ability to change; in-depth advice for volunteer choruses that are seeking to add professional singers to their rosters; a spotlight on composer/conductor Alice Parker...Read more

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Spring 2012, Volume 35, #3

Spring 2012, Volume 35, #3

March 1, 2012

The print issue includes an exploration of educational opportunities for conductors; a look at how choral music programming is changing on radio stations nationwide; a spotlight on Chicago a cappella and its journey to capture the history and repertoire...Read more

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Winter 2011-12, Volume 35, #2

Winter 2011-12, Volume 35, #2

December 1, 2011

The print issue includes a series of interviews with ASCAP Award winners about the challenges and rewards of programming contemporary music, a focus on the many paths to becoming the executive or managing director of a chorus, an essay by Chorus America...Read more

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Fall 2011, Volume 35, #1

Fall 2011, Volume 35, #1

October 1, 2011

The print issue includes a feature article examining the best methods for keeping singers in tune, a meditation on choruses as a communal activity, an exploration of "give and get" policies for boards, and a summary of the 2011 Conference.Read more

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