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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 Audience Talks

The Audience Talks

Conversations with Choral Music Concertgoers

Matthew Sigman | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Marketing/Public Relations

Through interviews with random, "ordinary" audience members, we discover how they found their way to choral concerts and what keeps them coming back for more—article includes practical recommendations for choral leaders. Read more

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Selecting Music for Diverse Audiences

Selecting Music for Diverse Audiences

An Interview with Julian Wachner

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Conducting, Innovation, Profile, Repertoire

With so many music directors juggling multiple podiums, choosing repertoire that meets the specific needs of each chorus and the audience in that community takes on special significance. Read more

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How to Engage the Millennial Generation in Choral Music

How to Engage the Millennial Generation in Choral Music

Jan-Marie Petersen | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Innovation, Performance

Choral music covers all manner of human experience—life, death, love, loss, hope, despair, longing, passion, freedom, spirituality. Those are topics that people of all generations can relate to. But it may take a little ingenuity and a willingness to break traditions to get 20- and 30-somethings into your concert hall. Here are three ideas for cultivating young audiences. Read more

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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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Issues

 

Winter 2014/2015, Volume 38 #2

Winter 2014/2015, Volume 38 #2

December 16, 2014

In this special print issue of The Voice focused on touring, Chorus America shares helpful advice from touring experts, answers questions posed by Chorus America members, and features personal stories about touring experiences that have made a big impact.Read more

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Fall 2014, Volume 38 #1

Fall 2014, Volume 38 #1

September 24, 2014

This print issue explores new trends in vocal music with Deke Sharon and Josh Habermann (based on a 2014 Conference plenary session), highlights the most effective ways to measure board performance, and features proven tips for getting the best...Read more

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Summer 2014, Volume 37 #4

Summer 2014, Volume 37 #4

July 8, 2014

This print issue explores trends in online music distribution for choruses, answers many common myths regarding "The Star-Spangled Banner," and explains what choruses can learn from a dance company that uses its art form to help communities tell their...Read more

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Spring 2014, Volume 37 #3

Spring 2014, Volume 37 #3

April 30, 2014

This special print issue focusing on community engagement explores how community engagement practices in the arts have changed, how prison choirs have helped inmates reconnect with their self-worth and build a sense of community, how to lead a successful...Read more

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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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