About Classical Voice North America


Classical Voice North America is the web journal of the Music Critics Association of North America.  Its purpose is three-fold:  1)  to provide expert reviews, commentary and reportage by professional music journalists from across the continent, particularly in areas where classical music coverage has been curtailed or eliminated by traditional publications; 2) to cover national trends from a regional perspective, with MCANA members “on the ground” contributing reports from their communities and 3) to offer MCANA members a global digital showcase that capitalizes on the rapid expansion of online, mobile and multimedia tools. Unless otherwise stated, all contributions are from members of the MCANA. All authors are responsible for content and accuracy; views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the CVNA editorial team or the MCANA board.

About the Music Critics Association of North America:

The Music Critics Association of North America, founded in 1956, is the only North American organization devoted solely to professional classical music critics.  Current members include contributors to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, Musicalamerica.com, NewMusicBox, Toronto Star and the Washington Post as well as program annotators, broadcasters and radio producers.

Primary activities:

  • Web Journal offering online outlets for members – News, reviews, issues in the arts, upcoming events, member blogs and profiles.
  • Annual Conferences – Panels/workshops in tandem with summer festivals, professional conferences or other activities
  • MCANA Institutes – Educational seminars that promote high standards of music criticism and provide professional training.  Recent examples include a workshop in social media at Syracuse University; seminars in Dresden and Bayreuth; institutes in conjunction with the Van Cliburn Competition. Foundation grants and in-kind support from performing arts organizations usually enable MCANA to cover all or part of institute expenses for participants.
For more information about the Music Critics Association of North America, including how to find out whether you might qualify as a member, please visit http://www.mcana.org.