Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, September 17, 2015
This Weekend With MYC
Saturday, September 19 we welcome nearly 100 singers in Purcell, Britten and Holst to our opening camp activities on the beautiful campus of Madison Country Day School in Waunakee.

Sunday, September 20, regular rehearsals at our Westgate Studios begin in earnest for Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena, Cantabile and Ragazzi. Please plan to arrive extra early to be fitted for your concert wardrobe!

    Ragazzi and Cantabile
    Please note your special rehearsal times for this Sunday only:
        4:15-7:00pm    Ragazzi
        5:00-8:00pm    Cantabile

Monday, September 21, Purcell, Britten and Holst have their regular rehearsals at our Westgate Studios. Please plan to arrive early to be fitted for your MYC polo. 

Keep reading for all the details you need to know!
Attendance at camp is required. Your singer's camp date has been set for months and communicated to you when you received your registration forms. Thank you for making it a priority! If you have an immovable, unavoidable conflict, including a late arrival or early departure, we expect you to communicate that to us via the on-line absence form linked at the top of this email and found on the Members page of our website.

Camp location:

Look for the red MYC signs and use the main school entrance (first parking lot).

Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the time listed below for your ensemble. Arriving earlier than that is discouraged unless you have signed up to help! Rehearsals will begin promptly and be finished at the time noted. Thank you for being prompt on both ends of the day!

9:30am to 4:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 9:20am
Snack provided
DON'T FORGET: Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration.

Purcell and Britten
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 12:50pm
Snack provided
What should you bring to camp?
  • 1" black binder for music (please label with singer's name!)
  • water bottle (please label!)
  • a full stomach and energy! (A small snack will be provided.)

What should you wear?
Everyone should dress comfortably for the day and plan that time will be spent both indoors and outdoors.

Missing Forms
Please be prepared: If we do not have a complete set of registration forms for your singer, you will be asked to submit them on Saturday.
Invitation to New Boychoir Families
New (and returning!) boychoir families are invited to a brief Q&A session on camp day designed to provide an introduction to successfully navigating the myriad details of the MYC experience. We want your year with us to be positive and this session might help get you started off on the right foot! (Returning families are welcome as well.) Plan to stick around for about 30 minutes after dropping off your singer. We'll meet in the registration area. (Don't worry, it will be obvious where to be!)

Morning Session Begins: 9:30am
Afternoon Session Begins: 1:00pm
"Garage Sale" at Camp
We have cleaned house at MYC over the summer and found many items that folks may be interested in owning (for very little money!). Vintage and recent MYC concert cd's, Boychoir Festival T-shirts, It's MYChoir gear, etc. Plan to stop by the sale table to take a look and please bring your checkbook or be ready with small bills as we will not be able to make change.
Sunday, September 20, Westgate Studios
    4:00pm - 5:30pm    Choraliers
    4:00pm - 5:30pm    Con Gioia
    4:15pm - 7:00pm    Ragazzi (special time)
    5:00pm - 8:00pm    Cantabile (special time)
    5:45pm - 7:45pm    Capriccio
    5:45pm - 8:00pm    Cantilena

Monday, September 21, Westgate Studios
    5:30pm - 7:00pm    Purcell
    5:30pm - 7:00pm    Britten
    7:15pm - 8:45pm    Holst

Singers should bring their 1" black binder for music and a water bottle (if needed). Rehearsal begins promptly and the perfect time to arrive is 8-10 minutes before the beginning of rehearsal.

Upon arrival, please check in with the rehearsal parent and find your seat.

The MYC rehearsal table is staffed each week by Ian Disjardin, our Rehearsal Coordinator. If you have a question, he can point you in the right direction.

Because Westgate Mall is a public space, we recommend younger singers are accompanied by a parent between the parking lot and the rehearsal area on the second floor of the mall. If a singer needs to wait for a ride, they are welcome to stay on the second floor near the rehearsal table until a parent arrives.

If you need to report an absence or late arrival, please complete the on-line absence form linked in the header section above. The best way to reach us during rehearsals is via the MYC cell phone: 608-770-7464.
Sunday, September 20
3:00 - 6:30pm
For: new and returning singers in Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena and Cantabile who need to be fitted (or refitted) for their concert wardrobe.

Singers should plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before their scheduled rehearsal time to be fitted. Please make every effort to take care of this on September 20 as we are very limited in providing individual appointments for fittings during the week.

All singers should return their wardrobe pieces that no longer fit to the MYC office. Please label your pieces with your name so they get checked in properly.

Monday, September 21
4:45 - 7:00pm
For: new and returning singers in Purcell, Britten and Holst who need to be fitted (or refitted) with their MYC polo. 

Please plan to arrive early to rehearsal. We will stop fittings by 5:25pm so rehearsal can begin on time. Returning singers: if your current polo no longer fits, please return it!

Boychoir concert wardrobe fittings (including Ragazzi) will take place in October.

Would you like to help organize our wardrobe or assist with our fittings? We need your help! Click below to volunteer. Questions? Please email Alyssa.
Say Hello to Our Rehearsal Parents
Rehearsal parents volunteer to take attendance and you will see them every week with a smile and a clipboard ready to check-in your singer upon arrival. If your singer is not checked in once rehearsal begins and we have not heard they will be absent or arriving late, you can expect to receive a phone call from a rehearsal parent. Please make their job a bit easier by letting us know in advance that your singer will be absent or arriving late by completing the absence form linked in the header section above. As a reminder, you can read about our absence policy in the Handbook (also linked in the header section above--handy!)

Thank you, Rehearsal Parents!
Choraliers:   Lucy Heimer
Con Gioia:   Carolyn Hui
Capriccio:    Anastasia Doherty
Cantilena:    OPEN! Are you interested? Please email Lynn! 

Purcell:        Vanessa Ott
Britten:         Kelly Meiss
Holst:           Carol Borcherding
Fall Introductory Choir
Our fall sessions begin next week! If you have a younger singer in your family (age 7-10) interested in enrolling in our fall introductory choir program, we encourage you to register now as sessions are filling and once classes begin, we close registration. Classes are offered on Saturday morning (Monona location); Sunday afternoon, (Westgate) and Tuesday evening (Westgate). Registration is open on our website!
Madison Opera High School Apprentice Program
Madison Opera is now accepting applicants for their High School Apprentice Program. The program offers juniors and seniors in high school the unique opportunity to explore and experience the world of professional opera. 

We have had many MYC singers participate in this amazing program over the years!

Deadline to apply is October 9, 2015. Please visit Madison Opera for the application and more information.
Vote For Us!
The Best of Madison annual poll of your favorites among favorites is now open and Madison Youth Choirs has AGAIN been nominated in the Youth Performing Arts section under Arts and Entertainment. You may recall, we won the Silver Award last year. Every vote counts...well, sort of. Keep reading!

Voting this year requires a bit more of your time--be prepared to complete at least 25% of the entire ballot before your vote is counted. You may still vote once per day from each of your email addresses but no votes will be counted unless the ballot is at least 25% complete. How many categories must you cover to achieve this level of participation? According to our calculations, approximately 35.

Have fun exploring the many, many categories on the ballot and thank you for voting!