Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Dear MYC Families,
In just a few days, we’ll be gathering together as a community to celebrate the culminating concert performances of our nine ensembles comprised of 350 hard-working and thoughtful students. We know concert day is a BIG day for MYC members and their families and we want it to be remembered for its artistry and accomplishments--great and small. We place a high value on the outcome of “being in the moment” and noticing and appreciating the many small steps taken to achieve new levels of mastery by our singers--whether musical, social, or intellectual. Many things are discovered and learned over the course of a semester with MYC and the concert is just one of the places where accomplishments can be showcased. We hope you will find many opportunities to notice all that your singer has learned this semester and celebrate with us on concert day and beyond!

For some of you this will be your first MYC concert, and we hope there will be many more to follow for your family. The following “MYC concert primer” has been prepared to offer some guidance for concert day and to provide reminders to help make the day successful and positively memorable for our singers and exceptionally enjoyable for our audiences. Thank you for carefully reading what follows and, as always, for the myriad ways you support your singer’s participation in MYC. We’re looking forward to a fantastic concert weekend!

Concert Wardrobe
Thank you for planning ahead so that your singer arrives in their concert wardrobe:

Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena, and Cantabile: black MYC concert wardrobe, black hosiery, flat black dressy shoes. Undergarments should NOT be visible at shoulders or neckline and should be black, if possible.

Purcell, Britten, Holst: khaki dress slacks, white Oxford, blue MYC blazer, MYC boychoir tie (already tied, please!), black belt (if needed), black dressy shoes (no athletic shoes, please), black socks

Ragazzi: full tuxedo with black dress shirt, bow tie, black dressy shoes, black socks

Our Venue: Middleton Performing Arts Center
This is a large venue with ample adjacent parking and general admission seating. Thank you for paying attention to our reserved seating for singers.

Arrival on Concert Day
Several ensembles (Purcell, Britten, Holst, Ragazzi, Capriccio, Cantilena, Cantabile) have dress rehearsals on their concert day and will need to carefully review their schedule, arrival times, and dinner break options.  We will also be using the concert hall on Sunday until about 30 minutes before each concert begins. Thank you in advance for not entering the hall until the doors are opened by MYC staff. Your patience is appreciated as we allow our singers their final opportunity to rehearse and our conducting staff their final opportunity to give instructions inside the concert hall.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students ages 7-18; children under 7 are free. Thank you for coming prepared with cash or a check. (Credit cards are accepted but there will be a delay due to slow internet at the MPAC--thanks for bringing cash or a check.) There is never a charge for MYC singers wishing to attend a concert in which they do not sing, e.g., their sibling’s concert. Wearing your concert wardrobe is the easiest way for the ushers to know you are an MYC singer. If you wish to stop at the ticket table to pick up a ticket, that works, too.

Families with singers in more than one concert receive complimentary tickets to the second concert they attend after purchasing tickets to the first. Please let us know when you attend on Saturday that you wish to also attend on Sunday.

Seating for the Concert
Seating is general admission.

We understand that “getting a good seat” on concert day is important to everyone. The important thing to remember is your singer only needs to see their conductor--they don’t need to see you. You’ll be able to enjoy the music from wherever you sit. Thank you for being considerate to your fellow MYC families by not saving entire rows of seats--a few seats on either side of you is fine but holding numerous seats for latecomers should be avoided.

Thank you for honoring the clearly marked reserved seating for our singers, musicians, and patrons with mobility challenges. If you have a family member who needs special consideration on concert day because of mobility issues, please feel free to contact us before Sunday so we can be helpful on concert day.

Concert Recordings and Audience Etiquette
Our concerts are professionally recorded by Audio for the Arts and concert cds may be ordered directly from them via their website or in person on Sunday. Advanced purchases are currently discounted to $14/CD.

Thank you for turning off all electronic devices and refraining from recording or taking pictures from your seat, if possible. (Holding your device at eye level or above from your seat is an unwelcome distraction for those around you.)

If you need to leave the hall during the concert, please time your movement between pieces and during the applause.

We love kids! But if you are attending with young children and they are having trouble enjoying the concert quietly, thank you for stepping out into the lobby so their (very normal, but not musical) sounds will resound in the lobby and not in the concert hall.

MYC staff will be in the hall and in the lobby if you need assistance. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help if needed.

Dress rehearsals are great opportunities to get pictures or record snippets of your child’s ensemble without distracting from the concert experience for those around you. We encourage you to take advantage of our open rehearsals throughout the season and then fully enjoy concert day by “being in the moment,” relishing the music through your eyes and ears instead of behind a screen.

Our Program Books
We hope you enjoy reading the program notes and gaining a deeper understanding of how we approach the learning process at MYC. The ideas presented are meant to inspire you to ask your own “big questions” and make your own connections with the music.

When the Concert Ends
Applause! Applause! Applause! And then...where is my child?

Our youngest singers in Purcell and Choraliers will be led to the lobby by their conductor. Please meet your Purcell or Choraliers singer in the lobby immediately following the concert. All: Please take everything with you that you brought to the concert venue. Singers will need to stop by their warm up space before leaving the building to gather any items brought in, e.g., their coat, etc.

With the exception of those ensembles singing with the Madison Symphony next week, MYC concert day marks the end of our fall semester and so will be the final time everyone is together until January. (Con Gioia, Capriccio MSO, Cantilena, Cantabile, and Ragazzi--we'll have more time together at Overture Center next week!) We're looking forward to a memorable celebration of all the ideas we have pondered together and all the music that has taught us how to notice, how to empathize, and how to become better musicians and people.

We hope this information is helpful to you--thank you for reading through these details and for the many ways you will contribute to our positively memorable concert weekend. If you have any questions before then, thank you for emailing us.