Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, September 12, 2019
This (Wonderful) Weekend with MYC
Saturday, September 14 at Madison Country Day School
Camp for Holst, Purcell, and Britten (see Camp Details below)

Regular Rehearsals Begin:
Sunday, September 15, Westgate Studios, Westgate Mall
4:00 - 5:30pm Choraliers
4:00 - 5:30pm Con Gioia
4:15 - 6:15pm Ragazzi
5:45 - 7:30pm Capriccio [Please note: Capriccio rehearsal now ends at 7:30pm!]
5:45 - 8:00pm Cantilena
6:30 - 9:00pm Cantabile

Monday, September 16, Westgate Studios, Westgate Mall
5:30 - 7:00pm Purcell
5:30 - 7:00pm Britten
7:15 - 8:45pm Holst

Please submit the absence form linked in the header section above if your singer will be absent or arriving late/leaving early. As a safety measure, if your student is not checked in at rehearsal and we have not heard they will be absent, we will call you to verify the absence. The best way to reach us during rehearsals is via the MYC cell phone: 608-770-7464.

Please keep reading for all the details you need to know!
Opening Camp Details for this Saturday, September 14:
Purcell, Britten, and Holst
We are welcoming over 100 singers to camp this Saturday on the beautiful campus of Madison Country Day School in Waunakee.

The Details
Attendance at camp is required. Camp sets the tone for the entire semester and begins the positive momentum toward our rehearsal season.Thank you for making it a priority! If you have an immovable, unavoidable conflict, including a late arrival or early departure, we thank you in advance for communicating those details 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:
Madison Country Day School
5606 River Road, Waunakee

Look for the red MYC signs and use the main school entrance (first parking lot).
Please plan to arrive 10 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 - 4:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 9:20am
Please remember to bring a packed lunch. An afternoon snack will be provided.

Purcell | Britten
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 12:50pm

What should singers bring to camp?
1" black binder for their music
water bottle (please label with singer's name)
a full stomach and energy! (small afternoon snack will be provided)

Everyone should dress comfortably for the day and plan that time will be spent both indoors and outdoors.
Please Join Us on Camp Day!
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities and encourage parents to join us on camp day! We especially need camp chaperones in the afternoon from 1-4pm!

Boychoir Chaperone
It's not every day you get to experience the thrill of 100+ boys engaging all their energy to make music together. Boychoir chaperones enjoy the sneak peek into our upcoming season and the opportunity to experience how MYC teaches and rehearses. Chaperones arrive a bit early and are prepared to help in any way asked throughout the day. Flexibility, energy, and a smile are all that's needed! Please sign up!

Greeters arrive a bit early, smile, and direct "traffic."

MYC Enthusiast (Resource Rep for New Families--see below)

Set Up and Tear Down
If you attend MCDS or live near Waunakee this might be a convenient way to lend a hand!

Interested? Please click below and sign up!
Camp Volunteer
Invitation to New Families on Camp Day
New families are invited to a brief welcome session on camp day designed to provide an introduction to successfully navigating the myriad details of the first-year MYC experience. We want your time with us to be positive and this session will help get you started off on the right foot! Plan to stick around for about 45 minutes after dropping off your singer. We'll meet in the registration area. (Don't worry, it will be obvious where to be!)

If you can't stay for this welcome session, we encourage you to be reading the Weekly Notes thoroughly every Thursday and using our website as your first reference if you have questions.
Are You an MYC Enthusiast?
Be a Resource for New Families!
If you are a returning MYC family who has successfully navigated a season with us and you have enthusiasm to spare, you're invited to attend our welcome session for new MYC families on camp day to extend hospitality and provide your perspective on being part of the MYC community. Thank you for considering this opportunity to help welcome our new families! (Use the sign up button above.)
Rehearsal Parent Opportunity: Smiles Wanted!
MYC Rehearsal Parents have the wonderful job of greeting our singers at every rehearsal (with a smile!) and marking their attendance on the ensemble roster. Rehearsal parents commit to arriving 10-15 minutes before rehearsal begins to be in place and ready to take attendance. Once everyone is checked in, phone calls are made to singers who are absent without prior notification. Volunteering to be a Rehearsal Parent is one of the very best ways to feel connected to the MYC community and provides a great opportunity to get to know not only the singers in your child's ensemble (and their families!) but also see how we rehearse and observe the magic that happens each week inside the rehearsal studios.

Thank you for considering this opportunity! Rehearsal Parents are needed for the following ensembles:

Sunday rehearsals: Con Gioia; Capriccio; Cantilena
Monday rehearsals: Purcell

Responsibilities may vary by ensemble. Please email Ian if you are interested and to get more information. Thank you!
Returning Concert Wardrobe
If your singer is new to Capriccio having sung in Con Gioia last season or new to Ragazzi from Holst, please return their concert wardrobe (Con Gioia dress or boychoir pieces) to the office as soon as possible so we can begin organizing wardrobe for fittings this fall. (See below.)

As a reminder, we do NOT need to be in the office for you to return wardrobe. Please use the blue bin outside our office door making sure your items are labeled with your name.

Questions? Please email Ian. 
Let's Get Fitted!
Outfitting 350 singers with their concert wardrobe (and MYC polo) is a huge undertaking each fall. We are offering multiple opportunities to get this accomplished and appreciate your full cooperation in making this a priority in your schedule. Please read the schedule carefully as outlined below and follow the directions for making an appointment (preferred) or planning to arrive early on the designated wardrobe fitting rehearsal days. 

All fittings need to be completed by Monday, October 7.

Returning singers in Choraliers, Con Gioia, Cantilena, Cantabile, Ragazzi, Purcell, Britten, and Holst: Please try on your concert wardrobe and return any items that no longer fit (clearly labeled with your name) so your wardrobe is available to another singer then plan to be re-fitted on one of the dates offered below.

Returning singers new to Ragazzi from Holst and new to Capriccio from Con Gioia: Please return your concert wardrobe from last season to the MYC office and plan to be fitted for your new concert wardrobe on one of the dates offered below.

All NEW MYC singers need to be fitted on one of the dates offered below.

If possible, please schedule an appointment! Experience has taught us that scheduling your fitting (as opposed to utilizing the drop-in dates) provides a better opportunity for trying on our MYC wardrobe. Please check all of the available dates to see if you can sign up for one of the times before relying on the drop-in dates. You can also email Ian to schedule an alternative time if necessary.

BY APPOINTMENT OPTION: Schedule an appointment using the link below.
September 12 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 23 | 24 | 27 | 
October 1 | 3 | 4 | 
30 minute slots (it likely won't take 30 minutes) between 3pm - 6pm.
Wardrobe Appointment
Drop-in Fitting Dates (no reservation required but please be aware you will likely wait in line)
SUNDAY OPTION (before rehearsal)
When: September 29 or October 6 (choose one)
3pm - 3:50pm | Choraliers, Con Gioia, Ragazzi
5pm - 5:35pm | Capriccio and Cantilena
5pm - 6:15pm | Cantabile

MONDAY OPTION (before rehearsal)
When: September 30 or October 7 (choose one)
2pm - 5pm | Purcell, Britten, and Holst

Before you come in for your fitting, please complete our helpful form to ensure that everyone’s wardrobe fitting is as efficient as possible. 

Can’t find a time listed that works for you? Questions? Please email Ian
It's Coffee Time!
12oz bags of ground or whole bean coffee, freshly roasted by the experts at Just Coffee Cooperative, will be available for purchase throughout the season starting today! Purchase for yourself or sell to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Each bag sold results in a $5 credit to your Family Fundraising for the 2019-20 season.

Orders are due Monday, September 30, and will be available for pick up at rehearsals on October 6/7.

Tuition Payment Due September 16
Tuition statements were emailed last week to families with a balance due. Thank you for your timely payments! 
Madison Opera High School Apprentice Program
Madison Opera is now accepting applications for their 2019/20 High School Apprentice Program. This program offers juniors and seniors in high school the unique opportunity to explore and experience the world of professional opera. With behind-the-scenes access to rehearsals and performances, one-on-one interaction with professional artists and industry experts, and guidance on training and higher education programs, the apprentices receive a thorough introduction to the production process and careers in the performing arts. 

To apply (Deadline September 30, 2019), please visit Madison Opera. 

For more information or questions, please contact the Madison Opera office at (608) 238-8085 or info@madisonopera.org.
A New Place to Perch During Rehearsal
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at rehearsals this weekend--including all the parents who will be filling the hallways along with our students. If you typically camp out in the hallway during rehearsal, you're invited to check out the MYC office suite at the far end of the hallway beyond Studio 5. We'll have the door open and you'll find several soft seats and plenty of horizontal surfaces to do work or read, etc. Use our wifi and enjoy the modest upgrade from the hallway floor while your student is in rehearsal!

Thanks for reading to the end! See you this weekend!