Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Concert Day Details for this Sunday, May 14
We are so very proud of our singers and are looking forward to a full day of celebrating all they have learned and accomplished this spring at our concerts on Sunday. Thank you, parents, for the myriad ways you support your singer's participation in MYC--especially on a busy concert weekend! All the details you need to know are listed below. Thank you for reading carefully. 

Singers should arrive in concert attire (no time or place to change at venue):

Girls: black MYC concert dress, black hosiery (no leggings, please), black flat dressy shoes
Boys: khaki pants, white Oxford, blue blazer, MYC boychoir tie (already tied, please!), black belt (if needed), black dressy shoes (no athletic shoes, please), black socks
Ragazzi: full tuxedo with bow tie, black dressy shoes, black socks

Arrival and Parking
Please review your parking options for the concert venue: First Congregational Church, 1609 University Avenue. We appreciate you sharing this information with your family and friends who will also be attending!

Please drop off your singer first and then find parking so they are not late for their call time.

Singers should enter the main entrance along Breese Terrace or the small side entrance along Old University Avenue. Due to construction at First Congregational, the Lathrop Street entrance is limited to only those patrons with mobility issues requiring an elevator (see note on that below). Singers should NOT use this entrance.

Patrons should enter the main entrance along Breese Terrace. 

Patrons with mobility issues have two options: The Breese Terrace (main) entrance now has an accessible ramp from the sidewalk level to the main doors.  Additionally, there will be drop-off access only (no parking) at the Lathrop Street entrance where patrons may access the elevator to the concert hall.

Call Times
Singers should be in their warm-up space, dressed for their concert at the times listed below. This means getting dropped off about three minutes before the call time (no need to be earlier than that!):

1:30PM Concert
Call time is 12:45PM
Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena and Cantabile report directly to the sanctuary (concert hall).

Please note: we will open the concert hall to patrons when rehearsal is complete likely by 1:05pm. Thank you for your patience as we allow our singers the opportunity to prepare without distraction.

4:00PM Concert
Call time is 3:20 for Purcell, Britten and Holst: report to the Fellowship Room in the basement
Call time is 3:30 for Ragazzi: report upstairs to choir director's office (adjacent the balcony entrances from main lobby)

7:00PM Concert
Call time is 6:30PM
Cantilena reports upstairs to choir director's office (adjacent the balcony entrances from main lobby)
Cantabile and Ragazzi report to Fellowship Room in the basement.

The ticket tables will open approximately 30 minutes before each concert.

Seating is general admission; please respect the "Reserved" signage for our singers.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students ages 7-18; children under 7 are free. There is no 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 (and third) concert they attend after purchasing tickets to the first. Please let us know at the time you purchase your tickets that you wish to attend a subsequent concert.

When the Concert Ends
Please take note of where your singer is seated in the hall and go to them after the concert. Our youngest singers have been instructed to wait by their seats for their parents. This will hopefully alleviate some of the post-concert chaos and speed up the process of clearing the hall after each concert.

We still have volunteer slots open! Volunteers commit to arriving early and providing help to MYC staff and singer ensembles as needed while enjoying complimentary admission to the concert. Please consider lending a hand! Thank you!

SPECIFIC BRAWN NEEDED: If you are not afraid of lifting heavy things, we NEED  your help between 11:30 and 11:45AM on Sunday morning AND after the 7PM concert (if you're available). We are requesting 6-8 sets of muscle to move the altar table from the performance area to the main floor (3-4 steps). Please see special sign up category in the link below. Thank you!!
Turning in Music
Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio & Cantilena
If you still have music to turn in please:
  • remove it from your black binder
  • clip it together along with a piece of paper that includes your name and choir
  • bring this packet only (no bags or binders) to turn in on Sunday at the concert

Purcell, Britten, and Holst
Our final meeting of the season will be this Sunday at our concerts--we will NOT be meeting on Monday, May 15. (If you are scheduled to audition on Monday, we are looking forward to seeing you!)

Please prepare your music to be turned in on Sunday at our concert:
  • remove it from your black binder
  • clip it together along with a piece of paper that includes your name and choir
  • bring your packet of music only (no bags or binders) to turn in on Sunday

We will have bins available to collect music in the warm-up spaces and also near the ticket tables if parents would like to handle this task for their singer. Thank you!
Turning in Wardrobe
We will have instructions for turning in wardrobe in next week's notes.
2017-18 Season Intention Forms
We will still be accepting singer intention forms and deposits this weekend. Please look for the Big Red Box near the ticket table. Submitting your intention form ensures you will receive the time-sensitive 2017-18 placement and registration forms scheduled for delivery to families in mid-June. (Please email Lynn if you need this information resent to you.)

If your singer is eligible to audition, please submit your intention form and then reserve your audition time using the link below:
Concert CD Discount Offer from Audio for the Arts
Audio for the Arts (our concert recording partner) is offering a discount on our spring concert cds ordered before noon on Sunday, May 14. They will also have a table at our concerts where you can browse past concert cds and purchase any missing from your collection!
Family Opera Day: Elixir of Love
We are looking for MYC singers in grades 2-5 to participate in Opera for the Young's current tour of "The Elixir of Love" at Family Opera Day on June 11.

Rehearsals at Westgate, Studio 4
Tuesday, May 30, 4:45-6:00pm
Tuesday, June 6, 4:45-6:00pm

Performance at Overture Center for the Arts
Sunday, June 11, likely 10:45am - 2:45pm (11:00 rehearsal, 12:45 Audience workshop, 1:30 performance)

Please RSVP to Lisa with your singer's name and choir. We will build the roster based on the needs of Opera for the Young. Once you volunteer we assume you have checked the dates and can commit to 100% participation. Lisa will confirm each participant once the list is final--thank you for your patience!
Heartland Youth Choir Visits in June
The Heartland Youth Choir from Des Moines, Iowa will perform an evening concert on Tuesday, June 13, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Middleton. Con Gioia will be joining them in song and we are looking forward to an amazing night of music and new friendships!

Con Gioia: Please check your calendars and let us know via the absence form if you have a conflict.

Would you like to host singers from the Heartland Youth Choir? We are in need of families to provide home stays for 58 singers (21 boys and 37 girls in 5th through 8th grade) following the concert through breakfast on Wednesday morning. Please consider opening your home to host two or more singers overnight on Tuesday, June 13.

All MYC families are invited to host!

Questions? Please contact Lisa at lkjentvet@madisonyouthchoirs.org. Thanks!
Summer Introductory Choir
Summer introductory choir registration is open on our website for the following weeks:

June 12-16 | Colla Voce for girls
June 19-23 | Colla Voce for girls
June 26-30 | Tallis for boys

All sessions meet at Westgate from 9am to noon and are open to students ages 7-10. Completing introductory choir is the first step toward joining a performing choir. Tuition is $190 and assistance is available. Registration is required and each class is limited to 15 students.

Thank you for sharing this information with your friends and neighbors who might be interested in Madison Youth Choirs!
Old National Bank Voting Continues through May 12
Thank you for continuing to vote for MYC in this $1000 donation contest!
You can vote once per day through May 12 either in person at Old National Bank or online at Old National Bank: Choose Your Charity by filling in the following information:

Charity Name: Madison Youth Choirs
Charity Address: P.O. Box 5233
City: Madison
State: WI
Zip: 53705
Favorite Old National Banking Center: Madison- 5750 Raymond Rd.

Please note: if your entry comes back as "invalid", please try again with a new CAPTCHA code.

You must be at least 18 years old to vote, and votes are limited to one per IP address per day. Thanks so much for taking the time to vote for MYC through this new opportunity to support our music education programs!
Madison Marathon (Run Mad Town) and Brat Fest Fundraising Opportunities
Both of these events take place Memorial Day Weekend and provide wonderful opportunities to raise money for Madison Youth Choirs (and make advanced progress toward your 2017-18 family fundraising contribution!).

Scotland 2018 Tour: Informational Meeting
Purcell, Britten, Holst and Ragazzi families: Please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 8, from 6-7pm for our Scotland 2018 Tour meeting to be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in the sanctuary.