Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Dress Rehearsals this Weekend with MYC
Sunday, May 7
All rehearsals this weekend are at our concert venue, First Congregational Church, 1609 University Avenue, Madison.

Thank you for planning ahead so you can arrive and be ready to rehearse at the times listed below. The perfect arrival time is 5-10 minutes before rehearsal begins:

Please note special timing:
1:30 - 2:30pm    Choraliers
2:30 - 3:30pm    Capriccio
3:30 - 4:30pm    Con Gioia
4:30 - 5:30pm    Cantilena
5:30 - 7:30pm    Ragazzi
7:00 - 9:00pm    Cantabile

Monday, May 8
Boychoir rehearses at our concert venue, First Congregational Church, 1609 University Avenue, Madison

Please note special timing:
5:30 - 7:30pm    Britten
6:00 - 7:30pm    Purcell
6:45 - 8:45pm    Holst

NOTE TO ALL: The Lathrop Street entrance to First Congregational Church will be CLOSED on Sunday and Monday due to construction.

Singers should be dropped off (and picked up) along Breese Terrace entering the front of the building and reporting directly to the sanctuary for rehearsal. (Quietly take a seat until your rehearsal begins.) The side entrance along University Avenue will also be open to singers. If using the side entrance along University Avenue turn left once inside the building and report (quietly) to the sanctuary.

Please do not attempt to open or jump any fencing around the building and thank you for respecting all signage and plastic sheeting once inside the building.

Please read about parking in this neighborhood (there are several university lots nearby that are free on weekends). Thank you for sharing this information with your friends and family who will be attending the concerts on May 14.

What to wear to rehearsal:
Please wear your normal school clothes (NOT your concert wardrobe).

Please bring all of your music to rehearsal.

If you need to report an absence or late arrival, please complete the online absence form linked in the header section above. As a safety measure, if your singer 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.

Keep reading for all the details you need to know!
Everything Fits, Right?
(Please Try On Your Concert Wardrobe!)
Limbs get longer during the winter months--please try on your concert wardrobe to make sure everything still fits. If anything needs to be resized, please contact Alyssa ASAP. Concert day is just over one week away!
2017-18 Season Intention Forms
We will still be accepting singer intention forms and deposits this weekend. Please look for the Big Red Box at rehearsals! 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:
Spring Outreach Tours
We have had a tremendous week of traveling and singing together bringing beautiful music to appreciative audiences! Thank you all for your efforts in making this happen. Britten is touring today; Capriccio wraps up our tour week tomorrow.

Important Reminders for Capriccio:
  • We assume your singer is participating unless we have already heard from you regarding their absence. Every voice counts! Please make sure you have communicated the absence to your school.
  • Singers should wear their red MYC polo and jeans or pants.
  • Please note the lunch plans indicated on the itinerary.
  • Thank you for paying attention to the drop-off and pick-up times at Westgate as listed on your itinerary so we can be sure to start the day on time!

Thursday, May 4: Britten
Friday, May 5: Capriccio

Questions? Please ask!
Looking Ahead to Concert Day on May 14
On Sunday, May 14, our singers will be presenting our spring concert series Hide & Seek: Cracking the Musical Code, at First Congregational Church in Madison:

    1:30pm Choraliers, Con Gioia, and Capriccio, featuring Cantilena and Cantabile
    4:00pm Purcell, Britten, and Holst, featuring Ragazzi
    7:00pm Cantilena, Cantabile, and Ragazzi

Call times will be published next week.

Tickets and Seating
Tickets are $10/adult and $5/student (ages 7-18); children under 7 are free. Seating is general admission; thank you for respecting the "Reserved" signage for our singers. We will have more information in next week's notes regarding the ticket tables and best time to arrive, etc.

Please consider volunteering on concert day! You can view the opportunities in the link below. Thank you!
MYC Tuition and Fundraising Statements
Updated tuition and fundraising statements were emailed to families at the end of April who have had activity in the past month or who have a balance. As a reminder, the fundraising contribution goal may be met by writing a check for the balance.This is considered a tax-deductible donation to MYC. Participating in fundraising allows MYC to continue offering its rich array of programs without raising tuition. Thank you for paying attention to your progress toward raising $200!

Some of you may still be receiving It's MYChoir donations which we will continue to record on your fundraising statement. Thank you for submitting your donations to the MYC office as soon as possible. Don't forget to include a donor record form for each donation you submit!
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.