Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Happy New Year and Welcome (back), Everyone!
Rehearsal Schedule This Weekend
Sunday, January 8, Westgate Studios
    4:00 - 5:30PM    Choraliers
    4:00 - 5:30PM    Con Gioia
    5:00 - 7:30PM    Ragazzi
    5:45 - 7:45PM    Capriccio
    5:45 - 8:00PM    Cantilena
    6:00 - 8:45PM    Cantabile
Monday, January 9, Westgate Studios
    5:30 - 7:00PM    Purcell
    5:30 - 7:00PM    Britten
    7:15 - 8:45PM    Holst

As a reminder, you can see your singer's full semester schedule by clicking on the calendar link in the header section above.

If you need to report an absence or late arrival, please complete the on-line 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!
A Warm Welcome to our New MYC Families!
Between mid-season auditions and our graduating fall introductory choir classes MYC is welcoming 40 NEW singers to our performing choirs this January! New faces will be at each rehearsal this weekend--please give them a smile and a warm welcome.

New families are invited to a short welcome and orientation session this weekend where we will give a brief overview of the MYC community and welcome your questions. Parents of new singers are strongly encouraged to attend one of the sessions below that fits with your singer's rehearsal schedule. Sessions will last approximately 30 minutes.

Sunday, January 8, 2017, Studio 4

Monday, January 9, 2017, MYC Office

Rehearsal Reminders
Please bring to rehearsal your 1" black binder for music, a pencil (sharpened) and a water bottle if you think you'll need a drink during rehearsal. Rehearsals begin promptly and a lot happens in the first few minutes--thank you for planning ahead and being on time!
Because Westgate Mall is a public space, we recommend you park your car and walk with your younger singer to and from our rehearsal studios. Singers are encouraged to wait upstairs (where there is MYC staff) if a ride is going to be delayed.

The rehearsal table is staffed from 3:45 to 7:45pm on Sundays and 5:15 to 8pm on Mondays.  We suggest that if you have something to drop off or pick up that you do this BEFORE your rehearsal begins so you don't miss your opportunity.   
The Big Red Box on the rehearsal table may be used for making tuition payments, turning in forms, etc.
Madison Boychoir Festival
January 28, 2017 | West High School, Madison

Members of Purcell, Britten, Holst and Ragazzi play host to hundreds of fellow singers from all over Madison and southern Wisconsin at our 7th Annual Madison Boychoir Festival on Saturday, January 28. Please be reminded:

  • This is on your MYC calendar;
  • it's a required event (please plan ahead!);
  • we need to hear from you via the on-line absence form if you have an immovable, unavoidable conflict;
  • MYC singers DO NOT need to register; we are already planning you will be participating (see above!)
  • Boychoir arrives at West High School at 8:45am and finishes around 1:15pm. The FREE, public concert showcasing the festival's 400+ participants begins at 12:30pm.

This is not only an amazing day for our singers and the community; it's an amazing day filled with logistical victories made possible by our excellent volunteers--YOU! Please consider joining us!
Concert Recordings
Ordering information for concert cds can be found inside your December concert program (page 33) or by visiting the website of our recording partner Audio for the Arts.
Spring Introductory Choir
For students ages 7-10, new sessions of introductory choir begin mid-February and registration is now open on our website under the Join A Choir tab. Completing introductory choir is the first step toward joining a year-long choir for singers this age.
Weather Cancellation Reminders
With winter back in full force in Wisconsin, please be reminded that we will publish rehearsal cancellations on our Facebook page, website and via email to MYC families. We are aware that our families travel from all over southern Wisconsin to attend rehearsals so we encourage you to make your decision to travel based on the conditions where YOU live even if we have not canceled rehearsal based on conditions in Madison. We want everyone to be safe! As always, if your singer is going to be absent, please let us know via the on-line absence form.