Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, October 12, 2017
This Weekend with MYC
Sunday, October 15, Westgate Studios
Regular Rehearsals
3:20 - 4:00PM    Con Gioia BLUE
4:00 - 5:30PM    Con Gioia (full ensemble)
4:00 - 5:30PM    Choraliers
5:45 - 8:00PM    Cantilena
5:45 - 7:45PM    Capriccio
4:15 - 6:15PM    Ragazzi
6:30 - 9:00PM    Cantabile

Monday, October 16, Westgate Studios
Boychoir Rehearsals:
5:30 - 7:00pm Purcell
5:30 - 7:00pm Britten
7:15 - 8:45pm Holst

Boychoir Wardrobe Fittings (see below)
2:30 - 5:00pm

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.

Please keep reading for all the details you need to know.
Boychoir Wardrobe Fittings
Purcell | Britten | Holst
Purcell, Britten and Holst Families: Thank you for prioritizing one of the dates listed below to have your singer fitted for his concert wardrobe. Returning singers should try on their current wardrobe and return any pieces that no longer fit  so we can prepare the items for another singer. Thank you for returning your wardrobe CLEAN and marked with your name.

Monday, October 16 OR October 23
2:30 - 5:00pm
For new and returning singers in Purcell, Britten and Holst who need to be fitted (or refitted) for their concert wardrobe.

Please note: boychoir fittings will need to end promptly at 5pm so the room can be set for 5:30 rehearsal. Please plan to arrive by at least 4:45pm to complete the fitting before 5pm.

Parents: it is helpful if at least one adult accompanies a singer to his fitting as there are multiple pieces to try and your assistance with sizing is appreciated.

We can always use more help with fittings--thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity (sign up below)!
Intergenerational Choir with Capitol Lakes
Begins November 1
Cantabile | Ragazzi
We are excited to invite Cantabile and Ragazzi singers to sing with our Intergenerational Choir at the Capitol Lakes Retirement Community. This tremendously successful project brings together the young singers of Madison Youth Choirs with the residents of Capitol Lakes to create an innovative musical ensemble that demonstrates the importance of creative expression at every age and encourages collaboration between artists of different generations. We are looking forward to another wonderful shared music experience this season!

Interested Cantabile and Ragazzi singers attend three evening rehearsals and a special culminating performance with the Capitol Lakes residents:
Wednesday, November 1, 6pm-7pm in Capitol Lakes Auditorium
Wednesday, November 8, 6pm-7pm in Capitol Lakes Grand Hall
Wednesday, November 15, 6pm-7pm in Capitol Lakes Grand Hall
Saturday, November 18, 6pm warm up, 7pm performance, Grand Hall
IMPORTANT: Please let Lisa Kjentvet know if you are able to participate in this special opportunity by Sunday, October 22. Service hours are available to singers and repertoire includes everything from J.S. Bach to Bob Dylan. We hope you can join us!
Poinsettia Sale Begins
Hallowe'en is just around the corner which means businesses are already planning their holiday season decorations for December. It's time to begin selling poinsettias! Our annual plant sale begins today with order forms available on our website and linked below.

A few details to get you started:
Our poinsettias are supplied by Felly's Greenhouse and are guaranteed. They are beautiful plants that last well beyond the holidays. We sell three colors--pink, white, and red in four sizes ranging in price from $12-$37. Families earn $5 per plant sold, regardless of size, toward their fundraising goal. Plants are available until our stock is sold out but our initial deadline for submitting orders initial orders is November 14 so Felly's has time to prepare the orders for our first set of delivery/pick up dates the week before and after Thanksgiving.

There are two ways to sell: gather individual orders from family, neighbors, coworkers, etc., and/or approach businesses interested in decorating for the holidays or providing gifts to their clients. Restaurants, coffee shops, churches, real estate offices, hair salons, hotels, car dealerships, banks, etc. are all good places to start. Please read through the information sheet before you begin selling and please contact the MYC office with any questions you may have.

MYC retains sales information from past years and will gladly pass along former singer business leads to interested families. If you sold to businesses last year and need your contact information, please let us know--we can easily provide past order information to make your pitch as simple as possible.

Questions? Please ask!
Madison Marathon Fundraising Opportunity
Madison Festivals has several volunteer shifts available Friday, Saturday or Sunday, November 10, 11, or 12, to support the running of the Madison Marathon (with no running required!). Sign up to be a bike escort, course marshall or any number of other necessary positions to help pull off this popular event in November! Volunteers earn $9/hour toward their family fundraising contribution goal. Any position that is not designated with an organization's name is available to be reserved.

October orders will be ready to pick up at rehearsals this weekend.
November orders are due Monday, November 6.

Cantilena: Special Performances this Semester 
We are so looking forward to two special performances with Cantilena this semester (both have been on the calendar for a while--this is a reminder).

Wisconsin Science Festival
Cantilena will join Bassam Shakhashiri (of Science is Fun fame!) for a special performance to end the 2017 Wisconsin Science Festival at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery.
Sunday, November 5 | 1PM Call | 2PM Performance

Caroling on State Street
Cantilena singers have been doing this for many years and it's always a fun afternoon (rain, snow or shine!)
Saturday, December 2 | 1-3pm | State Street, meeting place TBD
Choraliers and Capriccio: October 29 Rehearsal
Rehearsal times have been updated for Sunday, October 29 due to the Madison Opera rehearsal schedule for Carmen. Calendars have been updated (and we will remind you).

Please make a note:
Choraliers will rehearse from 3:30 - 4:30PM
Capriccio will rehearse from 4:45 - 6:15PM
Discount Coupons Available for
A Madison Symphony Christmas
Con Gioia | Ragazzi | Cantabile
Our friends at the MSO have provided $5 discount coupons toward ticket purchases for this event. Coupons are available each week at the Rehearsal Table. One coupon may be used for multiple ticket purchases which means just one coupon is needed per family. As in past years, coupons may only be used in person at the Overture Center Box Office located at 211 State Street.
St. Thomas Boys Choir in Concert
Sunday, November 19, 7PM
The St. Thomas Boys Choir, founded in 1212, of Leipzig, Germany, will be in concert at Luther Memorial Church on Sunday evening, November 19. The program will present music of Johann Sebastian Bach (who served as director of the choir from 1723 to 1750), Schütz, Schein, and Mendelssohn. Tickets are available for advanced purchase through Luther Memorial Church.
Advertise with MYC
Create an immediate connection between your business and our thoughtful, engaged, family-oriented audience by placing a season ad in our concert program books. Rates are affordable and placing an ad identifies your company as a cheerleader for youth arts programming in southern Wisconsin. Please feel free to share the brochure linked below with your business owner or employer. Contact Lynn for more information.

The Power of Story: WPR's Centennial Celebration
Saturday, October 14, 8PM | Overture Center for the Arts

If you love Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television, you don’t want to miss The Power of Story, the grand finale to WPR's centennial year celebrations. Hear personal stories of Wisconsin, learn how NPR reporters craft the stories you love, see WPR’s history come alive, and join in a live Let’s Sing! finale featuring singers from each of MYC's nine performing choirs (they'll be the ones wearing red!) Ticket information linked below.

Thank you for reading to
The End!