Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, February 22, 2018
This Weekend With MYC
Sunday, February 25, Westgate Studios
    4:00 - 5:30PM    Choraliers
    4:00 - 5:30PM    Con Gioia
    4:15 - 6:15PM    Ragazzi
    5:45 - 7:45PM    Capriccio
    5:45 - 8:00PM    Cantilena
    6:30 - 9:00PM    Cantabile
Monday, February 26, Westgate Studios
    5:30 - 7:00PM    Purcell
    5:30 - 7:00PM    Britten
    7:15 - 8:45PM    Holst

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!
We're Celebrating the 'Big Send' This Weekend!

But first, you need to finalize how you will make your appeal and who you will contact. Are you writing a letter? Sending an email? Setting up a Facebook fundraiser?  However you decide to communicate your MYC story, this is the week to do the hard work of organizing your thoughts, deciding who to contact, and actually writing your appeal. Once this is done, the rest is easy!

Read the Family Guide for inspiration and set a goal for finalizing and sending your letter/appeal by this weekend (February 25/26).

You've written your letter (or you're about to!) and now it's time to send!

Don't forget to include a green donor form with each letter (you can get more from us if you need them or print them from the Members page of our website). And don't forget to set a deadline for responding: We suggest March 16 as our turn-in days are March 18/19.

Once you've sent a letter to at least one person outside of your immediate family, sign the purple participation form in your packet and bring it to rehearsal this weekend. We'll be celebrating everyone's participation with a treat this week! (Purple slips will be collected through the duration of the campaign--once you've contacted someone, turn in your slip!)

Remember: the first measure of participation is sharing your MYC story with at least one person outside of your immediate family. Our goal is 100% participation! Just like in rehearsal, every voice matters and your participation is key.

Not sure whether to use a letter, email or Facebook appeal?
Consider your audience. You know them best.

It's not too late to get started!

Pull out your Family Guide, make a plan and send!

Deciding to participate is often the biggest hurdle. Consider the following encouraging comments from your fellow MYC parents:

The first year we did the campaign I was hesitant. It felt weird to ask family/friends for money without giving them something tangible in return. Much to my surprise, I found family members were more than happy to contribute to a cause they knew was a positive, important organization to their nephew/grandson; and they appreciated knowing all their donation amount benefited the organization (as opposed to buying cookies and the organization only getting a small portion of the proceeds).

Philanthropy in action:

I am humbled and grateful that friends and family have been thrilled to support our daughter's life and thank us for including them.  Even long-distance relatives who aren't able to attend an MYC concert (or benefit from fruit, poinsettias, coffee, etc) are excited for the opportunity to participate in this campaign
Our family has found the MYChoir campaign to be one of the more convenient and approachable ways to meet our fundraising goals.
It's MYChoir (IMC) is both a fundraising campaign and an opportunity for members and staff to share with the wider community the importance of music education and the benefits it provides. Because tuition alone covers less than 50% of the total cost of each singer's enrollment, fundraising is a necessary part of MYC membership. We count on families to fully participate and meet their $200 family fundraising goal each year to help cover the tuition gap. Thank you for participating!
Spring Introductory Choir
Our final session for the spring semester begins next Tuesday, February 27. Registration is 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 ages 7-10.
Madison Boychoir Festival
February 24, 2018 | West High School, Madison

Purcell, Britten, Holst, and Ragazzi: please refer to the detailed email you received on Monday for your Festival details. (We will resend tomorrow, just in case!)

Everyone is invited to the FREE, public concert at 12:30PM in the Stevens Gymnasium (enter from Regent Street). Doors will open when festival choirs have finished rehearsing--likely by 12:10PM.

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!
Con Gioia Rehearsal Survey for April 29
Con Gioia families: it is possible we may need to reschedule the rehearsal time for Sunday, April 29. If you haven't already, would you please take a moment and complete the (extremely brief) Google form linked below so we can make the decision based on what works best for the majority of families?

Once we have everyone's response, we will communicate the rehearsal time for Sunday, April 29, and update your Con Gioia calendar.
Thank you for your timely response!
Capriccio to Sing at Sister Cities Event in April
The Sister Cities Collaboration Committee (SCCC) is planning a major event highlighting all nine of Madison's sister cities on Saturday, April 14 at the MATC-Truax Campus and has invited Capriccio to perform. The committee members were impressed by our recent concerts and thought a musical performance, specifically Capriccio singing A Circle is Cast, would be perfect for their celebration.

We will communicate more details in the coming weeks but in the meantime, please save the date: Saturday, April 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m (this has been added to your calendar). If you have an unavoidable conflict, thank you for letting us know via the online absence form. We are looking forward to Capriccio representing Madison Youth Choirs at this significant shindig in April!
February orders will be available for pick up this weekend at rehearsals. March orders are due Monday, March 12. Families receive $5/unit sold toward their fundraising contribution goal.

Choir! Choir! Choir!
Parents: Choir! Choir! Choir! is coming to Madison this weekend. This community experience started in Canada as a weekly drop-in singing event and combines group building, singing, and comedy. You get a lyric sheet at the door, they teach you a vocal arrangement, and record a video of the evening! It's usually a familiar pop song (think Queen, Prince, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Talking Heads, etc.)

Saturday, February 24, 5PM, at High Noon Saloon.
Run MadTown 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 2018-19 family fundraising contribution, i.e., NEXT season's goal for singers planning to return.)

University Opera's La Boheme Features MYC Singers this Weekend
Friday, Feb. 23, 7:30PM | Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:30PM | Sunday, Feb. 25, 3:00PM

Tickets available through the Wisconsin Union.

Congratulations to the hard-working, enthusiastic, and talented cohort of MYC singers who will be bringing the Parisian street scenes to life this weekend: John Palenik, Eva Malueg, Charlie Malueg, Riley Jackson, Danny Itani, Evelyn Busse, Eleanor Byrnes, Carita Marino, Wills Campbell, and Evan Sercombe. Thanks for representing MYC so brilliantly--we are proud of you!