Dear Con Gioia Families and Singers:

You may have already read the email announcing the hiring of two new conductors for Con Gioia this fall (see bios below!). We are so excited for what this means for our program and for our Con Gioia singers in particular. With record enrollment, two conductors allow us to split Con Gioia into two groups of 30-35 singers (instead of one group of 60+ singers). Each group will have their own dedicated conductor and will be organized by grade level: Carrie Enstad will be conducting our Con Gioia 5th graders and Marie McManama will be leading our 6th and 7th graders. Both groups will rehearse at the same time from 4:00pm - 5:30pm at Westgate.

We're especially excited about this new structure as it allows us to continue welcoming new singers in this age range while providing our current Con Gioia singers the right-sized ensemble experience ensuring everyone has a positive and meaningful MYC experience. We hope you will join us in enthusiastically welcoming Carrie and Marie to the MYC family and look forward with great anticipation to our exciting season ahead! If you have any questions, as always, please be in touch with us.

P.S. We hope you're having a fantastic summer and if you have not yet registered your singer for the fall, please refer to the registration email you received on June 8 for all the instructions. The registration deadline is Friday, July 13. (If you need that email resent to you, please let us know!)
Carrie Enstad
Carrie Enstad spent 20 years directing choirs in Minneapolis/St. Paul before moving with her family to Madison.  In Minnesota she taught at Minnetonka High School and The Blake School. Carrie is passionate about working with children’s choirs, and has served on the staffs of The Music Association of Minnetonka and Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs.  In addition, she directed choirs at various churches and The University of St. Thomas. In 2002 she was honored by The American Choral Directors Association of MN with their Outstanding Young Conductor Award. Carrie graduated with honors from Gustavus Adolphus College, and earned an MA in Music Education from The University of St. Thomas.  Here in Madison, Carrie teaches music at Edgewood Campus School and directs the Jubilee Singers at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She is thrilled to be joining the MYC staff.
Marie McManama
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, soprano Marie McManama has performed with the Union Avenue Opera, Cincinnati Opera, St. Louis Symphony, St. Louis Muny, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Grant Park Music Festival, SongFest, and the Grand Teton Music Festival.  She is a founding member of the Madison Choral Project and has sung locally as a soloist with Madison Opera, Opera for the Young, Isthmus Vocal Ensemble, Four Seasons Theatre, Middleton Players Theater, and the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County.  While completing her Masters at CCM in Cincinnati she also earned her second Bachelors in music education and recently won a scholarship from the Wisconsin Music Educators Association for excellence in teaching.  She teaches choir and general music at O’Keeffe Middle School in addition to her private voice studio and is thrilled to join the MYC team!