Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Spring Break Reminder
Sunday, April 9, NO REHEARSALS
Monday, April 10, NO REHEARSALS

Sunday, April 16, NO REHEARSALS
Monday, April 17, regular boychoir rehearsals at Westgate Studios

The MYC office will be closed next week, Monday, April 10 - Friday, April 14. There will be no Weekly Notes next Thursday.

Keep reading for all the details you need to know!
Congratulations and Thank You!
We did it! When everything is counted, we will have exceeded our goal of raising $40K--the most we've ever raised through It's MYChoir! Thank you, singers and parents, for the enthusiasm you brought to this year's campaign. We appreciate everyone's effort--every letter and email, every phone call--thank you! To those participating for the first time--thank you for diving in with enthusiasm. We look forward to building on this momentum next year!

For the second year in a row, Choraliers recorded the winning participation rate of 83% with Purcell raising the most per capita at $184 (27 singers raised just over $7K). Congratulations and thank you to Choraliers and Purcell!

We want to recognize the impressive results of the following individuals/siblings whose recorded donations ranged from $520 to $3,500 (highest total ever)! Congratulations and thank you to:

Susannah and Sarah Bennett (Con Gioia and Capriccio)
Nikole Bolha (Con Gioia)
Alli Ferrigno (Capriccio)
Liam Forrest (Ragazzi)
Elliot Fruit-Ross (Purcell)
Marcus Graham (Ragazzi)
Ethan Staver (Holst)
Emily, Ben and Dan Thom (Capriccio and Purcell)
Aimon Van Houten (Britten)

Many of you still have donations coming in--thank you! We will continue to record your donations and keep you updated on your progress. Families can expect to receive updated tuition and fundraising statements after spring break. As a reminder, donations made to MYC, including those made toward meeting your family fundraising contribution goal, are tax-deductible. 

Thank you!
Please Try On Your Concert Wardrobe!
The best time to do this is NOW so we have time to secure additional wardrobe before the May concert, if necessary. If you need to resize any items, please contact Alyssa. (She will be in the office next week just Monday-Wednesday.)
Old National Bank to Award $1000
This spring, Old National Bank will give $1,000 to 45 non-profit organizations throughout Wisconsin, and you can help Madison Youth Choirs become one of the recipients of this generous contribution! $1,000 will be given to the non-profit receiving the most votes at each banking location, so we'll be focusing on the location closest to our Westgate office, the Old National Bank at 5750 Raymond Rd.

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 and fill 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 CAPCHA 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!
Spring Outreach Tours
It's time to get on the bus! Our spring outreach tour days are fast approaching (see calendar reminders below) and we are looking forward to performing for thousands of Dane County residents who have invited us to their school or retirement home.

What Happens on Tour Day?
Singers meet at and depart from Westgate Mall around 8am and return around 3pm. Specific itinerary details for each choir are linked below. Each ensemble travels by bus to four different venues throughout the day performing selections from their season repertoire for audience members who might not ever have the opportunity to attend one of our concerts. It's a tremendous day of making music, forging friendships, and building lasting memories together--this day is always remembered as a highlight of the MYC experience for our singers.

Each tour is a full day and we ask that you excuse your singer from school to participate in this important community outreach event. The dates have been published on your calendar since the beginning of the season and we assume each singer is participating as everyone is important to the ensemble: please make sure you have taken note of your singer's tour day and have communicated the absence to your school. If you need a written explanation for the absence, we have provided a brief description linked below.

Tour Dates and Itineraries
Wednesday, April 26: Cantabile and Ragazzi
Thursday, April 27: Cantilena
Monday, May 1: Choraliers
Tuesday, May 2: Purcell and Holst | Con Gioia
Thursday, May 4: Britten
Friday, May 5: Capriccio

Want to ride along and lend a hand? Parent chaperones are needed for each tour. Please email Lisa Kjentvet with your interest.
Opera for the Young: Elixir of Love
We are looking for MYC singers to participate in Opera for the Young's current tour of "The Elixir of Love" at Family Opera Day on June 11. We are looking for 16 singers in grades 2-5 who can commit to two rehearsals and the performance day at Overture Center for the Arts.

Rehearsals at Westgate, Studio 4
Tuesday, May 30, 5:30-6:45pm
Tuesday, June 6, 5:30-6:45pm

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 by Friday, April 28. We will very likely not have room for every singer that volunteers and 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!
Special Invitation to Capriccio, Cantilena, Cantabile, Britten and Holst Trebles
We are looking for treble singers from these ensembles to participate in a great project with our good friends at Opera for the Young. This amazing organization presents shortened versions of classic operas (sung in English with the stories given a modern "twist").

Opera for the Young sends teaching materials and a tutorial CD to schools prior to their performances each year. We have been asked to record the choruses for the tutorial CD for next season's tour of Rusalka. We are looking for a group of singers who can commit to two rehearsals and the recording day. Here are the details:

Rehearsals at Westgate Studios (Studio 4)
Tuesday, April 25, 6:15-7:30pm
Tuesday, May 2, 6:15-7:30pm

Recording Date (Location TBD)
Saturday, May 6, 1:00PM - 2:30PM

Please RSVP to Lisa Kjentvet with your singer's name and choir if you are interested and available for both rehearsals and the recording date. We may not have room for every singer that volunteers and 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!
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.