Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Welcome (Back) to MYC!
Our 2016-17 season is about to begin and we wish to welcome our entire roster of singers and their families to what promises to be another unforgettable year of MYC music-making. Thank you for being a part of our special community!

With over 330 singers on the roster we are a BIG and BUSY family with a lot of important details to share every week. With the hope of not overwhelming your inbox, we send one weekly email (just like this one!) every Thursday throughout the season. Please read it! The weekly email is where you will learn about schedule changes, volunteer needs, wardrobe fittings, special performance opportunities, etc. Each "Weekly" is archived on our website (under the "Members" tab) so if you miss it in your inbox you can always find the information you need.

To our 60+ (wow!) new families we extend a special welcome! We know it can feel overwhelming at the beginning but we promise you will be experts on all things MYC in no time--welcome!
First Rehearsals
Sunday, August 28, Westgate Studios
  •  4:45 - 6:15pm Ragazzi (Please see Mike's email sent 8/17!)
  •  6:30 - 8:30pm Cantabile

NO REHEARSALS Sunday, September 4 nor Monday, September 5

Sunday, September 11, 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 - 8:45pm Cantabile

Monday, September 12, Westgate Studios
  • 5:30 - 7:00pm Purcell
  • 5:30 - 7:00pm Britten
  • 7:15 - 8:45pm Holst

Your singer's full rehearsal and performance schedule for the entire season can be found on the Calendar link above. To add your singer's rehearsal calendar to your Google collection click here and use the +Google icon to subscribe.

We take attendance at every rehearsal. If your singer is not checked in and we haven't heard they will be absent, we will call you. You can let us know your singer will be absent, late or leaving early by completing the on-line Absence Form linked above and on the Members page of our website. Please review our Attendance Policy in the MYC Handbook (also linked above and on our website).

Each singer should arrive at rehearsal with a black 1" binder for their music.

We begin and end on time. Please plan ahead so your singer is seated and ready to rehearse when their ensemble begins.
Camp Details
Every new season with Madison Youth Choirs begins with an opening camp day for each ensemble. Singers meet their conductors and fellow ensemble members for an extended time, music is made, and friendships are sparked! Camp sets the tone for the entire semester and begins the positive momentum toward our rehearsal season.

Attendance at camp is required. Your singer's camp date has been set for months and communicated to you when you received your registration forms. Thank you for making it a priority! If you have an immovable, unavoidable conflict, we expect you to communicate that to us via the on-line absence form linked at the top of this email and found on the Members page of our website.

Camp is held on the beautiful campus of Madison Country Day School, 5606 River Road in Waunakee.

Purcell, Britten and Holst meet on Saturday, September 10.

Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena, Cantabile and Ragazzi meet on Saturday, September 17.

Please check your singer's ensemble calendar for start and end times. Did you notice you can click directly to the calendar at the top of this email? Nifty!

What should singers bring to camp?
  • 1" black binder for their music
  • water bottle
  • a full stomach and energy! (A small snack will be provided.)

Singers in Cantabile, Ragazzi and Holst should also bring a sack lunch that does not need to be refrigerated.

Everyone should dress comfortably for the day and plan that time will be spent both indoors and outdoors.
Want to Join Us on Camp Day?
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities and encourage parents to consider joining us on camp day! Take a look at the options below then click the Join Us button to volunteer.

Ensemble Chaperone
Depending upon the ensemble this could be a very busy or very low-key day! Chaperones enjoy the sneak peek into our upcoming season and the opportunity to experience how MYC teaches and rehearses. Chaperones arrive a bit early and are prepared to help in any way asked throughout the day. Flexibility, energy and a smile are all that's needed!

Greeters arrive a bit early, smile and direct "traffic."

Set Up and Tear Down
If you attend MCDS or live near Waunakee this might be a convenient way to lend a hand!

Pencil Sharpening
This can be done at your house but you will need to come by the office to pick up supplies.

Interested? Please click below and sign up! Questions? Please email Lynn.
Invitation to New Families
New (and returning!) families are invited to a brief welcome session on camp day designed to provide an introduction to successfully navigating the myriad details of the MYC experience. We want your year with us to be positive and this session might help get you started off on the right foot! (Returning families are welcome as well.) Plan to stick around for about 45 minutes after dropping off your singer. We'll meet in the registration area. (Don't worry, it will be obvious where to be!)
Fall Introductory Choir
If you have a younger singer in your family (age 7-10) interested in enrolling in our fall introductory choir program, we encourage you to register as soon as possible as our sessions are starting soon. Classes begin the third week of September and are offered on Sunday afternoon or Tuesday evening for ten weeks. Registration is open on our website!
Final Audition Opportunity for New Singers
If you know a singer in 5th grade or above who would like the opportunity to join us for the 2016-17 season, please direct them to our final evening of auditions taking place on Tuesday, September 6. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting our Join a Choir page on our website.
Please return last season's concert wardrobe to the MYC office if:
  • it no longer fits
  • you moved choirs and your NEW ensemble is Capriccio, Cantilena or Ragazzi

Please mark your returning wardrobe with your name (masking tape works great). Red MYC polos should only be returned if they no longer fit.
Current Capriccio singers who traveled to Scotland should return their Scotland tour dress.

We will be publishing the wardrobe fitting schedule for each ensemble next week.

Wardrobe should be returned to the MYC office and can be brought to Westgate during office hours or on your first rehearsal day (please do NOT bring wardrobe to camp.) 
MYC Office Hours
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Please note, however, we will be closed on the following days:
  • Friday, August 26
  • Friday, September 2
  • Monday, September 5

See you soon!