Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Opening Weekend for MYC!
This Saturday, September 12, we welcome nearly 240 singers in Cantabile, Ragazzi, Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio and Cantilena to our opening camp activities on the beautiful campus of Madison Country Day School in Waunakee.

On Monday (yes, Monday is considered part of the MYC "weekend") we welcome nearly 100 Purcell, Britten and Holst singers to their first rehearsal of the season.

There are myriad ways to be involved and lend a helping hand these next few weeks! Please check out all the volunteer opportunities below. 
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, including a late arrival or early departure, 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 location:

Look for the red MYC signs and use the main school entrance (first parking lot).

Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the time listed below for your ensemble. Arriving earlier than that is discouraged unless you have signed up to help! Rehearsals will begin promptly and be finished at the time noted. Thank you for being prompt on both ends of the day!

Choraliers and Con Gioia
9:30am to Noon
Perfect arrival time: 9:15am
Snack provided

Cantabile and Ragazzi
10:00am to 4:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 9:45am
Snack provided
VERY IMPORTANT: Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration.

Capriccio and Cantilena
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 12:45pm
Snack provided

What should you bring to camp?
  • 1" black binder for their music (please label with singer's name!)
  • water bottle (please label!)
  • a full stomach and energy! (A small snack will be provided.)

What should you wear?
Everyone should dress comfortably for the day and plan that time will be spent both indoors and outdoors.

Missing Forms
Please be prepared: If we do not have a complete set of registration forms for your singer, you will be asked to submit them on Saturday.

Camp for Purcell, Britten and Holst will take place on Saturday, September 19.
Invitation to New Families
New (and returning!) families are invited to a brief Q&A 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!)

Morning Session: 9:30am*
Afternoon Session: 1:00pm

*If you are a new Cantabile or Ragazzi family and wish to attend the Q&A, please note that it begins at 9:30 so you will want to plan to arrive before the "Perfect Arrival Time" noted on the schedule above. 

We Need Your Help!
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 on Friday afternoon or at the end of camp on Saturday.

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.
"Garage Sale" at Camp
We have cleaned house at MYC over the summer and found a few items that folks may be interested in owning (for very little money!). Vintage MYC concert cd's, Boychoir Festival T-shirts, It's MYChoir gear, etc. Plan to stop by the sale table to take a look and please bring your checkbook or be ready with small bills as we will not be able to make change.
Monday, September 14, Westgate Studios
    Purcell: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
    Britten: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
    Holst: 7:15pm to 8:45pm

Boys should bring a 1" black binder for their music and a water bottle (if needed). Rehearsal begins promptly and the perfect time to arrive is 8-10 minutes before the beginning of rehearsal.

Upon arrival, please check in with the rehearsal parent at the door and find your seat!

If you are a returning singer who has outgrown your wardrobe, Monday would be a perfect time to bring it back. Please label all the pieces with your name (on masking tape or paper and turn it in at the Rehearsal Table.)

A Special Note from the Artistic Director:
Shana Tova! If you're celebrating Rosh Hashannah this weekend (like I am) and your family's observance or celebration extends into Monday evening, please don't worry about missing Monday's rehearsal--we understand. Please do submit an on-line absence form if your son will not be at rehearsal Monday.
Con Gioia at Wisconsin Science Festival
Yay! Con Gioia has been invited to perform with Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri at the Wisconsin Science Festival on Sunday, October 25. Singers will need to arrive at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery by 2:00pm. The show/demonstration/performance will run from 2:30 to 4:00pm.

More information to follow. For now, please mark your calendars!
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, Tuesday evening or Saturday morning for ten weeks. Registration is open on our website!
We will be providing wardrobe fittings for new and returning singers in Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena and Cantabile who need to be fitted (or refitted) for their concert wardrobe on Sunday, September 20 from 3 - 6:30pm. Singers should plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before their scheduled rehearsal time to be fitted. Please make every effort to take care of this on September 20 as we are very limited in providing individual appointments for fittings during the week.

All singers should return their wardrobe pieces that no longer fit to the MYC office. Please label your pieces with your name so they get checked in properly.

We will be fitting new (and returning, if needed) Purcell, Britten and Holst singers with their MYC polo on Monday, September 21 from 4:45 to 7pm. Please plan to arrive early to rehearsal to receive your polo. If your current polo no longer fits, please return it! Boychoir concert wardrobe fittings (including Ragazzi) will take place in early October.

Would you like to help organize our wardrobe or assist with our fittings? We need your help! Click below to volunteer. Questions? Please email Alyssa.