Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Rehearsals this Weekend with MYC
Regular Rehearsals at Westgate Studios, Westgate Mall
Sunday, November 3
4:00 - 5:30pm Choraliers
4:00 - 5:30pm Con Gioia
5:00 - 5:30pm Capriccio MSO w/Con Gioia -- for Capriccio singers who have signed up
5:00 - 7:30pm Ragazzi -- please note later start time!
5:45 - 7:30pm Capriccio
5:45 - 8:00pm Cantilena
6:30 - 9:00pm Cantabile

Monday, November 4
5:30 - 7:00pm Purcell
5:30 - 7:00pm Britten
7:15 - 8:45pm Holst

Please submit the absence form linked in the header section above if your singer will be absent or arriving late/leaving early. As a safety measure, if your student 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.

Please keep reading for all the details you need to know!
Capriccio MSO Rehearsals Begin this Week
Capriccio singers who have committed to joining the Madison Symphony Christmas performances with Con Gioia begin weekly rehearsals this Sunday from 5-5:30pm. (Regular Capriccio rehearsal begins at 5:45pm as usual.) Singers who have signed up to participate in the MSO performances should plan to be at Westgate to begin rehearsing by 5pm this Sunday.
Mid-Season Auditions
Do you know a student interested in joining Madison Youth Choirs for our second semester? Please direct them to our "Join a Choir" page on our website where they can learn about our mid-season audition opportunities in November and January.
Tuition reminders were emailed this week to families with a balance due. Thank you for your timely payments! Checks may be dropped in the Big Red Box at rehearsals this weekend or visit the payment portal on our website to pay by credit card.
Text Alerts from MYC
Text alerts are a handy way to receive short messages from us related to your singer's rehearsal schedule. We include text alerts in the collection of ways we communicate with you if there is a cancellation or rehearsal time change due to weather or other unavoidable circumstances. We use Remind.com and signing up is voluntary.

Each ensemble has their own code.

To opt in, text to the number 81010 the code assigned to your singer's ensemble preceded by the "@" sign. For example, if you are a Choraliers parent the text of your message to 81010 would be @mycch.

Choraliers: @mycch
Con Gioia: @myccg
Capriccio: @myccp
Cantilena: @myccl
Cantabile: @myccb
Purcell: @mycpc
Britten: @mycbr
Holst: @mycholst
Ragazzi: @mycrz

To sign up via a web browser on your phone, please follow the instructions linked here.

Please note: if you signed up last year, you will need to sign up again this year as ensembles have changed for most singers and we empty each ensemble at the start of the year to ensure no one is receiving the wrong information.
Tallinn Boys Choir Visit in Early January, 2020
MYC will be hosting the acclaimed Tallinn Boys Choir (Estonia) on Sunday, January 5 through Tuesday morning, January 7, with a shared concert on Monday evening with Purcell, Britten, and Holst. We are looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration (and making new friends)!

Please consider hosting!

Hosts provide a place to sleep for two nights, dinner on Sunday, breakfast on Monday and Tuesday morning, and transportation between our designated meeting spot (TBD) and your home (see bottom for draft schedule). You are not responsible for entertaining your guests on Monday during the day--just delivering them to the designated meeting spot in the morning so they can begin their day of workshops and sight-seeing. We all come back together on Monday afternoon for a joint rehearsal, dinner, and shared concert with Purcell, Britten, and Holst. Tuesday morning they depart for their next destination with fond memories of their time in Madison (thanks to you!).

Hosting is open to the entire MYC community but we hope the boychoir families are especially interested since there will be a shared concert!

Questions? Please ask!

Draft Schedule
Sunday, January 5: Meet choir at designated meeting spot (TBD), bring your guests back to your home or go out for dinner. Overnight with host families.
Monday, January 6: After breakfast, bring your guests to designated meeting spot (TBD). Attend evening concert if possible. Bring guests back to your house following the concert.
Tuesday, January 7: After breakfast, bring your guests to designated meeting spot (TBD).
We Want to Host!
Discount Coupon Available for Madison Symphony Christmas Concerts
Discount coupons for our Christmas gig with the Madison Symphony Orchestra are now available and may be picked up from the MYC office or at the rehearsal table this weekend and throughout the coming weeks.

As a reminder:
Just one coupon is needed for as many tickets as you wish to purchase for $5 off.
Coupon is not valid for online purchases. Please purchase your tickets in person at the Overture Center Box Office, 221 State Street.
Poinsettia Sale
We have many businesses hoping to be contacted by MYC so they can place their annual poinsettia order.  This is the week to contact businesses! Please email Ian to get started.

Plants are available until our stock is sold out but our initial deadline for submitting orders initial orders is November 15 so Felly's has time to prepare the orders for our first set of delivery/pick up dates the week before and after Thanksgiving.

There are two ways to sell: gather individual orders from family, neighbors, coworkers, etc., and/or approach businesses interested in decorating for the holidays or providing gifts to their clients. Restaurants, coffee shops, churches, real estate offices, hair salons, hotels, car dealerships, banks, etc. are all good places to start. Please read through the information sheet before you begin selling and please contact the MYC office with any questions you may have.

Questions? Please ask!
Order Poinsettias
Coffee: Updated Ordering Options!
Coffee was ordered this week and will be ready for pick up at rehearsals this weekend. As a reminder, coffee may now be ordered at any time and we will place a weekly order on Tuesday morning if the minimum order has been met. Watch this space for order updates!

Order Coffee
Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri

For 50 years, Professor Shakhashiri has delighted audiences with his always-entertaining, sometimes-explosive, educationally-stimulating Christmas variety show extravaganza with chemistry in the spotlight.

The event is free and open to the public and held at Middleton Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 1. Show times are 1pm and 4pm. To reserve a seat, please request your free tickets by clicking the link below. Suitable for all ages!

Christmas Cheery

Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour this Saturday!