A Madison Symphony Christmas
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Hello Con Gioia, Cantabile and Ragazzi Families:

Our week with the Madison Symphony is just four weeks away! This professional collaboration at the Overture Center is an incredibly rewarding experience for our singers. Thank you for reading through the information below and contacting us with any questions.
Rehearsal & Concert Primer
Everything you need to know about what to wear, when to arrive and how long each evening will last is in this document.  Please read it carefully and go over it with your singer. 

Singers will also receive a copy at rehearsals this weekend. All rehearsals and concerts with the symphony are required.  If you have a conflict, please complete the absence form on our website as soon as possible.

All of our MSO rehearsals and performances are at the Overture Center. Pick up and drop off for all rehearsals and performances is at the Security Door at 121 N Henry Street. 

Parent Chaperones
Chaperoning this event is always a rewarding experience!  If you are interested in chaperoning, please consider the following:  We ask you to arrive 20 minutes before the drop-off times listed on the schedule and stay to help coordinate the pick-up of singers. It helps enormously to have parents who are able to volunteer for both a rehearsal and a performance to alleviate the need to retrain each evening. When you volunteer, please choose both a rehearsal evening AND a performance. 

Chaperones enjoy the backstage experience and are welcome to stay through the second half of the concert (backstage) if desired.
As a reminder, the MSO has provided $5 coupons to MYC families to be used at the Overture Box Office.  These are available at the Rehearsal Table (or MYC office) and only one coupon is needed for multiple ticket purchases.

Con Gioia sings in the first half of the concert only and we assume you are picking up your singer at the pick up time noted on the primer (Intermission). If you are attending the concert, you will need to exit the building and walk to the security entrance to pick up your singer during Intermission. (Don't worry! There is always plenty of time for this!) If you plan to have your singer join you in the hall for the second half (highly recommended!) please remember to purchase an additional ticket!
Backstage Passes
We will distribute passes to singers at rehearsal the weekend after Thanksgiving. Please keep your pass with your music so it's ready to show at security.  While we want everyone to take responsibility for their passes, please do not panic if it gets lost or damaged. MYC staff will be at security to help you.

Text Message Alerts
During our week with the symphony, there may be times we need to update you from Overture Center during a rehearsal or a performance. For example, "We're running a few minutes late," or, better yet, "We're finishing a few minutes early!"

We use the Remind app to do this and it works great when we need to send a quick text to a large group of people. To be added to the distribution so you're in the loop (highly recommended!), please follow these directions:

Con Gioia families: text @myccg to the number 81010
Cantabile families: text @myccb to the number 81010
Ragazzi families: text @mycrz to the number 81010
Thanks, everyone! Again, if you have any questions--especially Con Gioia families and new Ragazzi and Cantabile singers who have not yet had the MSO experience--please feel free to contact us. Conductors will be going over this information with singers during rehearsal as well in the coming weeks.