Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, March 2, 2017
This Weekend With MYC
Ragazzi and Cantabile: Please note your rehearsal times for this week are 5:30-8pm (Ragazzi) and 6-9pm (Cantabile)

If you need to report an absence or late arrival, please complete the online absence form linked in the header section above. As a safety measure, if your singer 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.

Keep reading for all the details you need to know!
Our family has found the MYChoir campaign to be one of the more convenient and approachable ways to meet our fundraising goals.
-- Current Con Gioia Parent
It's the 'Big Send' This Weekend!
You've written your letter and now it's time to send!

Don't forget to include a green donor form with each letter (you can get more from us if you need them or print them from the Members page of our website). And don't forget to set a deadline for responding: We suggest March 24 as our turn-in days are March 26/27.

Once you've sent a letter to at least one person outside of your immediate family, sign the purple participation form in your packet and bring it to rehearsal this weekend. We'll be celebrating everyone's participation with a treat this week! (Purple slips will be collected through the duration of the campaign--once you've contacted someone, turn in your slip!)

Remember: the first measure of participation is sharing your MYC story with at least one person outside of your immediate family. Our goal is 100% participation! Just like in rehearsal, every voice matters and your participation is key.

Not sure whether to use a letter, email or Facebook appeal?
Consider your audience. You know them best.

Whatever you decide, don't underestimate the power of a letter in your singer's words (from a current Con Gioia parent):

Last year in 4th grade, [she] wrote the first paragraph - an introduction to Madison Youth Choirs and what she enjoys about it/why choir is important to her.  This year in 5th grade, she wrote the first as well as second paragraph (asking for donation).  I help out with the 3rd paragraph (logistics- making out the check, tax info, etc).  We send letters to close friends and family.  We were surprised to hear from our friends and family last year that they were delighted to read [her] letter which was very clearly written in her own voice and 4th grade grammar.  Personal connection meant more to them than a polished and professional letter.
Not sure about participating? (from a current Britten parent):

The first year we did the campaign I was hesitant. It felt weird to ask family/friends for money without giving them something tangible in return. Much to my surprise, I found family members were more than happy to contribute to a cause they knew was a positive, important organization to their nephew/grandson; and they appreciated knowing all their donation amount benefited the organization (as opposed to buying cookies and the organization only getting a small portion of the proceeds).
Not sure who to contact? (from a current Capriccio parent):

We use the rule of thumb of people we keep in contact with on a regular basis....think of your Christmas card list.  We also contact family near and far.  It's been really interesting...people we didn't expect to donate actually did!  I know typically people don't want to intrude or make people feel obligated but our philosophy is if they want to give they will and if they don't...they won't.  Either is fine but if you don't ask...you won't receive. 
Philanthropy in action (from a current Con Gioia parent):
I am humbled and grateful that friends and family have been thrilled to support our daughter's life and thank us for including them.  Even long-distance relatives who aren't able to attend an MYC concert (or benefit from fruit, poinsettias, coffee, etc) are excited for the opportunity to participate in this campaign.

It's not too late to get started!
Pull out your Family Guide, make a plan and send!

It's MYChoir (IMC) is both a fundraising campaign and an opportunity for members and staff to share with the wider community the importance of music education and the benefits it provides. Because tuition alone covers less than 50% of the total cost of each singer's enrollment, fundraising is a necessary part of MYC membership. We count on families to fully participate and meet their $200 family fundraising goal each year to help cover the tuition gap. 

Thank you for participating! 
MYC Parent Resource Council
We had an informative initial meeting last week where three areas were identified for increased parent engagement:
  • welcoming/mentoring new families
  • building community among families and singers
  • acting as MYC ambassadors with schools, neighborhoods, etc.

Our next meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday, March 23, at Sequoya Branch Library in Meeting Room B. All are welcome to attend!
Coffee Orders Due March 6
March coffee orders are due Monday, March 6. Please complete the order form linked below to earn $5/unit toward your 2016-17 family fundraising contribution goal.

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 Scheduled
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. (Don't worry, we will remind you!)
UW Opera Presents Turn of the Screw
Friday, March 3, 7:30PM | Sunday, March 5, 3PM | Tuesday, March 7, 7:30pm

Tickets are $25.00 for the general public, $20.00 for senior citizens and $10.00 for UW-Madison students, available in advance through the Campus Arts Ticketing office at (608) 265-ARTS and online here.

Simon Johnson (Holst) sings the role of Miles at the Friday and Tuesday performances. (Go, Simon!)
Upcoming Recital at UW-Madison
Tuesday, March 14, 6:30pm, Morphy Recital Hall in UW-Madison Humanities Bldg
African-American Songs, Spirituals, and Piano Repertoire
Emory Stephens, guest artist; student performers; Martha Fischer, piano