Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, September 21, 2017
This Weekend with MYC
Sunday, September 24, Westgate Studios
Regular Rehearsals
3:20 - 4:00PM    Con Gioia BLUE (first week of small groups!)
4:00 - 5:30PM    Con Gioia (full ensemble)
4:00 - 5:30PM    Choraliers
5:00 - 7:15PM    Cantilena (special time, see email from Mike sent on Wednesday)
5:45 - 7:45PM    Capriccio
6:00 - 8:00PM    Ragazzi (please note special time)
7:00 - 9:00PM    Cantabile (please note special time)

Monday, September 25, Westgate Studios
Boychoir Rehearsals:
5:30 - 7:00pm Purcell
5:30 - 7:00pm Britten
7:15 - 8:45pm Holst

If you need to report an absence or late arrival, please complete the on-line 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.

Please keep reading for all the details you need to know.
Final Sunday Wardrobe Fitting Times
Choraliers | Con Gioia | Capriccio | Cantilena | Cantabile

If you were unable to be fitted last weekend (and need to be!) please make every effort to see us this Sunday during one of the times listed below as this will be the final opportunity to provide fittings during Sunday rehearsals:

3:00PM - 3:45PM (best for Choraliers and Con Gioia)
4:15PM - 5:00PM (best for Cantilena)
5:30PM - 5:45PM (best for Capriccio)

Wardrobe will be along the back hallway near our office and you may check in during any of the times listed above. If no one is there to help you, it's because we are staffing other areas and will be back at the next available time. (Lots going on this Sunday!) Please note: we are unable to provide Ragazzi fittings during this time--please email us to make other arrangements if you have not yet been fitted or need to resize.

Who Do We Need to See?
  • Singers who are new to MYC
  • Singers who moved from Con Gioia to Capriccio (new dress!)
  • Singers who moved from Capriccio to Cantilena (new dress!)
  • Singers who have outgrown their current wardrobe (same duds, new size)

All wardrobe that no longer fits or belongs to your previous ensemble should be returned, clearly marked with your name. If your red polo still fits, please keep it. You may bring your wardrobe on Sunday.

(Remember: singers who did not move ensembles or who moved from Choraliers to Con Gioia or from Cantilena to Cantabile have the same wardrobe as last year. We only need to see you if you've outgrown your items.)
Boychoir Wardrobe Fitting Dates
Purcell | Britten | Holst
Purcell, Britten and Holst Families: Thank you for prioritizing one of the dates listed below to have your singer fitted for his concert wardrobe. Returning singers should try on their current wardrobe and return any pieces that no longer fit to the MYC office BEFORE the dates below so we can prepare the items for another singer. Thank you for returning your wardrobe CLEAN and marked with your name.

Monday, October 16 OR October 23
2:30 - 5:00pm
For: new and returning singers in Purcell, Britten and Holst who need to be fitted (or refitted) for their concert wardrobe.

Please note: boychoir fittings will need to end promptly at 5pm so the room can be set for 5:30 rehearsal. Please plan to arrive by at least 4:45pm to complete the fitting before 5pm. Parents: it is helpful if at least one adult accompanies a singer to his fitting as there are multiple pieces to try and your assistance with sizing is appreciated.

We can always use more help with fittings--thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity (sign up below)!
Purcell & Cantilena Rehearsal Parents Needed
Please email Lynn if you are interested and to get more information. Thank you!
Calendar Update: November 4 Edgewater Event
Please note: This event has been canceled and will be removed from the ensemble calendars.

CHORALIERS Families: please keep November 4 (afternoon) open as we are planning to have a music and social event for you on this date. More information to come.
Fall Introductory Choir Begins this Weekend
It's not too late to register if you have a younger singer in your family (age 7-10) or know a youngster interested in enrolling in our fall introductory choir program.  Classes begin this weekend and are offered on Saturday morning (Lake Edge Lutheran Church), Sunday afternoon (Westgate), or Tuesday evening (Westgate).  Registration is open on our website.
Upcoming MYC Parent Socials
Parents of Ragazzi singers are invited to a casual get-together at the home of Jane Crandall and David Forrest (parents of Liam) on Sunday, October 1, from 4-6:30PM (during Ragazzi rehearsal). The Forrest/Crandalls live just minutes from Westgate at 329 Marinette Trail. Feel free to bring a favorite beverage or snack. RSVP's appreciated!

Email Jane or call: 608-334-7638 | Email David or call 608-334-7682

Capriccio | Cantilena
Capriccio and Cantilena parents are invited to gather at The Vintage (across Whitney Way) on Sunday, October 1, during rehearsal. Look for the smiling faces of yours hosts, Anastasia Doherty and Ann Baltes. They are looking forward to getting to know you! (Don't forget your cash or card for refreshments.)

Not seeing your singer's ensemble listed above? Make it happen! Pick a date, pick a place and we'll help you get the word out. These gatherings are meant to promote connections between MYC parents and are completely casual and parent-led. Have fun!
Special Opportunity to Participate in
WPR's 100th Anniversary Celebration
MYC singers have been invited to participate in the finale of Wisconsin Public Radio's centennial event, "The Power of Story" in Overture Hall. The event features public radio favorites Ari Shapiro, Anne Strainchamps, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, and many more! Our singers will join WYSO musicians, area singers, and Dr. Jonathan Overby in a performance of John Lennon's "Imagine" to end the show. 

This opportunity is open to all MYC singers. We will choose the group from those who express interest and are available.

The Details:
PERFORMANCE: Saturday, October 14. 8pm call; finished around 9:15pm
REHEARSAL: Sunday, October 8, 3-4pm (Westgate)
REHEARSAL: Saturday, October 14, 3-5pm (Overture)

Please let Mike Ross know if you are interested by emailing him today!
American Family Insurance Grant Opportunity:
Nomination Deadline is Friday, September 22
In honor of American Family Insurance's 90th anniversary, American Family is currently offering an opportunity for their customers, agents, and employees to nominate a nonprofit organization that is meaningful to them to receive one of 90 $3,000 donations. If you are an American Family customer or staff member, would you consider nominating Madison Youth Choirs? The nomination form (online at https://www.amfam.com/customer/forms/90th-anniversary) is very short and nominations will be accepted through Friday, September 22. We would greatly appreciate any time you could take to give MYC a chance for an extra boost to our music education programs!

Here are the quick facts you'll need to fill out the nonprofit information fields on the form:

Nonprofit organization name: Madison Youth Choirs
Nonprofit city: Madison
Nonprofit state: Wisconsin
Nonprofit website: www.madisonyouthchoirs.org

Thanks so much for considering a nomination and supporting the work of MYC! If you have any questions about the nomination process or completing the form, please contact Nicole.
Madison Opera's High School Apprentice Program
Juniors and seniors: Consider applying to be part of Madison Opera's High School Apprentice Program!

Apprentices will have the opportunity to:
• meet and dine with distinguished guest artists
• attend rehearsals and performances
• participate in master classes and workshops
• attend Opera Novice and Opera Up Close previews
• speak with Madison Opera staff and crew on working in the opera industry
• participate in backstage tours of the Overture Center, ETC, and other professional theatrical companies
• have a great time while learning about what it takes to bring an opera to life!

To apply, please visit madisonopera.org/education/apprenticeship to download the forms and return to Madison Opera. Madison Opera selects motivated junior and seniors in high school with a passion for learning about opera. The application process does not require an audition or fee, and the program is offered free of charge. Applicants must have an interest in opera, with a vocal performance or technical production background preferred. Applicants must also have ability to commute to events in downtown Madison. 

Application deadline is Monday, September 25.

For more information or questions, please contact the Madison Opera office at (608) 238-8085 or info@madisonopera.org
Coffee Time!
We're glad to be continuing our partnership with Just Coffee Cooperative this season! Coffee will be available to purchase on a monthly basis October - March. We will publish the due dates here and coffee will continue to be available for pick up at weekly rehearsals. Families receive $5 toward their fundraising contribution goal for each bag of coffee sold. 

Orders are due October 10 | Ready for pick up October 15/16
Next opportunity to order will be November 7.

Are you a frequent coffee buyer? Is Just Coffee's Orin Road location convenient to your work or home? We are looking for a parent volunteer to commit to picking up our monthly coffee order and organizing it for rehearsal pick up. If you are interested in learning more, please email Lynn. Thanks!
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