Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, September 15, 2016
This Weekend With MYC
Saturday, September 17 at Madison Country Day School
Camp for Cantabile, Ragazzi, Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, and Cantilena (see Camp Details below)

Sunday, September 18 NO REHEARSALS

Monday, September 19 at Westgate Studios
Regular 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.
Camp Details for Saturday, September 17
We are welcoming nearly 250 singers to camp this Saturday on the beautiful campus of Madison Country Day School! The following details are for you if your singer is in:
  • Cantabile
  • Ragazzi
  • Choraliers
  • Con Gioia
  • Capriccio
  • Cantilena

The Details
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. A lot happens at camp--thank you for making it a priority! If you have an immovable, unavoidable conflict, including a late arrival or early departure, we thank you in advance for communicating those details 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:
Madison Country Day School
5606 River Road, Waunakee

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!

Cantabile & Ragazzi
9:30am to 4:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 9:20am
afternoon snack provided
DON'T FORGET: Please bring a LUNCH that does not require refrigeration.

Choraliers | Con Gioia
9:30pm to Noon
Perfect arrival time: 9:20pm
Snack provided

Capriccio | Cantilena
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 12:50pm
Snack provided
What should you bring to camp?
1" black binder for 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.
Want to Join Us on Camp Day?
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities and hope many parents will consider joining us on camp day! (We need you!) Click the Join Us button to volunteer.
Invitation to New Families
New families are invited to a brief welcome 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!)
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 (and are filling!). Classes begin next week and are offered on Sunday afternoon or Tuesday evening for ten weeks. Registration is open on our website!
Wardrobe Needed!
Please return last season's concert wardrobe to the MYC office as soon as possible if:
  • it no longer fits
  • you moved choirs and your NEW ensemble is Capriccio, Cantilena or Ragazzi

Please mark your returning wardrobe with your name (masking tape works great). Red MYC polos should only be returned if they no longer fit.

Current Capriccio singers who traveled to Scotland should return their Scotland tour dress.

Wardrobe can be brought to Westgate during office hours or on a rehearsal day (please do NOT bring wardrobe to camp.) 
Wardrobe Fitting Plan
Thank you for marking these dates on your calendar if you are a new singer or a returning singer who has outgrown their concert wardrobe. (If you've outgrown your wardrobe--please RETURN it to the MYC office by September 12. Thank you!)

This is a huge undertaking for MYC staff and we appreciate your cooperation in prioritizing these dates so everyone can look snazzy on concert day. Please make every effort to take care of this on the date assigned to your ensemble!

Sunday, September 25
3:00 - 6:30pm

For: new and returning singers in Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena and Cantabile who need to be fitted (or refitted) for their concert wardrobe.

Singers should plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before their scheduled rehearsal time to be fitted.

Sunday, October 9
3:15 - 4:15pm
For: new and returning singers in Ragazzi who need to be fitted (or refitted) for their concert wardrobe.

Monday, October 17 or October 24
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 accordingly if you are arriving toward the end of our fitting time.)

Please consider lending a hand! Opportunities to help are detailed in the sign up linked below. Thank you!
It's Time for Coffee!
We're excited to continue 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. 

A few details to note: Just Coffee has simplified their product offerings this year and will no longer be selling tea to fundraising customers. (Sadness!) However, coffee orders will enjoy a shorter wait between input and delivery giving us more flexibility to add requests to our monthly orders while getting the freshest possible roast every time! And! Prices have gone down! (Win!) Purchase for yourself or sell to friends--the price can't be beat.

Orders are due October 3 | Ready for pick up October 9/10
Next opportunity to order will be November 7.

Solo Opportunity for Treble Singers in Con Gioia, Capriccio, Britten or Holst

The Festival Choir has asked us to choose a treble soloist to join them on the piece "I Believe" by Mark Miller. It's a short solo that opens and closes the work. Interested? Here's what to do:
1. Follow this link to our website. Download the .PDF of the music, click on the YouTube video to see a performance, and learn the solo well.
2. Audition. Come to Westgate Studios (Studio 4) on Monday, September 26 at 7:30pm. Mike and Lisa will hear potential singers. IMPORTANT: Please email Mike to reserve your time.
3. Make sure your singer is available for both the dress rehearsal (evening of Friday, October 28) and concert (Saturday, October 29).
Tuition Statements
Tuition statements will be emailed to families this week who have a balance or who have had recent fundraising activity. (Taste of Madison hours have not yet been reported to MYC.) Families paying in installments have a payment due by September 19. Thank you for your timely tuition payments!
Introducing Our Bolz Center Intern
Say hello to Yanzel Rivera-Otero our Bolz Center for Arts Administration intern for the entire 2016-17 season! Yanzel is a DMA candidate in vocal performance at UW-Madison as well as a student at the Bolz Center working on her arts administration minor. She's looking forward to being part of the MYC community this season and we're happy to be working with her! Please introduce yourself (in either English or Spanish!) when you see her in the office or at rehearsals.
Time to Vote!
Check out Madison Magazine's poll for your favorite in every category including Youth Performing Arts Group under Arts and Entertainment. Voting ends October 20 and you're free to vote once per day.