Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, February 23, 2017
This Weekend With MYC
Sunday, February 26, regular rehearsals at Westgate Studios
Ragazzi and Cantabile: Please note your rehearsal times for this week are 5:30-8pm (Ragazzi--no change) and 6:30-9pm (Cantabile--note later start time)
Monday, February 27, regular rehearsals at Westgate Studios

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!
MYC Parent Resource Council
We had an informative initial meeting on Tuesday 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.

A second meeting is being planned and you are encouraged to attend. Please watch this space for the date and time TBD.
Hide and Seek: Cracking the Musical Code T-Shirts!
To celebrate our semester theme, we are pleased to offer a commemorative T-shirt! Shirts are a super-soft tri-blend and are available in youth, unisex and women's sizes. Ordering deadline is TODAY, Thursday, February 23. T-shirts will be delivered to rehearsals in March.

Shirts are $12-15, depending upon size.
Click to order:
Choraliers and Capriccio:
We will be collecting your "golden tickets" from your It's MYChoir packets this weekend at rehearsal (since we were canceled last weekend). We'll also have extras at the Rehearsal Table in case you forget. :)
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!).

Spring Introductory Choir
Our Tuesday session begins next week on February 28 and registration is still open on our website for this session. (Saturday and Sunday sessions have already begun). Completing introductory choir is the first step toward joining a year-long choir for singers this age. Thanks for helping us spread the word!
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!)
Two upcoming recitals at UW-Madison
Friday, February 24, 6:00pm, Morphy Recital Hall in UW-Madison Humanities Bldg
The Life and Spirituals of Harry Thacker Burleigh
Jeffrey McGhee, baritone; Michael Landrum, piano

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

Both are free and open to the public. 
Not sure about participating?
Consider this piece of encouragement 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).

What To Do This Week:
Finalize your appeal. Are you writing a letter? Sending an email? Recording a video or writing a note to share with Facebook friends? However you decide to communicate your MYC story, this is the week to do the hard work of organizing your thoughts and creating your appeal. Once this is done, the rest is easy!

Read the Family Guide for inspiration and set a goal for finalizing and sending your letter/appeal by next week (March 5/6).

Remember: the first measure of participation is sharing your MYC story with at least one person outside of your immediate family and our goal is 100% participation! 
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!