To our wonderful MYC families, alumni, and friends,
In a year of profound, unfathomable changes, it’s the small acts of kindness and grace that we will remember most dearly. The hearts drawn on the envelope of a 2020 registration form. The encouraging support of alumni who sang with us 15 years ago, lending perspective to our graduating seniors over a Zoom call. The tender words of an MYC grandmother describing the healing she sees MYC bringing to a broken world. Through all of the pain we’ve experienced together since March, you have all reminded us how very lucky we are to be a part of the Madison Youth Choirs family, with roots going back nearly 50 years, and a bright future being built brick by brick at Madison’s Youth Arts Center, set to open in 2021. Even with the unprecedented disruption in the spring, our 2019-2020 season was still incredibly rich in collaborative educational and performing opportunities. Here are just a few of the highlights:
A summer 2019 musical collaboration with ARTS for ALL (formerly VSA Wisconsin), which provides creative opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
Celebrating the amazing growth of our Intergenerational Choir, with more than 50 singers ages 15-97 performing before a crowd so large that we had to open an overflow room at Capitol Lakes in November 2019.
The way our singers embraced challenging philosophical discussions about musical innovation and bold artistic risks during rehearsals for our “Vision 2020” concerts in December.
Welcoming hundreds of enthusiastic audience members on a Monday night in January to our joint concert with the Tallinn Boys Choir of Estonia.
- The overwhelming feeling of gratitude during our virtual concert in May, when thousands of you joined us to lift up the great work of our young singers with your words of praise, reflection, and good humor.
You’ll see more of our favorite moments and photos from the past year in our 2019-2020 annual report. While our rehearsals look a bit different this fall, we're inspired every week as we work with young singers on our 2020-2021 season theme “Give Light,” rooted in the words of Civil Rights Movement leader Ella Baker: “Give light, and people will find a way.”
As we embark on this new journey, we hope you will consider a gift to Madison Youth Choirs, ensuring that young voices will continue to soar, first in our homes and over laptop speakers, and then gloriously in our rehearsal halls and concert stages once again.
Mike Ross Lynn Hembel Nicole Sparacino
Artistic Director Executive Director Development Director
P.S. For those of you kindly considering a donation, the CARES Act includes a special incentive allowing a new above-the-line tax deduction of up to $300 per individual ($600 for married couples) for charitable giving to non-profit organizations in 2020, even if you take the standard deduction.