Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, October 26, 2017
This Weekend with MYC
Sunday, October 29, Westgate Studios
Regular Rehearsals
3:20 - 4:00PM    Con Gioia RED
4:00 - 5:30PM    Con Gioia (full ensemble)
3:30 - 4:30PM    Choraliers (Please note special time!)
4:45 - 6:15PM    Capriccio (Please note special time!)
5:45 - 8:00PM    Cantilena
4:15 - 6:15PM    Ragazzi
6:30 - 9:00PM    Cantabile

Monday, October 30, 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.
UW Opera Invites MYC Singers for La Boheme
MYC singers are invited to perform in UW-Madison's production of Puccini's La Boheme. Up to twelve singers for the children's chorus are needed for their production. Singers with unchanged or changing voices that can still easily sing in the treble range are eligible.

Music Rehearsals
Tuesdays, 6-9PM on Nov 28 | Dec 5 | Dec 12

Staging Rehearsals
Tuesdays, 6-9PM on Jan 23 | Jan 30 | Feb 6 | Feb 13
Wednesday, 6-9PM, Feb 14

Tech/Dress Rehearsals
Saturday, Feb 17, 2-6PM
Sunday, Feb 18, 6-9PM
Monday, Feb 19, 6-9PM
Tuesday, Feb 20, 6-9PM
Wednesday, Feb 21, 6-9PM
Thursday, Feb 22, TBD

Friday evening, Feb 23 | Saturday evening, Feb 24
Sunday, Feb 25, 2PM
All rehearsals and performances will take place either in the Humanities building or Music Hall on the UW-Madison campus. 

Interested and available? Let Mike know by Friday, November 3If you have a few rehearsal conflicts early on in the process, they can likely work around those, but let Mike know when you reply. 

We'll choose singers from those interested and let you know!
Poinsettia Selling 101
Two ways to sell:

Hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, churches, real estate offices, hair salons, car dealerships, banks, jewelers, dentists, etc. are all good places to start. Think of places you frequent and simply ask in person, via email or over the phone if they are interested in purchasing poinsettias to benefit the Madison Youth Choirs. Be ready to share the business order form or the link to the electronic ordering form when you make contact. Read up on the details so you can answer any questions they might have.

Orders from family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers can be gathered and compiled by you or submitted via the electronic ordering form. When selling to individuals, we recommend one delivery or pick up date as deliveries with fewer than 10 plants will incur delivery charges. There is no cost for pick up.

Initial orders are due by November 14 for delivery or pick up the week of Thanksgiving (Tuesday or Wednesday, 11/21 or 11/22) and the week after Thanksgiving (Tuesday, 11/28 or Wednesday, 11/29). Ordering by November 14 also ensures best selection but we will keep selling until our stock is sold and alternate delivery/pick up dates are possible (just ask!).

Questions? Please ask!
Madison Marathon Fundraising Opportunity
Madison Festivals still has volunteer shifts available Friday, Saturday or Sunday, November 10, 11, or 12, to support the running of the Madison Marathon (with no running required!). Sign up to be a bike escort, course marshall or any number of other necessary positions to help pull off this popular event in November! Volunteers earn $9/hour toward their family fundraising contribution goal. Any position that is not designated with an organization's name is available to be reserved.

November orders are due Monday, November 6. Families receive $5/unit sold toward their fundraising contribution goal.

Concert Wardrobe
All scheduled fitting dates are now completed and we are in the process of acquiring the pieces needed for singers who completed their fittings in September and October. IMPORTANT: Everyone should either have their concert wardrobe or have been in touch with the MYC office regarding their wardrobe by this week.
Tuition Due in Full by November 14
Tuition statements will be emailed to families with a balance due this week. Thank you for remembering the tuition payment deadline of November 14. As a reminder, checks may be dropped off at rehearsals in the Big Red Box or payments may be made by credit card via the PayPal link on our Members page.
Mid-Season Auditions Scheduled for November 9
Tell your friends! Auditions for students interested in joining MYC for our second semester (beginning January 7), will be held on Thursday, November 9. Reservations are required and can be made by following the link below. Students must be in 5th-12th grade if auditioning for the boychoir and in 7th-12th grade if auditioning for our girlchoirs.
Cantilena: Special Performances this Semester 
We are so looking forward to two special performances with Cantilena this semester (both have been on the calendar for a while--this is a reminder).

Wisconsin Science Festival
Cantilena will join Bassam Shakhashiri (of Science is Fun fame!) for a special performance to end the 2017 Wisconsin Science Festival at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery.
Sunday, November 5 | 1PM Call | 2PM Performance
Please note: regular rehearsal will follow at Westgate from 4-5:30PM. We'll have more details for you regarding this event next week!

Caroling on State Street
Cantilena singers have been doing this for many years and it's always a fun afternoon (rain, snow or shine!)
Saturday, December 2 | 1-3pm | State Street, meeting place TBD
Discount Coupons Available for
A Madison Symphony Christmas
Con Gioia | Ragazzi | Cantabile
Our friends at the MSO have provided $5 discount coupons toward ticket purchases for this event. Coupons are available each week at the Rehearsal Table. One coupon may be used for multiple ticket purchases which means just one coupon is needed per family. As in past years, coupons may only be used in person at the Overture Center Box Office located at 211 State Street.
St. Thomas Boys Choir in Concert
Sunday, November 19, 7PM
The St. Thomas Boys Choir, founded in 1212, of Leipzig, Germany, will be in concert at Luther Memorial Church on Sunday evening, November 19. The program will present music of Johann Sebastian Bach (who served as director of the choir from 1723 to 1750), Schütz, Schein, and Mendelssohn. Tickets are available for advanced purchase through Luther Memorial Church.
Advertise with MYC
Create an immediate connection between your business and our thoughtful, engaged, family-oriented audience by placing a season ad in our concert program books. Rates are affordable and placing an ad identifies your company as a cheerleader for youth arts programming in southern Wisconsin. Please feel free to share the brochure linked below with your business owner or employer. Contact Lynn for more information.

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