The Educator Insider
News and notes for music educators from Madison Youth Choirs | September 2016
Welcome back! We hope you are enjoying a wonderful start to your school year! 

As partners in music education for area youth, we hope you will enjoy this brief newsletter designed to keep you informed of programming provided by Madison Youth Choirs as well as provide a peek inside our educational process. We're grateful for the opportunity to broaden our connections with area music educators who share our passion for the art of teaching young people!

Fall Introductory Choir Program​
Are your students interested in additional music opportunities? Our introductory choir sessions begin soon! This program provides our youngest singers, ages 7-10, with the opportunity to learn vocal technique, music theory, and rehearsal skills all in a highly active and engaging educational environment.

Our introductory choir program is designed to meet the needs of ALL students, both beginning and experienced musicians. We strive to use music as a pathway to positive self-expression and feel strongly that the benefits of singing in a choir reach far beyond the classroom and the concert hall.

Our fall sessions of introductory choir begin on Sunday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 27. Registration is open on our website under the Join a Choir tab. Students with financial need are supported through our scholarship program and are encouraged to complete the tuition assistance application at the time of registration.
Introducing our Winter Concert Theme
Shakespeare 400

MYC is joining the global arts community in celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Our singers will study a wide array of musical settings of Shakespeare's words as well as works by composers of the Elizabethan Erwho would have been familiar to Shakespeare, including William Byrd and Thomas Morley. We strive to answer the question: How do ideas and artworks remain relevant over time? 

Further enriching our singers’ study of Shakespeare’s work and influence, MYC will coordinate a visit to Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art in November, when the First Folio, the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, will be on exhibit. As we  journey through a semester of all things Shakespeare, we anticipate much excitement as we develop a greater appreciation of Shakespeare's amazing legacy.
Spring Outreach Tours 
Our MYC singers look forward to sharing their music with thousands of students and senior citizens each year in a series of school and community outreach tours at a variety of locations throughout Dane County. All nine of our performing choirs will embark on a daylong concert tour next spring, presenting free concerts at over 25 schools, retirement homes and community venues. We hope you will consider hosting one of our choirs. Stay tuned for more information! 

Mid-Season Auditions 
Do you have students who are interested in joining the Madison Youth Choirs? Auditions for new singers, ages 10-18, will take place on November 16 for next semester. Nothing needs to be prepared in advance of the audition. Our conductors will hear singers in a low-stress, supportive environment. We want to find the place for students in our program where they will be the most successful! The audition sign-up is available on our website under the Join a Choir tab.
Noteworthy News 
We would love to lend it to you! MYC has an extensive choral library. If you are looking for a piece of music, let us know. If we have it and it's not being used, we would be happy to let you borrow it for your classroom or choir.

Save the date! The 7th Annual Madison Boychoir Festival will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Registration will begin in late October.

Please join us!
MYC Winter Concerts
First Congregational Church 
Sunday, December 11, 2016
1:30pm Choraliers | Con Gioia | Capriccio (girlchoirs, Cantilena and Cantabile)
4:00pm Purcell | Britten | Holst (boychoirs, Ragazzi)
7:00pm Cantilena | Cantabile | Ragazzi (high school ensembles)

Discounted tickets for teachers are available.
Check out our website for more concerts and collaborations.