Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, October 15, 2015
This Weekend With MYC
Sunday, October 18, regular rehearsals at our Westgate Studios

Monday, October 19, regular rehearsals at our Westgate Studios.

If you need to report an absence or late arrival, please complete the on-line absence form linked in the header section above. 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!
November 7 Hilldale Event is (Sadly) Canceled
The timing of a recent Hilldale atrium remodel coupled with the ever-expanding size of our ensembles has left us without enough space to comfortably host this beloved annual public event. We are already thinking about and considering many options for a public event/venue for next year that can accommodate (and celebrate!) our growing membership. We have removed this event from ensemble calendars--thank you for making a note of it.  
Poinsettia Sale Begins
Hallowe'en is just around the corner which means businesses are already planning their holiday decorations. It's time to begin selling poinsettias! Our annual plant sale begins today with order forms available on our website and linked below. We will also have a small supply at the rehearsal table this weekend.

A few details to get you started:
Our poinsettias are supplied by Felly's Greenhouse and are guaranteed. They are beautiful plants that last well beyond the holidays. We sell three colors--pink, white, and red in four sizes ranging in price from $11-$36. Families earn $5 per plant sold, regardless of size, toward their fundraising goal. Plants are available until our stock is sold out but our initial deadline for submitting orders is November 9 so Felly's has time to prepare the orders. Please read through the information sheet before you begin selling and please contact the MYC office with any questions you may have.

MYC retains sales information from past years and will gladly pass along former singer leads to interested families. If you sold to businesses last year and need your contact information, please let us know--we can easily provide past order information to make your pitch as simple as possible. 

Questions? Please ask! 
Ragazzi tux fittings will begin this Sunday, October 18, from 4-4:45pm (before your 5pm rehearsal).These are drop-in fittings for new singers and for returning singers who have outgrown their wardrobe or moved on to Ragazzi from Holst.

All wardrobe pieces you have outgrown should be returned to MYC as soon as possible. (This means you should try everything on!) Ragazzi singers who have not yet turned in their Holst wardrobe, please do so this week!

Wardrobe Help
Please lend a hand and make our day! We need a lot of immediate help organizing the boychoir wardrobe pieces and will welcome fitting help as well. Click the button below to volunteer!
Auditions for New Singers
Do you know someone wishing to join MYC for the second half of our season beginning in January? Please tell them about our mid-season auditions on Wednesday, November 18! Auditions are open to singers in 5th - 12th grade and reservations can be made via the link on our Join A Choir page.
Spring Introductory Choir
For students ages 7-10, new sessions of introductory choir begin mid-February and registration is now open on our website under the Join A Choir tab. Completing introductory choir is the first step toward joining a year-long choir for singers this age.
Invitation to Sing: Homes for Families Breakfast
We are still taking singers for this meaningful event!

MYC has been invited to perform the song, Gonna Make a Home, (Stuart Stotts, et al.) at The Road Home's November fundraising event.  This invitation is extended to all MYC singers--please consider joining this special ensemble!

The Details:
Wednesday, November 4th: Short rehearsal at the Alliant Energy Center, times TBA, but likely 4:00 or 4:30pm.

Thursday, November 5th: Breakfast performance VERY early in the morning.  Singers arrive at 7:00am and are finished by 7:45 am or so.

Interested?  Email Mike Ross ASAP. We're looking for singers from ALL MYC choirs.
Vienna Boys Choir at Overture Center for the Arts
Christmas in Vienna | Friday, November 27, 7PM
Many of our MYC families are already planning to attend and tickets are on sale through the Overture Center Box Office.

Look for our information table in the lobby!
Coffee Order Pick Up
October coffee orders will be ready for pick up in the MYC office on Friday, October 16 or at rehearsals this weekend. November orders will be due Thursday, November 5.

Madison Marathon Fundraising Opportunity
Volunteering with Madison Festivals for the Madison Marathon, November 6-8, earns $9/hour toward your Family Fundraising Contribution Goal. There are a variety of ways to contribute your time and recruiting friends and multiple family members to work with you increases the total dollars you will earn toward your goal. Check out the list of jobs available and sign up by clicking the button below (be sure to choose Madison Youth Choirs as your charity when you register).
Advertise With MYC
Advertising with MYC provides businesses and organizations with an immediate connection to an audience filled with thoughtful, engaged, and enthusiastic, family-oriented patrons who value excellence in everything. Placing an ad with us is affordable and 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.

Madison Opera High School Apprentice Program
The application deadline is tomorrow October 16, 2015. Please visit Madison Opera for the application and more information.
Two more days!
Voting continues through October 17. Find us under Arts and Entertainment tucked into the Youth Performing Arts section. Thank you!