Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, March 31, 2016
This Weekend With MYC
Sunday, April 3: regular rehearsals at Westgate Studios
**Ragazzi: please note your rehearsal begins at 4:45PM and ends at 7:15PM

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.

Keep reading for all the details you need to know!
Spring Outreach Tours
It's time to get on the bus! Our spring outreach tour days are fast approaching (see calendar reminders below) and we are looking forward to performing for thousands of Dane County residents who have invited us to their school or retirement home.

What Happens on Tour Day?
Singers meet at and depart from Westgate Mall around 8am and return around 3pm. Specific itinerary details for each choir are linked below. Each ensemble travels by bus to four different venues throughout the day performing selections from their season repertoire for audience members who might not ever have the opportunity to attend one of our concerts. It's a tremendous day of making music, forging friendships, and building lasting memories together.

This day is always remembered as a highlight of the MYC experience for our singers. Each tour is a full day and we ask that you excuse your singer from school to participate in this important community outreach event. The dates have been published on your calendar since the beginning of the season and we assume each singer is participating as everyone is important to the ensemble: please make sure you have taken note of your singer's tour day and have communicated the absence to your school. If you need a written explanation for the absence, we have provided a brief description linked below.

Tour Dates and Itineraries
Monday, April 25: Choraliers | Con Gioia
Tuesday, April 26: Purcell and Holst
Wednesday, April 27: Cantabile and Ragazzi
Thursday, April 28: Cantilena | Britten
Friday, April 29: Capriccio

Want to ride along and lend a hand? Parent chaperones are needed for each tour. Please email Lisa Kjentvet with your interest. Due to limited space on the bus, we may not be able to take everyone who expresses interest. Thank you for understanding.
Special Invitation to Capriccio and Britten
It's not too late to work on this special recording project with our good friends at Opera for the Young. If you are in Capriccio or Britten, please consider joining us!

MYC has been asked to record the choruses for the tutorial CD for next season's Opera for the Young tour of "The Elixir of Love." We are looking for a group of singers from Capriccio and Britten who can commit to two rehearsals and the recording day. Here are the details:

Rehearsals at Westgate Studios (Studio 3)
Wednesdays, April 13 and April 20, 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Recording Date
(Location TBD)
Sunday, April 24, 1:00PM - 2:30PM (tentative)
Please RSVP by Monday, April 4, to Lisa Kjentvet with your singer's name and choir if you are interested and available for both rehearsals and the recording date.  Once you volunteer we assume you have checked the dates and can commit to 100% participation. Lisa will confirm each participant once the list is final--thank you for your patience!
Handel's Messiah with Madison Bach Musicians
Madison Bach Musicians will give two period performances of Handel’s Messiah on Friday, April 8 and Sunday, April 10 at First Congregational Church in Madison. A spectacular all-baroque orchestra─gut strings, baroque oboes, natural trumpets, calf-skin timpani─eight internationally-acclaimed soloists, and members of our own boychoir representing Purcell and Britten will collaborate under the direction of early-music specialist Marc Vallon. Pre-concert lectures will be presented at both events by MBM Artistic Director Trevor Stephenson.

Friday, April 8 | 6:45 pm lecture | 7:30 pm concert
Sunday, April 10 | 2:45 pm lecture | 3:30 pm concert

MBM is inviting MYC families to enjoy a 20% discount on tickets purchased in advance through their web portal by using the promotional code boychoir. Tickets must be purchased before midnight on Thursday, April 7. Please note: tickets will be held at "will call" if purchased within three days of the concert.

Carmina Burana Volunteer Sign Up
Our April performances of Carmina Burana with the Madison Symphony Orchestra will include all members of Purcell and Britten. Parents of Purcell and Britten singers wishing to chaperone backstage are invited to read through the volunteer information and choose the rehearsal and performance dates that work best for them via the sign up link below.
Discount coupons for $5 off Carmina Burana tickets are now available courtesy of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Coupons may be picked up from the MYC office or at rehearsals after spring break.
Spring Concert Dress Rehearsals
As a reminder, dress rehearsals are required in order to sing in the spring concert and an appeals form should be submitted if you have an immovable, unavoidable conflict.

We will provide specific details in the coming weeks along with a sign up for backstage help for Saturday's rehearsals but in the mean time, please take a moment to review your singer's calendar so you understand when they need to be at the Capitol Theater (downtown) on Saturday, May 7 and/or Sunday, May 8.

Spring Concert Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets are on sale now for our spring concert series, Sounds Like Home: Music in Diaspora through the Overture Center Box Office, 201 State Street. Seating is "general admission" and tickets can be purchased in advance or on concert day. Please use the promotional code "MYCFAM" to secure $12.50 adult tickets and $7 student tickets. Regular prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Children 7 and under are free but a physical ticket is required for entry. Please be sure to secure a ticket from the Box Office for everyone in your party. Families wishing to attend more than one concert should contact the Box Office directly for an additional discount.

MYC singers wishing to attend a concert in which they do NOT sing, e.g., a sibling's concert, should email Lynn with their complimentary ticket request by Thursday, May 5. You do NOT need to purchase a ticket for your singer for the concert in which they perform.

The most economical way to purchase tickets is in person at the box office at 201 State Street. Tickets purchased through the on-line portal incur additional fees.

Please Try On Your Concert Wardrobe
The best time to do this is NOW so we have time to secure additional wardrobe, if necessary. If you need to resize any items, please contact Alyssa
Coffee and Tea Orders Due Thursday, April 7
Our final coffee order of the season will be placed on Thursday, April 7, with delivery the following week.

Out of the Shadows: Performing the Jewish Archive
Con Gioia, Cantabile and Ragazzi Performing
Con Gioia, Cantabile, and Ragazzi will be performing on May 5 in the festival's culminating Collage Concert and tickets are now on sale through the Overture Center Box Office. MYC families may purchase tickets for $5 using the purchase code "PJA" during check out.

The Collage Concert | Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts
Thursday, May 5
5:30 - 6:30PM Rehearsal for Con Gioia, Cantabile and Ragazzi
7:30PM Concert
Madison Marathon and Brat Fest 2016
Sunshine! Bratwurst! Grilled corn!

Each year MYC provides dozens of volunteers for these events (both held on Memorial Day weekend) in exchange for a generous donation from Madison Festivals and the Brat Fest Foundation. By choosing MYC as your charity when you register, all funds earned can be applied toward your family's 2016-17 (next season's) fundraising contribution goal. We encourage you to consider working a shift or two to benefit MYC. Volunteer opportunities begin Monday, May 23, and end Wednesday, June 1. Please read through the information provided below and thank you for taking advantage of this (very fun!) opportunity to raise funds for MYC!

Brat Fest
How to Register for Brat Fest (Information)
Brat Fest Job Descriptions (Information)
Register for Brat Fest! (Please note: more shifts will be available beginning tomorrow, April 1)

Madison Marathon

Please be sure to select Madison Youth Choirs as your charity when you register!
MYC Night With the Madison Mallards
Yup. It's that time again! The Mallards have invited us back to the Duck Pond to sing the National Anthem, have a brat (or two) and cheer on our home-town team at the best little ball park in the Midwest! Let's celebrate summer together!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 7:05pm
Tickets are $12 (includes a hat!); $20 (includes Pepsi tailgate before the game); or $28 (includes tailgate with beer).

Singers interested in singing the National Anthem should first purchase their tickets using the link below and then let us know you plan to sing by adding your name to the SignUp Genius (also linked below).

Madison Mallards: Click "Buy Tickets" and enter promo code for ticket type desired
SignUp Genius--Let us know you plan to sing on June 29!

Each ticket purchased includes a small donation to MYC. Invite your friends and family to join you! :)
Summer Introductory Choir Registration Now Open
We are offering three sessions of introductory choir this summer and registration is now open on our website. Successfully completing an introductory choir session is the first step toward singing in our performing choir program this fall for students ages 7-10.

Sessions Offered:
Colla Voce (for girls) | June 13 - 17 | June 20 - 24 | June 27 - July 1*
Tallis (for boys) | June 13 - 17 | June 27 - July 1*

*This week is a combined class for boys and girls.

Sessions are limited to 15 students and registration will close when each class is full. Thank you for telling your friends about this opportunity to sing with us!
MYC Tuition and Fundraising Statements
Updated tuition and fundraising statements will be emailed to families this week. Families who have not yet met their fundraising contribution goal may do so by writing a check for the unmet portion. This is considered a tax-deductible donation to MYC. Participating in fundraising allows MYC to continue offering its rich array of programs without raising tuition. Thank you for paying attention to your progess toward raising $200!

Many of you may still be receiving It's MYChoir donations which we will continue to record on your fundraising statement. Thank you for submitting your donations to the MYC office as soon as possible. Don't forget to include a donor record form for each donation you submit!
Make Music Madison
Want to be part of the city-wide music celebration? Everything you need to know about hosting a venue or performing is linked below:

Be sure to check out the Mass Appeal link which lists opportunities already planned that anyone can join!