Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Special Thanksgiving Week Tuesday Edition, November 26, 2019
Rehearsals this Thanksgiving Weekend with MYC
Regular Rehearsals at Westgate Studios, Westgate Mall
Sunday, December 1
4:00 - 5:30pm Choraliers
4:00 - 5:30pm Con Gioia
5:00 - 5:30pm Capriccio MSO w/Con Gioia
5:00 - 7:30pm Ragazzi 
5:45 - 7:30pm Capriccio
5:45 - 8:00pm Cantilena
6:30 - 9:00pm Cantabile

Monday, December 2
5:30 - 7:00pm Purcell
5:30 - 7:00pm Britten
7:15 - 8:45pm Holst

Please submit the absence form linked in the header section above if your singer will be absent or arriving late/leaving early. As a safety measure, if your student 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!
Our Final Rehearsal Weekend at Westgate Mall
This weekend we will be marking a significant moment in the timeline of our MYC history: our final rehearsals at Westgate Mall. How appropriate that this is Thanksgiving weekend!
We are grateful to have had this rehearsal home for nearly ten years and grateful to our MYC families and singers for your willingness to look past the physical space to the actual magic happening inside the rehearsal studios. Together we have filled these rooms and hallways with smiles, laughter, big ideas, thoughtful questions, encouragement, empathy, and incredible music-making. Thank you! As you walk out the door for the last time on Sunday or Monday, we hope you will smile knowing you've been a part of something amazing in this space.

[As a reminder: When we come back from winter break in January, we will be at our new rehearsal location at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E Gorham Street.]
Looking Ahead to Our December 7/8 Concerts
On Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, our singers will be presenting our winter concert series Vision 2020 at the Middleton Performing Arts Center.

Dress rehearsal and call times are published below. Everyone except Choraliers and Con Gioia has dress rehearsal on the same day as their concert and so should arrive to dress rehearsal in their concert attire. Choraliers and Con Gioia do NOT need to wear their concert attire to their dress rehearsal on Saturday. Information below is also published in your calendar.

Saturday, December 7 | Middleton Performing Arts Center
Dress Rehearsals:
1:00-2:00pm Choraliers
2:00-3:00pm Con Gioia
3:15-5:00pm Britten
3:45-5:00pm Purcell
4:30-6:00pm Holst

Britten and Purcell families should plan to pick up their singers at 5pm for a dinner break. Holst singers are encouraged to bring a sack dinner or plan to eat prior to their rehearsal.

Call Time: 6:30pm for Purcell, Britten, and Holst

Evening Concert: 7:00pm Purcell, Britten, and Holst

Dress Rehearsal:
1:30-2:30pm Capriccio

Call Time: 2:30pm Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio
Afternoon Concert: 3:00pm Choraliers, Con Gioia, and Capriccio

Dress Rehearsals:
4:45-6:30pm Ragazzi
5:15-6:30pm Cantilena
6:00-7:00pm Cantabile

Call Time: 7:00pm Cantilena, Cantabile, and Ragazzi
Evening Concert: 7:30pm Cantilena, Cantabile, and Ragazzi

Want to lend a hand? Concert volunteers enjoy complimentary admission in exchange for their help.
Concert Volunteers
Be a Host and Make a Friend! | Tallinn Boys Choir Visit
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to host members of the Tallinn Boys Choir! We are still seeking 14 host families to open their homes from Sunday, January 5 through Tuesday morning January 7, 2020. With just a few weeks before our winter break we are hoping to finalize our host family roster and encourage our entire membership to consider this opportunity to show MYC hospitality to travelers from Estonia.

Please consider hosting! Hosting is open to the entire MYC community!

From Sunday, January 5, through Tuesday morning January 7, hosts provide:
  • a place to sleep for two nights;
  • dinner on Sunday;
  • breakfast on Monday and Tuesday morning, sack lunches for the day
  • transportation between Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (our designated meeting spot) and your home (see bottom for draft schedule).

Sunday, January 5, afternoon: Meet choir at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Road, bring your guests back to your home or go out for dinner. Overnight with host families.
Monday, January 6: After breakfast, drop off your guests at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.They have a full day of activities planned! Come back to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for the evening concert and bring guests back to your house following the concert. **Boychoir members will have a 4:30pm call time with dinner and the concert on Monday.**
Tuesday, January 7: After breakfast, bring your guests to Good Shepherd for departure (with fond memories of their time in Madison--thanks to you!).

Questions? Please ask!
We Want to Host!
MYC Garage Sale!
We have many items we are purging in advance of our move in December. Please (politely) help yourself to any of the treasures on display in the rehearsal hallway this weekend.

In addition, we have the following items for sale. Please contact us directly if you are interested in purchasing or taking a closer look:
  1. Studio 1 carpet (purchased new from Coyle in August); $60 (1 available)
  2. Whirlpool dorm-size refrigerator w/freezer (new in April); $75
  3. birch desk w/2 drawer file; $50
  4. music library table; $25
  5. Ikea desk w/bookshelf; $50
  6. Double hanging rack for folding chairs; $200 (3 racks available--folding chairs have been sold) see Craigslist listing
  7. sound systems; see Craiglist listing.

Please feel free to share this list broadly to anyone who might have interest. Thanks!
Concert Wardrobe Reminder
By now everyone should have been fitted for their concert wardrobe. Please double-check that all your pieces fit and contact us immediately if there are issues so we have time to correct in the next three weeks. If we ordered a piece for you or if a piece of wardrobe is being hemmed, Ian will contact you when it's ready to be picked up. Feel free to check in with us if you have any questions!

Ragazzi Black Shirts: Please try on!
Ragazzi singers! If you haven't already done so, please try on your black MYC dress shirt to make sure it fits properly! A few shirts arrived mislabeled from Nedrebos and we want to make sure we can do all the swapping necessary in advance of our concert day. If you have any questions or issues with your black shirt, please contact Ian. Thanks! White tux shirts will no longer be used as part of the Ragazzi wardrobe and do NOT need to be returned to MYC. Please keep or donate. Thanks!
Mid-Season Auditions
Do you know a student interested in joining Madison Youth Choirs for our second semester? Please direct them to our "Join a Choir" page on our website where they can learn about our mid-season audition opportunity January.
Text Alerts from MYC
Follow the instructions linked here to sign up for text alerts from MYC. Text alerts are a handy way to receive short messages from us related to your singer's rehearsal schedule--for example, when we canceled Purcell this past Monday we used this platform (along with email) to get the word out quickly. We encourage you to sign up! We use Remind.com and signing up is voluntary.
Discount Coupon for Madison Symphony Christmas Concerts
Discount coupons for our Christmas gig with the Madison Symphony Orchestra may be picked up from the MYC office between 9am and 4:30pm M-F, or at the rehearsal table this weekend.

As a reminder:
Just one coupon is needed for as many tickets as you wish to purchase for $5 off.
Coupon is not valid for online purchases. Please purchase your tickets in person at the Overture Center Box Office, 221 State Street.
Poinsettias Still Available
It's not too late to place an order! We have sold out of a few sizes but have plenty of red doubles and other sizes! (Electronic ordering form lists all current stock available.) Thank you for choosing a pick up or delivery date at least two business days from your order date to ensure MYC and Felly's have time to process your order.

Each plant sold results in $5 toward your Family Fundraising Contribution.
Order Poinsettias
Happy Thanksgiving!
We are grateful for the many ways your family contributes to the MYC community and wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

The MYC office will be closed Thursday and Friday this week. We'll look forward to seeing everyone at regular rehearsals at Westgate this Sunday, December 1, and Monday, December 2!