Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Rehearsal Schedule
Sunday, April 7, Westgate Studios
    4:00 - 5:30PM    Choraliers
    4:00 - 5:30PM    Con Gioia
    5:00 - 7:30PM    Ragazzi - please note new rehearsal time (from original)
    5:45 - 7:45PM    Capriccio
    5:45 - 8:00PM    Cantilena
    6:30 - 9:00PM    Cantabile
Monday, April 8, Westgate Studios
    5:30 - 7:00PM    Purcell
    5:30 - 7:00PM    Britten
    7:15 - 8:45PM    Holst

Tuesday, April 9, MCC
    6:30 - 7:30PM    Mahler 8 Chorus

As a reminder, you can see your singer's full semester schedule by clicking on the calendar link in the header section above.

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!
Reserving Your Seat for Next Season:
Intention Forms Due April 29
Conductors will be spending a few minutes in rehearsals this weekend talking about our audition and placement process for next season as well as giving each singer their individualized intention/reservation form to be returned to MYC by April 29. The intention form and accompanying information sheet will also be delivered to parents via email early next week with reminders about spring audition dates and how to sign up. With many of our ensembles nearing their capacity, we want to make sure every current singer who wishes to continue with MYC has their seat reserved for next season BEFORE we hear any NEW singers audition. Seat reservations are made by returning the intention form along with a $50 tuition deposit to MYC by April 29. Deposits are fully refundable through July 12. Thank you for carefully reading through this information with your singer when it comes home this weekend and contacting us with any questions.

We're looking forward to a fabulous 2019-20 season and hope you will be a part of it!
    Legacy Choirs
    As part of our exploration of legacy this semester, we're putting together two special choirs to vividly display this idea and sing on two separate concerts in May: a men's choir to sing with Purcell, Britten, Holst, and Ragazzi at the 7:30pm concert on Saturday, May 11; and a women's choir to sing with Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena, and Cantabile on the 3:30pm concert on Sunday, May 12.

    The Details for Men Who Like to Sing (and know a boychoir member):
    This  Legacy Choir is for dads, older brothers, grandfathers, uncles, teachers, neighbors, and Madison Boychoir alumni--anyone who knows a boy in Purcell, Britten, Holst, or Ragazzi or who sang in the Boychoir themselves. You'll be singing "Day is Done" (Peter, Paul, and Mary folk song) and rehearsing on the following boychoir evenings:

    Monday, April 22  6:45-7:15pm*
    Monday, April 29  6:45-7:15pm*
    Monday, May 6    6:45-7:15pm*

    *Purcell and Britten will rehearse until 7:15pm on these evenings.

    Please sign up here, so we can plan for you! (This is actually required--we'll need to know who is participating in advance. Thanks!)
      For Women Who Like to Sing (and know a girlchoir member):
      This Legacy Choir is for mothers, grandmothers, aunts, special women in the lives of our singers--anyone who knows a singer in Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena, or Cantabile or any alumni of an MYC girlchoir ensemble. This choir will be singing "Music in My Mother's House" by Stuart Stotts and will be rehearsing just one night with MYC:

      Sunday, May 5   
      5:00-5:30pm with Choraliers and Con Gioia
      7:30-8:00pm with Capriccio*, Cantilena, and Cantabile

      *Capriccio singers will rehearse until 8pm this evening.

      Please sign up here, so we can plan for you! (This is actually required--we'll need to know who is participating in advance. Thanks!)
      Two Opportunities: Opera for the Young
      We have two wonderful opportunities to collaborate with Opera for the Young this spring. Please read the criteria for each, check your calendars, and sign up by April 26 if you are able to commit. Rosters will be built around the needs of Opera for the Young and we will confirm each participant once each list is final. If you have any questions about participating, please contact Lisa Kjentvet.

      Family Opera Day: Super Storm Ensemble
      Participants will be performing in Opera for the Young's current tour of Super Storm at Family Opera Day on June 2. Lisa Kjentvet will direct a maximum of 16 singers who can commit to two rehearsals and the performance day at Overture Center for the Arts.

      This opportunity is for treble singers in 2nd-5th grade from Choraliers, Con Gioia, Purcell, and Britten.

      Rehearsals at Westgate Studios (Studio 4)
      Tuesday, May 21, 4:45-6:00pm
      Tuesday, May 28, 4:45-6:00pm
      Performance at Overture Center for the Arts
      Saturday, June 1, 11:00am - 2:45pm (11:00 rehearsal, 12:45 audience workshop, 1:30 performance)

      Recording Ensemble: Pirates of Penzance

      Opera for the Young sends teaching materials and a tutorial CD to schools prior to their performances each year. We have been asked to record the choruses for the tutorial CD for next season's tour of Pirates of Penzance.

      This invitation is extended to all MYC treble singers who can commit to both rehearsals and the recording day:

      Rehearsals at Westgate Studios (Studio 4)
      Tuesday, May 14, 4:45-6:00pm
      Thursday, May 16, 4:45-6:00pm

      Recording Date (First United Methodist Church)
      Sunday, May 20, 12:00PM - 2:15PM
      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. 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.

      Spring 2019 Tour Dates
      Wednesday, April 24: Cantabile and Ragazzi
      Thursday, April 25: Cantilena
      Monday, April 29: Choraliers
      Tuesday, April 30: Purcell and Holst | Con Gioia
      Thursday, May 2: Britten
      Friday, May 3: Capriccio

      Want to ride along and lend a hand? Parent chaperones are needed for each tour. Please email Lisa Kjentvet with your interest.
        It's MYChoir Update
        Full results will be shared next week! Thank you to all who are participating--please bring your final donations to rehearsal this weekend!
        Cantabile and Ragazzi:
        WYSO Percussion Extravaganza this Saturday
        Cantabile and Ragazzi will be performing with the WYSO Percussion Ensemble on their annual Percussion Extravaganza concert this Saturday, April 6 at 1:30pm at Mills Hall, Humanities Building (on campus). Tickets are $10/adults and $5/students.

        Cantabile and Ragazzi: Please make sure you have read Mike's comprehensive email with timings and instructions sent earlier this week.
        MYC on TV Alert!
        On Wednesday, April 10 at 3:55pm, Wisconsin Public Television will premiere an episode of University Place featuring Cantabile and Ragazzi's performance of "The Snow Goose," (music by Madison's own Scott Gendel) recorded at the Monroe Arts Center in 2017. The episode will air on WPT's Wisconsin Channel (Ch. 21-2) and will also be available on WPT's website shortly after the premiere.
        Brat Fest Registration
        Another fun fundraising volunteer option is upon us! interested members of the Madison Youth Choirs are invited to sign up to volunteer for the world's largest Brat Fest taking place over Memorial Day weekend (volunteer hours are available the entire week prior to the festival)! The hours worked volunteering at the festival contribute directly to your MYC fundraising total for next year. (This is a fantastic and fun way to get a jump start on next season's fundraising!) Please feel free to contact ian@madisonyouthchoirs.org with any questions that might come up!
        Season T-Shirts
        Season T-shirts will arrive mid-April and be available at rehearsal for pick up. We'll alert you when they come in--thanks to everyone who ordered!
        April orders (our final ordering opportunity for the season) will be due Monday, April 8. Families receive $5/unit sold toward their fundraising contribution goal.