The Madison Symphony Orchestra will be capping off John DeMain's celebratory 25th season in May 2019 with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8. Often referred to as the "Symphony of a Thousand," this monumental choral/orchestral work will include a massive orchestra and hundreds of voices--soloists; adult chorus; and a youth chorus made up entirely of MYC singers. For all who participate, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience: you will never forget the year you learned and performed Mahler 8 with the Madison Symphony Orchestra at Overture Hall!

Because the youth chorus has a significant amount of music to master and rich textual ideas to discuss and ponder, we will be creating a special, multi-age Mahler 8 ensemble with its own weekly rehearsal schedule during the spring semester. Interested singers will commit to attending their regular MYC ensemble rehearsals in addition to their weekly Mahler rehearsals. No additional tuition will be charged for this opportunity.

Who is this for?
Singers who are willing to attend extra rehearsals next semester and can easily sing in the alto and soprano range are needed for this project. Special thought should be given when considering this commitment as it will require considerable focus in rehearsals and on stage--this piece is 90 minutes in length and we are on stage the entire (glorious) time.

The proposed schedule:
KICK-OFF REHEARSAL: Saturday, Dec. 15 OR Sunday, Dec. 16 from 1-4pm
WEEKLY REHEARSALS: Tuesday OR Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30pm beginning January 15/16 through April 23/24.
REQUIRED MSO REHEARSALS: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, April 30 - May 2 at Overture Hall
REQUIRED MSO PERFORMANCES: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 3-5

Next step:
We are inviting ALL treble singers in Con Gioia, Britten, Holst, Capriccio, Cantilena, and Cantabile who are interested in this project to complete the Google form linked below by November 1. Once we know who is interested and able to commit, we will determine the final Mahler 8 roster based on the needs of the MSO and communicate to you by December 1.

The Google form asks you to record any conflicts with the proposed schedule. We know there will be absences--thank you for doing your best to record what you know at this point in time.

We will determine whether weekly rehearsals are regularly scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday evening based on what works for the majority and what is available for rehearsal space. When the final roster is communicated, we will also be sharing the full rehearsal schedule.

We hope many of you will consider this incredible opportunity to be part of the "Symphony of a Thousand"--you will never forget it!

Questions? Please ask!

Click the button to record your interest:
Mahler 8