Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Calling all Current Con Gioia AND Capriccio Singers:
We need your awesome rehearsal skills and input! On Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, we'll be seeing the final candidates for our open Con Gioia conductor position. We need a group of singers (that's you!) to be the choir they'll work with those days.

You don't have to prepare or rehearse anything. We'll have two short rehearsals each day, and we'll have a treat as a thank you when we're done! We are asking the candidates to do two things during our short rehearsals: (1) Some type of vocal warm-up; (2) introduce a new piece of music or teach you some type of musical concept or idea.

Ideally, we'd love singers that can be there both days, but we know that's a lot to ask! We do ask that if you are able to participate that you commit to at least one day, i.e., all rehearsals on Saturday OR all rehearsals on Sunday.
Saturday, June 9 | Westgate Studios
9:45am arrive
10:00-10:20 rehearsal #1
10:30-10:50 rehearsal #2
11:00-11:20 rehearsal #3
11:30-11:50 rehearsal #4
11:50 wrap-up and treat
Noon finished
Sunday, June 10 | Westgate Studios
1:45pm arrive
2:00-2:20 rehearsal #1
2:30-2:50 rehearsal #2
3:00-3:20 rehearsal #3
3:20 wrap-up and treat
3:30 finished
Sing at the MAMAs (Madison Area Music Awards)
We're looking for a small group of high-school age singers to perform with area band, The Lower 5th on their song "Hope." This performance will require being flexible and available on Sunday, June 17 for early afternoon through the evening (the exact afternoon rehearsal time won't be known for a few weeks.) We'll rehearse with the band sometime in the afternoon and then perform at the evening concert.

It's an exciting event--we've been asked to sing in past years! Those singers available and chosen for this event will also need to learn the song and have a short rehearsal together sometime before June 17, times TBD.

Let Mike know if you are interested.
Handel Aria Competition
MYC's good friends, Orange and Dean Schroeder, created and sustain an incredible local event: the Handel Aria Competition. From a field of 110 applicants, seven finalists have been chosen to compete for $3,750 in prize money on Friday, June 8 (7:30pm) in Mills Hall in the Humanities building on the UW-Madison campus. Judges choose finalists and the audience helps choose the audience favorite!

Free tickets are available to MYC families (2 per family). Requests should be emailed to handelariacompetition@gmail.com by June 6 by sending your name and ticket request. Tickets will be held at "will call" at the door. General admission tickets are $15. 
Notary Public Volunteers Needed
Are you a Notary Public? We would greatly appreciate your assistance with providing your official witness to the signing of many Scotland consent forms next Thursday, June 7, at Covenant Presbyterian Church from 4:30 to 5pm or from 6:00 to 6:30pm. (Or both if you're available!) Please email Lynn if you have questions or can help. (There might be some Scotland swag in it for you!)
End of Season Sundries:
Wardrobe and music can be turned in even if the office is closed. If we are not here, please place items in the bin outside our office door making sure everything is clearly marked with your singer's name.

Turning in Wardrobe
ALL singers NOT returning next season: Please launder your MYC concert wardrobe and red polo, and return all items clearly labeled with your name to the MYC office. (No need to call ahead--if we're not here, items may be left by the office door.) Please turn in before May 31. (Hey! That's today! Not to worry, please return ASAP! Thanks.)

Members of Purcell, Britten, and Holst: We need your current wardrobe returned so it can be available for the singers participating in the Scotland tour. Please launder and return all concert items (khaki pants, Oxford shirt, tie, and blazer), clearly marked with your name to the MYC office before May 31. (Again, now we gently say as soon as possible, with thanks.) We do NOT need your red polo returned unless you are not singing with us next season.

Everyone else: please hang on to your current wardrobe until placements are made for next year.

Turning in Music
All music should be removed from your singer's binder and returned to the MYC office. (Most has been returned--please double-check to see if your singer still has music.) Please include singer's name and ensemble when turning in music.
Tuition and Fundraising Statements
Families with a tuition, wardrobe fee, or fundraising balance received a statement via email last week. Thank you for paying close attention to any amounts outstanding. As a reminder, we depend upon families to meet their fundraising contribution goal as a necessary part of our 2017-18 budget since tuition covers roughly half of the actual cost of participation. Writing a check toward your fundraising goal is considered a tax-deductible donation to MYC.  Thank you for paying attention to your progress toward raising $200!

Timeline for 2018-19 Placements and Registration
Singers who have notified us via the intention form that they wish to continue singing with us next year will receive an invitation to return to MYC for our 2018-19 season via email in early June. Tuition and registration forms will be due by mid-July and our season begins again in September! The season calendar will be included when invitations are sent in early June.

If you have not yet notified us that you wish to sing next season, it's not too late to reserve your seat. Please return your intention form or shoot us an email if you need it resent.
Concert Recordings Available from Audio for the Arts
Recordings may be ordered here.

The Snow Goose: Available on DVD
Last season's performance by Cantabile and Ragazzi of The Snow Goose is now available on DVD! Copies may be purchased directly from Monroe Arts Center:

Summer Office Hours
Our summer hours will include shortened weeks in June with the office closing at noon on Fridays. In July and August, we will be closed completely on Fridays (with the exception of our Scotland rehearsal day on July 20.

Thank you for continuing to read the Weekly Notes as they arrive in your inbox through the first part of June.