Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Rehearsals this Weekend with MYC
Regular Rehearsals at Westgate Studios, Westgate Mall
Sunday, September 22
4:00 - 5:30pm Choraliers
4:00 - 5:30pm Con Gioia
4:15 - 6:15pm Ragazzi
5:45 - 7:30pm Capriccio
5:45 - 8:00pm Cantilena
6:30 - 9:00pm Cantabile

Monday, September 23
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!
Tips for Arriving and Departing at Westgate Mall
Because the mall is still a public place (albeit increasingly empty), we strongly encourage parents of younger singers to accompany them to and from the parking lot to the second floor rehearsal studios. We do not staff the first floor of the mall so, if your child needs to wait for you, please remind them to wait upstairs--especially as we move toward the darker winter months. Because the mall will be completely empty toward the TJ Maxx end when they move out next week, we strongly recommend that you enter and exit the mall using only the old Hancock Fabrics entrance near the Wisconsin Craft Market. Thank you for reminding your singer to watch for traffic and wait on the sidewalk if you are pulling up to the curb. (No one should be running through the parking lot!)
Let's Talk About Cell Phones :)
Along with the rest of the world, we are recognizing the increased dependence upon electronic devices across all age groups (ours included!) and have noted where this has had an unexpected and adverse impact on opportunities to create community and true connection between our singers. We really value the time we have together and so when we see a cell phone interrupting a potential moment of connection between singers, it catches our attention.

Instead of creating a "policy", we have taken a different approach and have had frank conversations with all of our ensembles around the idea of making this decision together to be the place where cell phones don't interrupt conversations or rehearsals. To that end, we are asking students to leave cell phones at home, if possible. If brought, students know they should be turned off and out of sight, even in the hallways.

What happens at MYC when we're together for rehearsals, concerts, or on tour, is special and we treasure our time together--time that starts when we gather in the hallway and make eye contact before rehearsal even begins. We know cell phones are handy, and we know in many cases they are necessary for young drivers, etc., and so will be brought to rehearsal. Our goal is to encourage one another toward more mindful behavior around cell phones and so, if a student forgets and a cell phone is used during rehearsal, a conductor or fellow choir mate will be there with a gentle reminder to put it away and put it on "silent". Thank you, parents, for supporting this shift and encouraging your student toward leaving their phone at home, if possible. 
UW Opera Props Schowcase Concert
Sunday, September 22 | 3pm
Madison Christian Community | 7118 Old Sauk Road
Attend a fundraising concert featuring UW-Madison opera singers and distinguished alum, Ariana Douglas. Student tickets only $10!

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Rehearsal Parents Still Needed
Thank you for considering this opportunity! Rehearsal Parents are needed for Cantilena and Holst.

Please email Ian if you are interested and to get more information. Thank you!
Let's Get Fitted!
Outfitting 350 singers with their concert wardrobe (and MYC polo) is a huge undertaking each fall. We are offering multiple opportunities to get this accomplished and appreciate your full cooperation in making this a priority in your schedule.

All fittings need to be completed by Monday, October 7.

Returning singers in Choraliers, Con Gioia, Cantilena, Cantabile, Ragazzi, Purcell, Britten, and Holst: Please try on your concert wardrobe and return any items that no longer fit (clearly labeled with your name) so your wardrobe is available to another singer then plan to be re-fitted on one of the dates offered below.

Returning singers new to Ragazzi from Holst and new to Capriccio from Con Gioia: Please return your concert wardrobe from last season to the MYC office and plan to be fitted for your new concert wardrobe on one of the dates offered below.

All NEW MYC singers need to be fitted on one of the dates offered below.

If possible, please schedule an appointment! Experience has taught us that scheduling your fitting (as opposed to utilizing the drop-in dates) provides a better opportunity for trying on our MYC wardrobe. Please check all of the available dates to see if you can sign up for one of the times before relying on the drop-in dates. You can also email Ian to schedule an alternative time if necessary.

BY APPOINTMENT OPTION: Schedule an appointment using the link below.
September 19 | 23 | 24 | 27
October 1 | 3 | 4 | 
30 minute slots (it likely won't take 30 minutes) between 3pm - 6pm.
Wardrobe Appointment
Drop-in Fitting Dates (no reservation required but please be aware you will likely wait in line)
SUNDAY OPTION (before rehearsal)
When: September 29 or October 6 (choose one)
3pm - 3:50pm | Choraliers, Con Gioia, Ragazzi
5pm - 5:35pm | Capriccio and Cantilena
5pm - 6:15pm | Cantabile

MONDAY OPTION (before rehearsal)
When: September 30 or October 7 (choose one)
2pm - 5pm | Purcell, Britten, and Holst

Before you come in for your fitting, please complete our helpful form to ensure that everyone’s wardrobe fitting is as efficient as possible. 

Can’t find a time listed that works for you? Questions? Please email Ian
Coffee orders are due Monday, September 30, and will be available for pick up at rehearsals on October 6/7. Each bag purchased/sold results in a $5 credit toward your Family Fundraising for the 2019-20 season.

Madison Opera High School Apprentice Program
Madison Opera is now accepting applications for their 2019/20 High School Apprentice Program. To apply (Deadline September 30, 2019), please visit Madison Opera. 

For more information or questions, please contact the Madison Opera office at (608) 238-8085 or info@madisonopera.org.