Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Rehearsals this Weekend with MYC
Regular Rehearsals at Westgate Studios, Westgate Mall
Sunday, October 27
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, October 28
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!
Stay Updated on Construction!
We had an amazing groundbreaking celebration for Madison's Youth Art Center on Monday. If you missed the coverage and would like to stay informed please sign up to receive the Madison Youth Arts Center email newsletter and check out (and like/follow) the project's Facebook page.
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 opportunities in November and January.
Tallinn Boys Choir Visit in Early January, 2020
MYC will be hosting the acclaimed Tallinn Boys Choir (Estonia) on Sunday, January 5 through Tuesday morning, January 7, with a shared concert on Monday evening with Purcell, Britten, and Holst. Estonia is well-known for its singing culture and a quick Google search for "singing revolution" will reveal the dramatic recent history of how song changed the course of history for this small Baltic country. We are looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration (and making new friends)!

Forty-six total travelers will be arriving in Madison on Sunday, January 5. The choir of boys and young men spans the ages of 10 through 21. We will also be hosting their adult conductors and chaperones and so some overnight groupings include a combination of adults and children and a few are just adults. Thank you for opening your home to host two or more future friends! 

Hosts provide a place to sleep for two nights, dinner on Sunday, breakfast on Monday and Tuesday morning, and transportation between our designated meeting spot (TBD) and your home (see bottom for draft schedule). You are not responsible for entertaining your guests on Monday during the day--just delivering them to the designated meeting spot in the morning so they can begin their day of workshops and sight-seeing. We all come back together on Monday afternoon for a joint rehearsal, dinner, and shared concert with Purcell, Britten, and Holst. Tuesday morning they depart for their next destination with fond memories of their time in Madison (thanks to you!).

Hosting is open to the entire MYC community but we hope the boychoir families are especially interested since there will be a shared concert! We will have more information on the location of the concert and the designated meeting spot as we get closer to the event. Thank you for opening your home!

Questions? Please ask!

Draft Schedule
Sunday, January 5: Meet choir at designated meeting spot (TBD), bring your guests back to your home or go out for dinner. Overnight with host families.
Monday, January 6: After breakfast, bring your guests to designated meeting spot (TBD). Attend evening concert if possible. Bring guests back to your house following the concert.
Tuesday, January 7: After breakfast, bring your guests to designated meeting spot (TBD).
We Want to Host!
Poinsettia Sale
We have many businesses hoping to be contacted by MYC so they can place their annual poinsettia order. MYC retains sales information from past years and will gladly pass along former singer business leads to interested families. If you sold to businesses last year and need your contact information, please let us know--we can easily provide past order information to make your pitch as simple as possible. This is the week to contact businesses! Please email Ian to get started.

A few details to get you started:
Our poinsettias are supplied by Felly's Greenhouse and are guaranteed. They are beautiful plants available in three colors--pink, white, and red and in four sizes ranging in price from $12-$37. Families earn $5 per plant sold, regardless of size, toward their fundraising goal. Plants are available until our stock is sold out but our initial deadline for submitting orders initial orders is November 15 so Felly's has time to prepare the orders for our first set of delivery/pick up dates the week before and after Thanksgiving.

There are two ways to sell: gather individual orders from family, neighbors, coworkers, etc., and/or approach businesses interested in decorating for the holidays or providing gifts to their clients. Restaurants, coffee shops, churches, real estate offices, hair salons, hotels, car dealerships, banks, etc. are all good places to start. Please read through the information sheet before you begin selling and please contact the MYC office with any questions you may have.

Questions? Please ask!
Discount Coupon Available for Madison Symphony Christmas Concerts
Discount coupons for our Christmas gig with the Madison Symphony Orchestra are now available and may be picked up from the MYC office or at the rehearsal table this weekend and throughout the coming weeks.

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.
Wizard World Promo Code!
Wizard World is coming to Madison this weekend: October 25-27 to the Alliant Energy Center! Enjoy 10% off your regular admission with MYC's very own promo code: YOUTH10
Coffee: Updated Ordering Options!
Coffee was ordered this week but will arrive in the office on Monday instead of tomorrow (Friday). Feel free to come by the office or Monday night rehearsal to pick up your order.

As a reminder, coffee may now be ordered at any time and we will place a weekly order on Tuesday morning if the minimum order has been met. Watch this space for order updates!

Each bag purchased/sold results in a $5 credit toward your Family Fundraising for the 2019-20 season.

Order Coffee!