This spring, Madison Youth Choirs singers are exploring the meaning of "Legacy," studying works that have endured throughout history, folk traditions that have been passed on, and musical connections we maintain with those who have come before us. Along the way, we're discovering how our own choices and examples are leaving a lasting impact on future generations. In our upcoming concert series in the Capitol Theater on May 11 and 12, we'll present works including Britten's "The Golden Vanity," Palestrina's beloved "Sicut Cervus," Sweet Honey in the Rock's "Wanting Memories," the final chorus of Handel's oratorio Samson, American and Scottish folk songs, and Zoe Mulford's powerful modern folk piece, "The President Sang Amazing Grace." The concert will also pay tribute to our alumni, with selections featured on the very first Madison Boychoir album, and past Cantabile singers invited to join us on stage for "Sisters, Now Our Meeting is Over."

See additional details about concert times and ticket sale information in our Upcoming Performances section below.
A Big Leap Forward for the 
Madison Youth Arts Center!
As you may have seen in the news over the past few months, MYC and Children's Theater of Madison are deeply involved in planning for the future Madison Youth Arts Center (MYAC), a new four story, state-of-the-art facility that will serve over 25,000 youth annually when it opens in the 2020-2021 season. Featuring 15 rehearsal studios and classrooms, including a sensory-friendly studio, as well as a 300-seat theater, performance studio, costume and production shops, shared office space and multiple community gathering spaces, MYAC will serve as a vibrant new home for dozens of local music, art, dance, and drama programs in the heart of Dane County. 

MYAC received a huge boost in December 2018, when legendary philanthropist Pleasant Rowland pledged a $20 million legacy gift to the project. Her incredible contribution inspired fellow community arts supporters to pledge an additional $8 million, bringing the project's fundraising total up to 80% of its $35 million goal!

Every contribution to MYAC supports three components of the project: building and construction costs, a board-designated Enduring Access Fund to ensure affordable, consistent space for arts education providers, and an endowment fund, managed by the Madison Community Foundation, to provide support for future maintenance needs. 

We look forward to sharing more exciting updates on this project as it progresses. You can catch up on all the latest MYAC news on the project's website, https://www.madisonyouthartscenter.org/

MYC Conductor Margaret Jenks Receives Major Award from Yale School of Music
Margaret Jenks, who conducts MYC's Purcell, Holst, and Cantilena choirs, is one of only five recipients of the 2019 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award. Identified and nominated in partnership with the National Association for Music Education and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, recipients are selected "in recognition of their innovative approaches to music education, their dedication to the urban communities in which they teach, and their unwavering desire to make a substantive difference in the lives of students and families."

Margaret will be honored at Yale's Symposium on Music in Schools, set to take place on campus in New Haven, Connecticut in June 2019. Margaret will also be an active participant in the symposium and her contributions will be included in a document that will help to guide the course of U.S. music education.

Congratulations Margaret!
Over 50 MYC Students Set to perform in MSO's "Symphony of a Thousand"
Over the weekend of May 3-5, 2019, more than 50 MYC singers will have the opportunity to perform in one of the largest scale choral works ever written, joining forces with Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major. Often called the "Symphony of a Thousand," this epic piece features both Latin text from a 9th century hymn for Pentecost and German text from the closing scene of Goethe's Faust. The two parts are united by a shared focus on redemption through the power of love, and feature interconnected musical themes throughout the work. 

This complicated and often enigmatic piece has given MYC students a great challenge, as they not only learn the music in two foreign languages, but grapple with the mind-bending ideas embedded in the text and the work's structure. Conductor Randy Swiggum has been leading both singers and their families in "Mahler Endurance" challenges to help build up stamina to maintain stage presence with professional performers for 90 minutes, and sending thoughtful questions to ponder as they explore this deep and rich composition. 

If you'd like to witness this remarkable musical achievement, see detailed concert information in our Upcoming Performances section below. 
MYC is excited to host two fellow Midwest choral ensembles this spring for a day of sharing music and making new friends. Britten and Holst will welcome the Chicago Children's Choir on Saturday, April 27 and Con Gioia will welcome the Minneapolis Youth Chorus on Saturday, May 18. 
As an extension of this semester's "Legacy" theme and in celebration of our bright future in the upcoming Madison Youth Arts Center, we're planning to host a reunion for all alumni of Madison Youth Choirs, Madison Children's Choir, and Madison Boychoir on Saturday, June 29, in the Madison area, with details on time and location soon to follow.

Save the date and plan to catch up with your favorite MYC conductors and past choirmates. We'll also share details about what's in store for the Madison Youth Arts Center and how we'd like to honor alumni in this monumental new building.  ​​​​​​​
We're looking forward to adding new voices to our choirs! Young people ages 7-18 will have the opportunity to join MYC for upcoming sessions in one of two ways:

Children age 7-10 are invited to enroll in one of three introductory choir sessions that will begin this summer. One week sessions will be offered the weeks of June 17, June 24 and July 15 from 9am to 12pm at Westgate Studios. Tuition is $190 and financial assistance is available. 

Students in grades 5 through 12 are encouraged to audition for our performing choirs in late May and early June. Auditions at MYC are very relaxed, with no preparation needed and no cost to try out. Join us in exploring diverse musical repertoire while meeting kind, thoughtful, and creative fellow singers.

Visit the "Join a Choir" page of our website for more information or to register for either opportunity. 

MYC Singers Appearing in Madison Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony of A Thousand" (Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8) 
Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street, Madison
May 3-5, 2019

"Legacy" MYC's Spring Concert Series
Capitol Theater
Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street, Madison

Saturday, May 11, 2019
7:30pm Purcell, Britten, Holst and Ragazzi (boychoirs)

Sunday, May 12, 2019
3:30pm Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena, and Cantabile (girlchoirs)
7:30pm Cantilena, Cantabile and Ragazzi (high school ensembles)

Three ways to purchase tickets:
1. In person at the Overture Center Box Office (lowest cost)
3. By phone (608-258-4141)

Tickets are $15/adults and $7.50/students. Children under 7 are free but a ticket is still required and can be requested at the Overture Center Box Office. Seating is General Admission.

Attending more than one concert? Two or three concerts may be purchased for the same inclusive price ($15/adult and $7.50/student) but must be purchased in person at the Box Office. This discount is NOT available online.

Cantabile and Ragazzi in Concert at the Monroe Arts Center
Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall, 1315 11th St., Monroe, WI
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 2:00pm
Our family of community supporters continues to grow and we are especially thankful for the donors and sponsors that allow us to create innovative new programs, expand successful initiatives to serve more young people, and ensure that no student will ever be denied an opportunity at MYC due to their financial circumstances. 

We extend our sincere gratitude to the hundreds of individual and organizational contributors who invest in the education of our young singers and the many new and returning concert program advertisers whose businesses help support youth arts in our community. 

Our 2018-2019 season sponsors include:

The Diane Ballweg Performance Fund 
The Brittingham Fund/Madison Trust
Green Bay Packers Foundation
Madison South Rotary Foundation
Steinhauer Charitable Trust 
Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation   
The Courtier Foundation, Inc. 
Sub-Zero/Wolf Foundation
MYC Legacy Society 
Your annual donations to MYC keep our choirs singing throughout the year, but if you would like to make a more permanent investment in the MYC program, we invite you to consider joining the MYC Legacy Society through a planned gift. As state and federal funding of arts education become more uncertain in the years ahead, community support of our programs is essential to the continuation of high quality music opportunities for our young people. 
Consider providing a bequest in your will, or enjoy seeing the impact of your generosity through a gift of money, stock or property during your lifetime.
Your gift will be a lasting tribute to your support of the bright, long-term future of MYC. For further information on how to include MYC in your charitable giving plans, please
contact Nicole Sparacino. 
Madison Youth Choirs
P.O. Box 5233
Madison, WI 53705

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