Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, November 8, 2018
This Weekend with MYC

Fall for Music at the Edgewater | Saturday afternoon (all ensembles, see below)

Regular Rehearsals at Westgate Studios
Sunday, November 11
4:00 - 5:30pm Choraliers
4:00 - 5:30pm Con Gioia
5:00 - 7:30pm Ragazzi 
5:45 - 7:45pm Capriccio 
5:45 - 8:00pm Cantilena
6:30 - 9:00pm Cantabile

Monday, November 12
5:30 - 7:00pm Purcell
5:30 - 7:00pm Britten
6:30 - 7:00pm Holst MSO
7:15 - 8:45pm Holst

If you need to report an absence or late arrival, please complete the on-line absence form linked in the header section above. As a safety measure, if your singer 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!
Edgewater Event | Saturday, November 10
All ensembles will be participating in the inaugural Fall for Music at the Edgewater, a free, festive public event showcasing MYC's performing ensembles and offering a variety of fall activities and food to enjoy on Edgewater's Grand Plaza between 1 and 4pm this Saturday. Because this is a performing event, everyone's voice is important. We expect you will be attending unless you have an immovable, unavoidable conflict. (Please let us know via the online absence form). Call times and performances for each ensemble are listed below.

Arrival and Parking
Thank you for leaving enough time to park and deliver your singer to their warm up space ready at their call time listed below. All singers should report to the Mendota Ballroom inside the Edgewater Hotel upon arrival. This space is in the main building on the right side as you are facing the lake. We will have volunteers helping to direct singers--if you're unsure where to go, please ask hotel staff or find a familiar face! All performances as well as event activities will be on the Plaza.

Parking (limited spaces) is available in Edgewater's adjacent ramp for $5. Other parking options are noted on the map below. In addition, there is street parking available in the neighborhood. Parents may want to drop their singer first and then park.

Ragazzi, Cantabile, Cantilena | 1:00PM Call; 1:30PM Perform 
Con Gioia | 1:45PM Call; 2:15PM Perform
Choraliers, Capriccio | 2:15PM Call; 2:45PM Perform
Purcell, Britten, Holst | 2:45PM Call; 3:15PM Perform
ALL: 3:45PM Perform*

* For everyone who is able to stay until 4PM, we are planning a finale that we rarely have an opportunity to do: sing as one choir with every ensemble represented. This will be an amazing end to what promises to be a very festive day! Thank you for planning ahead so your singer can participate at 3:45PM. 
What to Wear
Saturday's forecast looks nippy (but sunny!). All performances are outside on the Plaza so we expect that in addition to wearing the MYC red polo, singers will also be in their winter jackets. Please still wear your red polo (feel free to wear something long-sleeved underneath as well).
Mahler 8 with the Madison Symphony Orchestra
Con Gioia | Britten | Capriccio | Holst | Cantilena | Cantabile

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience! It's not too late to register your interest!
John DeMain's celebratory 25th season with the Madison Symphony Orchestra will be capped off in May 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 are 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?
All treble singers in Con Gioia, Britten, Holst, Capriccio, Cantilena, and Cantabile are invited to indicate their interest. 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:
Treble singers in Con Gioia, Britten, Holst, Capriccio, Cantilena, and Cantabile who are interested in this project are invited to complete the Google form linked below. 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.

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!
Mahler 8
Open House Rehearsals on November 18/19
We are looking forward to our open house rehearsals the weekend of November 18/19. These rehearsals will include time with our guest artist Tony Memmel and all parents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to see our rehearsal process up close and spend some social time with other MYC families.

Sunday's rehearsals will be held at Midvale Lutheran Church and Monday's rehearsals will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. If you are interested in donating a batch or two of cookies or bars to share during our social time, please sign up below! Thanks!
Poinsettia Sale
Initial Ordering Deadline is Tuesday, November 13
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!
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.

Introductory Choir Registration for Next Semester
Registration for our winter/spring sessions of introductory choir is now open on our website. We will be offering classes on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening at Westgate as well as Saturday mornings at Lake Edge Lutheran Church. Introductory choir is the first step for students ages 7-10 who are interested in participating with MYC. Thank you for sharing with your friends and neighbors who might be interested!
Advertise with Madison Youth Choirs
Create an immediate connection between your business and our thoughtful, engaged, family-oriented audience by placing a season ad in our concert program books. Rates are affordable and placing an ad identifies your company as a cheerleader for youth arts programming in southern Wisconsin. Please feel free to share the brochure linked below with your business owner or employer or visit the Support Us tab on our website. Contact Lynn for more information.

December orders are due November 26. This will be the final opportunity to order prior to the holidays and our mid-season break. November orders will be ready for pick up this weekend at rehearsals.

Discount Coupons Still Available for 
A Madison Symphony Christmas
Purcell | Britten | Holst MSO | Cantilena | Ragazzi | Cantabile
Our friends at the MSO have provided $5 discount coupons toward ticket purchases for this event. Coupons are available each week at the Rehearsal Table. One coupon may be used for multiple ticket purchases which means just one coupon is needed per family. As in past years, coupons may only be used in person at the Overture Center Box Office located at 211 State Street.
Text Alerts
Text alerts are a handy way for you to receive short messages from us related to your singer's rehearsal schedule. We include text alerts in the collection of ways we communicate with you if there is a cancellation or rehearsal time change due to weather or other unavoidable circumstance. We use Remind.com and signing up is voluntary. 

To opt in for these handy text alerts, please text the code assigned to your singer's ensemble listed below (e.g., "@mycch" for Choraliers) to the number 81010:
Choraliers @mycch
Con Gioia @myccg
Capriccio @myccp
Cantilena @myccl
Cantabile @myccb
Purcell: @mycpc
Britten: @mycbr
Holst: @mychl
Holst MSO @mycmso
Ragazzi: @mycrz

Please note: if you signed up last year, you will need to sign up again this year as ensembles have changed for most singers and we empty each ensemble at the start of the year to ensure no one is receiving the wrong information.
Cantus at Wisconsin Union Theater
Sunday, November 11, 7:30pm
This concert won't be possible for most of our high school singers because of our regular rehearsal schedule on Sunday, but other singers may be interested in attending. The Wisconsin Union Theater is offering MYC families the option of purchasing one adult ticket ($45) and receiving one free youth ticket ($20 value). Please use the code MYCHOIR to take advantage. You can read more about the concert and purchase tickets here.