Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, January 14, 2016
This Weekend With MYC
Sunday, January 17: regular rehearsals at Westgate Studios

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.

Keep reading for all the details you need to know!
Madison Boychoir Festival
Members of Purcell, Britten, Holst and Ragazzi play host to hundreds of fellow singers from all over Madison and southern Wisconsin at our 6th Annual Madison Boychoir Festival on Saturday, January 30 at West High School.

As a reminder, this is a required event for Purcell, Britten, Holst and Ragazzi. You play a key role in the success of this day and we expect you will be there unless we have heard from you regarding your immovable, unavoidable conflict via the on-line absence form.

The boychoir arrives at West High School at 8:45am and finishes around 1:15pm. The FREE, public concert showcasing the festival's 440 participants begins at 12:30pm in the Stevens Gymnasium (entrance along Regent Street). Boychoir families can expect to receive a more detailed email the week of the event.

This is not only an amazing day for our singers and the community; it's an amazing day filled with logistical victories made possible by our excellent volunteers--YOU! Please consider joining us--we need many smiling faces and helping hands to successfully host this event. Volunteering is open to the entire MYC membership--not just boychoir families. Thank you for your help!
Special Performance Added to May Calendar for
Con Gioia, Cantabile and Ragazzi
Our Con Gioia, Cantabile, and Ragazzi choirs have been invited to participate in a major international research symposium in Madison in May called Out of the Shadows Festival. This event is part of a multi-year international grant focused on performing previously unknown or rarely-performed Jewish music. The festival will offer performances over several days but we will be participating in just the final evening's concert that will focus on the music of Gideon Klein. Klein was a Czech pianist and composer who spent several years of his life living, performing, and writing music in the Theresienstadt (also referred to as Terezin) concentration camp during World War II.

The Details:
Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts
Thursday, May 5

5:30 - 6:30PM Rehearsal
7:30PM Concert

The concert will be a ticketed event through the Overture Center for the Arts Box Office. We will have specific ticketing information for MYC families when it becomes available.

While this is an important festival for the Madison community, we are especially honored to be participating as its focus dovetails beautifully with our semester's theme of diaspora, and our study of music and ideas associated with dispersed populations throughout history. 

Rehearsal Reminders (One More Time)
Please bring to rehearsal your 1" black binder for music, a pencil (sharpened) and a water bottle if you think you'll need a drink during rehearsal. Rehearsals begin promptly and a lot happens in the first few minutes--thank you for planning ahead and being on time!
Because Westgate Mall is a public space, we recommend you park your car and walk with your younger singer to and from our rehearsal studios. Singers are encouraged to wait upstairs (where there is MYC staff) if a ride is going to be delayed.

The rehearsal table is staffed from 3:45 to 7:45pm on Sundays and 5:15 to 8pm on Mondays.  We suggest that if you have something to drop off or pick up that you do this BEFORE your rehearsal begins so you don't miss your opportunity.   
The Big Red Box on the rehearsal table may be used for making tuition payments, turning in forms, etc.

Request for Photos
As we prepare to send final reports to our concert sponsors and begin planning for future press releases and grant applications, we would love to start collecting any good quality photos you may have taken of our Winter Concert rehearsals and performances. Your photography work really helps us tell the story of MYC's accomplishments to the community, and we are so grateful for the photo contributions you've made so far this year. We will be sure to credit you for any photos we use in publications or grant reports. Please send photos to Nicole. Thank you!

Concert Recordings
Ordering information for concert cds can be found inside your December concert program (page 37) or by visiting the website of our recording partner Audio for the Arts.
Coffee and Tea Orders Due Today
For those of you wishing to replenish your caffeine stock, orders are due today, Thursday, January 14, with delivery one week later on Friday, January 22.

Spring Introductory Choir
For students ages 7-10, new sessions of introductory choir begin mid-February and registration is now open on our website under the Join A Choir tab. Completing introductory choir is the first step toward joining a year-long choir for singers this age.
Weather Cancellation Reminders
With winter back in full force in Wisconsin, please be reminded that we will publish rehearsal cancellations on our Facebook page, website, via email to MYC families, and through the Remind text alert system (you can use the link in the header section to sign up.) We are aware that our families travel from all over southern Wisconsin to attend rehearsals so we encourage you to make your decision to travel based on the conditions where YOU live even if we have not canceled rehearsal based on conditions in Madison. We want everyone to be safe! As always, if your singer is going to be absent, please let us know via the on-line absence form.