Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, September 13, 2018
This (Wonderful) Weekend with MYC
Saturday, September 15 at Madison Country Day School
Camp for Holst, Purcell, and Britten (see Camp Details below)

Regular Rehearsals Begin:
Sunday, September 16, Westgate Studios, Westgate Mall
4:00 - 5:30pm Choraliers
4:00 - 5:30pm Con Gioia
4:15 - 6:15pm Ragazzi
5:45 - 7:45pm Capriccio
5:45 - 8:00pm Cantilena
6:30 - 9:00pm Cantabile

Monday, September 17, Westgate Studios, Westgate Mall
5:30 - 7:00pm Purcell
5:30 - 7:00pm Britten
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!
Opening Camp Details for this Saturday, September 15:
Purcell, Britten, and Holst
We are welcoming over 100 singers to camp this Saturday on the beautiful campus of Madison Country Day School in Waunakee.

The Details
Attendance at camp is required. Camp sets the tone for the entire semester and begins the positive momentum toward our rehearsal season.Thank you for making it a priority! If you have an immovable, unavoidable conflict, including a late arrival or early departure, we thank you in advance for communicating those details to us via the on-line absence form linked at the top of this email and found on the Members page of our website.

Camp location:
Madison Country Day School
5606 River Road, Waunakee

Look for the red MYC signs and use the main school entrance (first parking lot).
Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the time listed below for your ensemble. Arriving earlier than that is discouraged unless you have signed up to help! Rehearsals will begin promptly and be finished at the time noted. Thank you for being prompt on both ends of the day!

9:30am - 4:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 9:20am
Please remember to bring a packed lunch. An afternoon snack will be provided.

Purcell | Britten
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 12:50pm

What should singers bring to camp?
  • 1" black binder for their music
  • water bottle (please label with singer's name)
  • a full stomach and energy! (small afternoon snack will be provided)

Everyone should dress comfortably for the day and plan that time will be spent both indoors and outdoors.
Purcell, Britten, and Holst Camp Volunteers
Thank you for considering volunteering on camp day!

Ensemble Chaperone
Chaperones enjoy the sneak peek into our upcoming season and the opportunity to experience how MYC teaches and rehearses. Chaperones arrive a bit early and are prepared to help in any way asked throughout the day. Flexibility, energy, and a smile are all that's needed!

Greeters arrive a bit early, smile, and direct "traffic."

Set Up and Tear Down
If you attend MCDS or live near Waunakee this might be a convenient way to lend a hand!

Interested? Please click below and sign up!
Camp Volunteer
Invitation to New Families on Camp Day
New families are invited to a brief welcome session on camp day designed to provide an introduction to successfully navigating the myriad details of the first-year MYC experience. We want your time with us to be positive and this session will help get you started off on the right foot! Plan to stick around for about 45 minutes after dropping off your singer. We'll meet in the registration area. (Don't worry, it will be obvious where to be!)

If you can't stay for this welcome session, we encourage you to be reading the Weekly Notes thoroughly every Thursday and using our website as your first reference if you have questions.
Rehearsal Parent Opportunity: Smiles Wanted!
MYC Rehearsal Parents have the wonderful job of greeting our singers at every rehearsal (with a smile!) and marking their attendance on the ensemble roster. Rehearsal parents commit to arriving 10-15 minutes before rehearsal begins to be in place and ready to take attendance. Once everyone is checked in, phone calls are made to singers who are absent without prior notification. Volunteering to be a Rehearsal Parent is one of the very best ways to feel connected to the MYC community and provides a great opportunity to get to know not only the singers in your child's ensemble (and their families!) but also see how we rehearse and observe the magic that happens each week inside the rehearsal studios.

Thank you for considering this opportunity! Rehearsal Parents are needed for the following ensembles:

Sunday rehearsals: Con Gioia (Green); Capriccio

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. Please read the schedule carefully as outlined below and follow the directions for either dropping in on a Sunday or Monday or making an appointment with Ian.

Everyone should be fitted by Monday, October 1.

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 it's 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 and all Capriccio singers need to be fitted on one of the dates offered below.

SUNDAY OPTION (before rehearsal): Drop-in (no reservation required)
When: September 24 and September 30 (choose one)
3pm - 3:50pm | Choraliers, Con Gioia, Ragazzi
5pm - 5:35pm | Capriccio and Cantilena
5pm - 6:15pm | Cantabile

MONDAY OPTION (before rehearsal): Drop-in (no reservation required)
When: September 25 and October 1 (choose one)
2pm - 5pm | Purcell, Britten, and Holst

TUESDAY OR THURSDAY OPTION: Appointment required (use link below)
When: September 18 | 20 | 25 | 27
3pm - 6pm

Questions? Please email Ian.
Wardrobe Appointment
Wardrobe Fitting Volunteers
No prior experience is necessary--we will train you on fitting day. Greeting and guiding our singers through the wardrobe fitting process requires a smile, some patience, and a desire to be helpful. Click below to view the opportunities and to volunteer. Thanks!
Wardrobe Volunteer
It's Coffee Time!
12oz bags of ground or whole bean coffee, freshly roasted by the experts at Just Coffee Cooperative, will be available for purchase on a monthly basis throughout the season starting today! Purchase for yourself or sell to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Each bag sold results in a $5 credit to your Family Fundraising for the 2018-19 season.

October orders are due Monday, October 8, and will be available for pick up at rehearsals on October 14/15.

Spring Break 2019
MYC typically follows the spring break schedule for the MMSD. This year, we will be taking just one Sunday and one Monday off for spring break: Sunday, March 24 and Monday, March 25. We will be rehearsing on Sunday, March 31 and Monday, April 1.  Because we have singers from every school district in Dane County (and beyond), our spring break at MYC may not coincide with your spring break schedule. If you already know your travel plans, please feel free to submit your absence form at any time for next semester. All calendars have been updated.
Special Opportunity: Madison Opera Presents Pagliacci
Sign up ends Monday, September 17
As the official children's choir of the Madison Opera, we have been asked to choose 12-16 singers to perform in their production of Pagliacci (“The Clowns”), the second half of a double-bill that will be conducted by Joseph Mechavich and directed by Kristine McIntyre. This is an amazing opportunity for our singers to participate in a professional opera production with an incredible cast and production staff, learn great music, and sing on the Overture Hall stage! 

The children's chorus has an important role in the production and it will require the ability to be focused and on-task at all times. The commitment will be significant but well worth the extra time. We are looking for a group of up to 16 treble voice singers with a maximum height of 5'4" and a mix of boys and girls of various ages.

The commitment: all rehearsals and performances are required.
This is the final schedule.

REHEARSALS TO LEARN THE MUSIC: at Madison Opera Center, 333 W Mifflin
Wednesday, September 26 - 5:00-6:30pm 
Wednesday, October 3 - 5:00-6:30pm 
Thursday, October 4 - 5:00-6:30pm
Wednesday, October 10 - 5:30-7:30pm 
Thursday, October 18 - 5:00-6:30pm

Tuesday, October 16: 7-9pm
Tuesday, October 23: 6-9pm
Wednesday, October 24: 7-9pm
Thursday, October 25: 6-10pm (final room run)

Saturday, October 27: 2-5pm (Sitzprobe)
Sunday, October 28: 7-11pm (piano tech)
Monday, October 29: 7-11pm (piano dress)
Tuesday, October 30: 7-10pm (orchestra dress)
Wednesday, October 31: 11am (final dress, call time TBD)
Friday, November 2: 8pm performance (call time TBD)  
Sunday, November 4: 2:30pm performance (call time TBD)  

If you are interested, please click the link below and submit your interest form by Monday, September 17. Questions? Please email Lisa.
Pagliacci Interest Form
We will build the roster based on the needs of Madison Opera. Once you volunteer we assume you have checked the dates and can commit to 100% participation. Only singers who have submitted their 2018-2019 registration forms and tuition payment/tuition assistance forms are eligible. We will likely have more volunteers than are needed. We will confirm each participant once the roster is final after September 17. Thank you for your patience!
Madison Opera High School Apprentice Program
Madison Opera is now accepting applications for their 2018/19 High School Apprentice Program.

To apply (Deadline September 30, 2018):
Please visit Madison Opera to apply online; or download the forms and return to Madison Opera. Madison Opera selects motivated junior and seniors in high school with a passion for learning about opera. The application process does not require an audition or fee, and the program is offered free of charge. Must have ability to commute to events in downtown Madison.

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