Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Open House Rehearsals this Weekend
Come inside the rehearsal hall for the full MYC experience - see below!
    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
    5:30 - 7:00PM    Purcell
    5:30 - 7:00PM    Britten
    7:15 - 8:45PM    Holst

As a reminder, your singer's full semester schedule is available by clicking the calendar link in the header section above.

Please complete the on-line absence form (linked above) to report an absence or late arrival. 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!
Open House Rehearsals | Celebrating Our New Space
This weekend parents are invited inside the rehearsal hall to observe the teaching magic first-hand and ponder the big ideas along with their singer. We hope many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to attend your singer's rehearsal to gain a better understanding of MYC's rehearsal process and educational priorities all while enjoying the music and celebrating our beautiful rehearsal space together.

When you arrive on Sunday or Monday, please go directly to your singer's rehearsal space, make a name tag, and enjoy watching the rehearsal process. At some point during the rehearsal, you'll be invited to enjoy light refreshments with other MYC families outside of the rehearsal space. You're always welcome to continue observing rehearsal. We just ask that no food or drink comes back into the rehearsal space. 

When rehearsal ends please find your singer and enjoy the ride home discussing all that you learned and observed together!

P.S. Just a reminder that our regular rehearsals are always "open" and you're always welcome to slide in and observe. These Open House rehearsals include the opportunity for you to ask questions and, of course, have cake. :)
Wow! Some of you are off to a roaring start! Congratulations! We see Facebook fundraisers popping up on behalf of MYC, and online donations being made already from friends and family far and near.

What To Do This Week:
  • Read the Family Guide for inspiration and set a goal for finalizing and sending your letter/appeal by next week
  • Finalize how you will tell your story and who you will contact. Are you writing a letter? Sending an email? Setting up a Facebook fundraiser?  However you decide to communicate, this is the week to do the hard work of organizing your thoughts, deciding who to contact, and writing your appeal. Once this is done, the rest is easy!
  • If you've read through the Family Guide, please let us know by turning in your Golden Ticket at rehearsals this weekend! It's a treat week! Your singer has a handout from rehearsal with all this information--please use the guide to help you stay on track!
  • Because tuition covers less than 50% of the total cost of participation, fundraising is a necessary part of MYC membership. We count on families to embrace their contribution goal each year to help cover the tuition gap. Updated statements were emailed to families last week--thank you for paying attention to your fundraising progress, setting a goal, and participating!  
MYC Intergenerational Choir: Time to Sing!
Cantabile | Ragazzi
Cantabile and Ragazzi singers (and their interested parents) are invited to sing with our Intergenerational Choir at the Capitol Lakes Retirement Community for our Spring 2020 session. This project brings Madison Youth Choirs to the residents of Capitol Lakes, creating an innovative musical ensemble that demonstrates the importance of creative expression at every age.

Singers (and their interested parents!) attend four evening rehearsals and a special culminating performance with the Capitol Lakes residents. All rehearsals and the performance are at Capitol Lakes:

Wednesday, March 25, 6-7pm in Capitol Lakes Grand Hall
Thursday, April 2, 6-7pm in Capitol Lakes Grand Hall
Tuesday, April 7,  6-7pm in Capitol Lakes Health Care Auditorium
Wednesday, April 15, 6-7pm in Capitol Lakes Grand Hall
Friday, April 17, 6pm call for dress rehearsal; 7pm performance in Capitol Lakes Grand Hall

Service hours are available to MYC singers and repertoire spans the ages, from Cherubini to traditional vocal jazz. Please express your interest using the button below by Monday, March 16. We hope you can join us!
Join Here!
Student Board Member Application Open Until Feb. 23
The board of Madison Youth Choirs has identified an opportunity for high school MYC members to have meaningful involvement in the governance of the organization. Current freshman, sophomores, and juniors who are in at least their second year of participation with MYC are encouraged to share their unique voice as a student board member. Students selected to this position will commit to participating in monthly MYC board meetings contributing their perspective while gaining insight into MYC's governance and acquiring non-profit board experience. This is a non-voting student position.

Applications are due February 23.

This is a unique opportunity for a student with deep enthusiasm for MYC and a keen interest in contributing to MYC's success outside of the rehearsal room!
Apply Here
This Saturday: Cantabile in Concert with Madison Choral Project 
Madison Choral Project (MCP), is collaborating with Cantabile this winter studying fantastic repertoire celebrating the vibrant and varied colors of treble voices. They will be performing together in a culminating concert event, not to be missed, this Saturday, February 22, 7:30pm at First Congregational Church, 1609 University Avenue. 

Tickets are available from Madison Choral Project.

We hope to see many of you there for what promises to be a most memorable evening!
Introductory Choir Summer Registration
Registration is now open on our website for our summer sessions of introductory choir. Introductory choir will be offered in one-week sessions meeting Monday through Friday from 9am to noon and includes time outside and a snack! All sessions will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church. Please direct interested friends and family to our "Join a Choir" page on our website for more information.
Coffee Update
Coffee was ordered this week and will be ready for pick up at rehearsals this weekend. Orders placed by noon on Tuesday are submitted if we meet the minimum ordering requirements. Watch this space for weekly updates.

You can read more about Just Coffee and how to order by clicking the button below!