Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, January 21, 2016
This Weekend With MYC
Saturday, January 23: Scotland 2016 Burns Supper. All Capriccio, Cantilena and Cantabile families who signed up to attend will be receiving a reminder email later today or early tomorrow with helpful reminders.

Sunday, January 24: 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
Purcell, Britten, Holst, and Ragazzi!
Please make sure Saturday, January 30 from 8:45AM to approximately 1:15PM is on your calendar. The Madison Boychoir Festival is a required event for you and we are expecting you will be participating unless we have already heard from you regarding your immovable, unavoidable conflict via the on-line absence form. (It's important we hear from you ASAP if you have a conflict!)

You will receive a more detailed email specific to the event next week.

The FREE, public concert showcasing the festival's 450 participants begins at 12:30pm in the Stevens Gymnasium of West High School (entrance along Regent Street). Come early to find parking but please know we won't be able to open the doors until 12:15pm.

The smiling faces and helpful hands of our valued volunteers make this day happen. Please consider joining the MYC staff for a day filled with rewarding moments you will never forget. This is our largest festival EVER! Please help us deliver an amazing day to all of our guests. 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 and tickets will be on sale soon. MYC families may use the promo code "PJA" to purchase $5 tickets. Yay!

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. 

Coffee and Tea Orders
January orders will be ready for pick up this weekend at rehearsals. Our next ordering deadline (for those of you wishing to replenish your caffeine stock) is in just two weeks on Thursday, February 4. 

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.