Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, February 9, 2017
This Weekend With MYC
Sunday, February 12, regular rehearsals at Westgate Studios
  • Wardrobe fittings for new singers in Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio and Cantilena (see below)
  • Ragazzi and Cantabile: We continue with our special Snow Goose rehearsal schedule this week! Ragazzi from 5-7:30pm; Cantabile from 6-8:45pm.
Monday, February 13, regular rehearsals at Westgate Studios
  • Wardrobe fittings for new singers in Purcell, Britten and Holst (see below)

If you need to report an absence or late arrival, please complete the online 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!
Augustana College Choir: Please Consider Hosting!
There are still a few openings for families wishing to open their homes and host singers for one overnight. Please consider this opportunity to provide hospitality to college kids far from home! Augustana College Choir will be visiting Madison next weekend (February 18-19) and sharing an evening concert at Luther Memorial Church with Cantabile and Ragazzi on Saturday evening. 

All MYC families are invited to consider hosting singers--a wonderful way to welcome older singers to your home and support a great choir!

Please complete the Google form in the link below. Hosting will involve attending the Saturday, February 18 concert at 7pm, taking singers home with you following the concert, providing a meal or two, and returning them Sunday morning to Westgate Mall (easy!). This is always a rewarding experience! Thank you for opening your home!

MYC Parent Resource Council
We are looking forward to further engaging our enthusiastic and talented pool of MYC parents in 2017 through a new opportunity for involvement: the MYC Parent Resource Council. Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, February 21, at 6pm at Westgate and all are welcome! Our goal is to improve and enhance everyone's experience with MYC and we're looking forward to the valuable perspective and ideas YOU might bring to such a group. We promise this first meeting will be under one hour and informational only--showing up does not mean you are committing to anything. Please consider attending! Questions? Please ask!
Hide and Seek: Cracking the Musical Code T-Shirts!
To celebrate our semester them, we are pleased to offer a commemorative T-shirt! Shirts are a super-soft tri-blend and are available in youth, unisex and women's sizes. Ordering deadline is Friday, February 17. T-shirts will be delivered to rehearsals in early March.

Shirts are $12-15, depending upon size.

Click to order:
Coffee Orders Due March 6
March coffee orders are due Monday, March 6. Please complete the order form linked below to earn $5/unit toward your 2016-17 family fundraising contribution goal. February orders will be ready for pick up at rehearsals this weekend.

Madison Marathon and Brat Fest Fundraising Opportunities
Both of these events take place Memorial Day Weekend and provide wonderful opportunities to raise money for Madison Youth Choirs (and make advanced progress toward your 2017-18 family fundraising contribution!).

Wardrobe Fitting Schedule for New Singers This Weekend
Thank you for prioritizing this on your schedule and making every effort to take care of your fitting this weekend before your rehearsal begins.

Sunday, February 12
3:30 - 5:45pm
New singers in Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before your rehearsal begins to be fitted.

Monday, February 13
3:30 - 4:45pm
New singers in Purcell, Britten and Holst. Please note: we will need to end fittings promptly at 4:45pm to ensure Studio 4 can be set for rehearsal at 5:30pm. Please arrive no later than 4:30pm to be fitted. Thank you!
Spring Introductory Choir
Please tell your friends! 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. Our Sunday class for girls is full but we still have seats available in each of the other sessions: Sunday class for boys; Tuesday combined class for girls and boys; and Saturday morning class for girls and boys held in Monona at Lake Edge Lutheran Church. Completing introductory choir is the first step toward joining a year-long choir for singers this age. Thanks for helping us spread the word!
Scotland 2018 Tour: Informational Meeting Scheduled
Purcell, Britten, Holst and Ragazzi families: Please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 8, from 6-7pm for our Scotland 2018 Tour meeting in which we will share all the details we know including estimated cost, commitment timeline, chaperone information, required rehearsal schedule, etc. We will also welcome your questions! The meeting will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in the sanctuary. (Don't worry, we will remind you!)
Our final and most important fundraising campaign of the season--It's MYChoir (IMC)-- begins this weekend! IMC is both a fundraising campaign and an opportunity for members and staff to share with the wider community the importance of music education and the benefits it provides. All singers will be receiving information packets at rehearsal and we will be providing weekly reminders and tips for how to participate over the next six weeks. The first step is easy--just read through the packet with your singer(s) and make a plan.

Because tuition alone covers less than 50% of the total cost of each singer's enrollment, fundraising is a necessary part of MYC membership. We count on families to fully participate and meet their $200 family fundraising contribution goal each year to help cover the tuition gap.

This is an organization-wide campaign engaging singers, staff and board members with the aggressive goal of 100% participation and $40,000 raised. We define participation by contacting at least one person outside of your immediate family and sharing your MYC story with them--easy!

Thank you for paying attention to your fundraising progress and participating in this campaign--please watch for the packet to come home with your singer this weekend and keep an eye on this space in the coming weeks for reminders and tips!