Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, October 22, 2015
This Weekend With MYC
Sunday, October 25, regular rehearsals at our Westgate Studios

Choraliers rehearsal begins at 4:30pm this week (and ends on time at 5:30pm). 
Con Gioia rehearses at Westgate immediately following the Wisconsin Science Festival performance. Rehearsal ends on time at 5:30pm.

Monday, October 26, regular rehearsals at our Westgate Studios.

Purcell, Britten and Holst wardrobe fittings from 3PM to 5PM.

If you need to report an absence or late arrival, please complete the on-line absence form linked in the header section above. 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!
Con Gioia at Wisconsin Science Festival
Con Gioia will be performing with Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri as part of the grand finale event at the Wisconsin Science Festival this Sunday, October 25, at 2:30pm. This event, held at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in the H.F. Deluca Forum is free and open to the public. We are proud of Con Gioia's important contribution to this esteemed festival!

Con Gioia families: please refer to the reminder email sent on Tuesday, October 20, for all the details you need to know. Thank you!
Poinsettia Sale Begins
Need help getting started? MYC retains sales information from past years and will gladly pass along former singer leads to interested families. Businesses you frequent are a great place to start and this week is perfect timing as they are already thinking about their holiday decorations.

Our initial deadline for submitting orders for delivery the week before and after Thanksgiving is Monday, November 9. Poinsettias are offered in pink, white or red in four sizes ranging in price from $11 - $36. They are supplied by Felly's Greenhouse and are guaranteed. Families earn $5 per plant sold, regardless of size, toward their fundraising goal. Please read through the information sheet before you begin selling and contact the MYC office with any questions you may have.

Questions? Please ask! 
The final opportunity for a drop-in Ragazzi tux fitting is this Sunday, October 25, from 4:00-4:45pm (before your 5pm rehearsal). Thank you for arriving early and making this a priority. (We will not begin any fittings past 4:45pm.)

Drop-in boychoir fittings for Purcell, Britten and Holst are scheduled for this Monday, October 26, from 3:00PM to 5:00PM and also next week on Monday, November 2, from 3:00PM to 5:00PM. Please choose one day that works best for your family and plan to allow 20 minutes (sometimes more) to be fitted. We encourage you to come as early as possible to avoid the 5pm bottleneck. (We will not begin any fittings past 5pm.)

All wardrobe pieces you have outgrown should be returned to MYC as soon as possible. (This means you should try everything on!) Ragazzi singers who have not yet turned in their Holst wardrobe, please do so this week!

Wardrobe Help
We need your help with the boychoir fittings! Please lend a hand and make our day! You don't need to be a boychoir family to volunteer--click the button below to see all your options.
Auditions for New Singers
Do you know someone wishing to join MYC for the second half of our season beginning in January? Please tell them about our mid-season auditions on Wednesday, November 18! Auditions are open to singers in 5th - 12th grade and reservations can be made via the link on our Join A Choir page.
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.
Invitation to Sing: Homes for Families Breakfast
We are still taking singers for this meaningful event!

MYC has been invited to perform the song, Gonna Make a Home, (Stuart Stotts, et al.) at The Road Home's November fundraising event.  This invitation is extended to all MYC singers--please consider joining this special ensemble!

The Details:
Wednesday, November 4th: Short rehearsal at the Alliant Energy Center, times TBA, but likely 4:00 or 4:30pm.

Thursday, November 5th: Breakfast performance VERY early in the morning.  Singers arrive at 7:00am and are finished by 7:45 am or so.

Interested?  Email Mike Ross ASAP. We're looking for singers from ALL MYC choirs.
Vienna Boys Choir at Overture Center for the Arts
Christmas in Vienna | Friday, November 27, 7PM
Many of our MYC families are already planning to attend and tickets are on sale through the Overture Center Box Office.

Look for our information table in the lobby!
Coffee Order Pick Up
October coffee orders will be ready for pick up in the MYC office on Friday, October 23 or at rehearsals this weekend. November orders will be due Thursday, November 5.

Madison Marathon Fundraising Opportunity
Volunteering with Madison Festivals for the Madison Marathon, November 6-8, earns $9/hour toward your Family Fundraising Contribution Goal. There are a variety of ways to contribute your time and recruiting friends and multiple family members to work with you increases the total dollars you will earn toward your goal. Check out the list of jobs available and sign up by clicking the button below (be sure to choose Madison Youth Choirs as your charity when you register).
Advertise With MYC
Advertising with MYC provides businesses and organizations with an immediate connection to an audience filled with thoughtful, engaged, and enthusiastic, family-oriented patrons who value excellence in everything. Placing an ad with us is affordable and identifies your company as a cheerleader for youth arts programming in southern Wisconsin. Please feel free to share the brochure linked below with your business owner or employer. Contact Lynn for more information.

Inquiry: Science, Music and Imagination
There are endless ways we (MYC) could talk about the idea of inquiry and specifically how science, music and imagination feed our curiosity about the world. Our conductors are leading rich discussions each week in rehearsal and our singers are contributing with their thoughtful observations. But what do scientists have to say about these ideas we're exploring this semester?

We were curious so we asked a few questions and took a camera along just for fun.
Please enjoy the first in a series of video interviews with a few of our scientist friends: