Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, April 27, 2017
This Weekend with MYC
Sunday, April 30, regular rehearsals at Westgate Studios

Monday, May 1, regular rehearsals at Westgate Studios

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!
Everything Fits, Right?
(Please Try On Your Concert Wardrobe!)
Limbs get longer during the winter months--please try on your concert wardrobe to make sure everything still fits. If anything needs to be resized, please contact Alyssa ASAP. Concert day is May 14 and we need time to secure replacement pieces if needed.
2017-18 Season Intention Forms Due by May 1
Thank you for carefully reading through the intention form information that was distributed at rehearsals before spring break and shared with you via email the first week of April. Intention forms and deposits are due Monday, May 1. Submitting your intention form ensures you will receive the time-sensitive 2017-18 placement and registration forms scheduled for delivery to families in mid-June. (Please email Lynn if you need this information resent to you.)

If your singer is eligible to audition, please submit your intention form and then reserve your audition time using the link below:
Spring Outreach Tours
Outreach tours are underway! Itineraries for each ensemble are linked below--families also received this information via email.

Important Reminders for All:
  • We assume your singer is participating unless we have already heard from you regarding their absence. Every voice counts! Please make sure you have communicated the absence to your school.
  • Singers should wear their red MYC polo and jeans or pants.
  • Please note the lunch plans indicated on the itinerary. Most ensembles eat lunch at a park--please make sure to send a packed lunch and water bottle with your singer.
  • Thank you for paying attention to the drop-off and pick-up times at Westgate as listed on your itinerary so we can be sure to start the day on time!

Tour Dates and Itineraries
Monday, May 1: Choraliers
Tuesday, May 2: Purcell and Holst
Tuesday, May 2: Con Gioia (parent chaperones are still needed for this tour--please email Lisa Kjentvet if you are available.)
Thursday, May 4: Britten
Friday, May 5: Capriccio

Questions? Please ask!
Looking Ahead to Dress Rehearsals and Spring Concert Day
This is the final weekend of rehearsals at Westgate for the season! The following weekend--May 7/8--we will be rehearsing at our concert venue, First Congregational Church, for our final spring rehearsals before concert day on May 14. Please be looking ahead to your calendar to make note of the rehearsal times on May 7/8 as they are different from our regular rehearsal schedule. (We will remind you next week.)

A volunteer sign up for concert day will be available in the Weekly Notes next week.
Hear Yanzel Sing!
Yanzelmalee Rivera, our Bolz Center intern, will be presenting her final DMA recital next week on Wednesday evening. Please consider joining the MYC cheering section!

Russian Art Song | Yanzelmalee Rivera, soprano | Rayna Slavova, piano
Wednesday, May 3 | 6:30PM
Morphy Recital Hall | Humanities Building, UW Madison
MYC Tuition and Fundraising Statements
Updated tuition and fundraising statements were emailed to families last week who have had activity in the past month or who have a balance. As a reminder, the fundraising contribution goal may be met by writing a check for the balance.This is considered a tax-deductible donation to MYC. Participating in fundraising allows MYC to continue offering its rich array of programs without raising tuition. Thank you for paying attention to your progress toward raising $200!

Some of you may still be receiving It's MYChoir donations which we will continue to record on your fundraising statement. Thank you for submitting your donations to the MYC office as soon as possible. Don't forget to include a donor record form for each donation you submit!
Family Opera Day: Elixir of Love
We are looking for MYC singers in grades 2-5 to participate in Opera for the Young's current tour of "The Elixir of Love" at Family Opera Day on June 11.

Rehearsals at Westgate, Studio 4
Tuesday, May 30, 5:30-6:45pm
Tuesday, June 6, 5:30-6:45pm

Performance at Overture Center for the Arts
Sunday, June 11, likely 10:45am - 2:45pm (11:00 rehearsal, 12:45 Audience workshop, 1:30 performance)

Please RSVP to Lisa with your singer's name and choir by Friday, April 28. We will very likely not have room for every singer that volunteers and will build the roster based on the needs of Opera for the Young. Once you volunteer we assume you have checked the dates and can commit to 100% participation. Lisa will confirm each participant once the list is final--thank you for your patience!
Heartland Youth Choir Visits in June
The Heartland Youth Choir from Des Moines, Iowa will perform an evening concert on Tuesday, June 13, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Middleton. Con Gioia will be joining them in song and we are looking forward to an amazing night of music and new friendships!

Con Gioia: Please check your calendars and let us know via the absence form if you have a conflict.

Would you like to host singers from the Heartland Youth Choir? We are in need of families to provide home stays for 58 singers (21 boys and 37 girls in 5th through 8th grade) following the concert through breakfast on Wednesday morning. Please consider opening your home to host two or more singers overnight on Tuesday, June 13.

All MYC families are invited to host!

Questions? Please contact Lisa at lkjentvet@madisonyouthchoirs.org. Thanks!
Old National Bank Voting Continues through May 12
Thank you for continuing to vote for MYC in this $1000 donation contest!
You can vote once per day through May 12 either in person at Old National Bank or online at Old National Bank: Choose Your Charity by filling in the following information:

Charity Name: Madison Youth Choirs
Charity Address: P.O. Box 5233
City: Madison
State: WI
Zip: 53705
Favorite Old National Banking Center: Madison- 5750 Raymond Rd.

Please note: if your entry comes back as "invalid", please try again with a new CAPTCHA code.

You must be at least 18 years old to vote, and votes are limited to one per IP address per day. Thanks so much for taking the time to vote for MYC through this new opportunity to support our music education programs!
Madison Marathon (Run Mad Town) 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!).

Scotland 2018 Tour: Informational Meeting
Purcell, Britten, Holst and Ragazzi families: Please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 8, from 6-7pm for our Scotland 2018 Tour meeting to be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in the sanctuary.