Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Opening Camp Details
Every new season with Madison Youth Choirs begins with an opening camp day for each ensemble. Music is made, and friendships are sparked! Camp sets the tone for the entire semester and begins the positive momentum toward our rehearsal season.

Attendance at camp is required. Thank you for prioritizing this important extended first rehearsal. If you have an immovable, unavoidable conflict that was committed to before you registered for MYC, please let us know via the on-line absence form linked at the top of this email and found on the Members page of our website.

Camp is held on the beautiful campus of Madison Country Day School, 5606 River Road in Waunakee.

Saturday, September 7:
9:30am - Noon Choraliers; Con Gioia
1:00pm - 4:00pm Cantabile; Ragazzi; Capriccio; and Cantilena

Saturday, September 14:
9:30am - 4:00pm Holst (please pack a sack lunch)
1:00pm - 4:00pm Purcell; Britten

What should singers bring to camp?
  • 1" black binder for their music
  • water bottle (please label with singer's name)
  • a full stomach and energy! (small snack will be provided)

Singers in Holst should bring a sack lunch that does not need to be refrigerated.

Everyone should dress comfortably for the day and plan that time will be spent both indoors and outdoors.
Want to Join Us on Camp Day?
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities and encourage parents to consider joining us on camp day! Take a look at the options below then click the button below to volunteer.

Ensemble Chaperone
Depending upon the ensemble this could be a very busy or very low-key day! Chaperones enjoy the sneak peek into our upcoming season and the opportunity to experience how MYC teaches and rehearses. Chaperones arrive a bit early and are prepared to help in any way asked throughout the day. Flexibility, energy, and a smile are all that's needed!

Greeters arrive a bit early, smile, and direct "traffic."

MYC Enthusiast (Resource Rep for New Families--see below)

Set Up and Tear Down
If you attend MCDS or live near Waunakee this might be a convenient way to lend a hand!

Interested? Please click below and sign up!
Camp Volunteer
Invitation to New Families on Camp Day
New families are invited to a brief welcome session on camp day designed to provide an introduction to successfully navigating the myriad details of the first-year MYC experience. We want your time with us to be positive and this session will help get you started off on the right foot! Plan to stick around for about 45 minutes after dropping off your singer. We'll meet in the registration area. (Don't worry, it will be obvious where to be!)

If you can't stay for this welcome session, we encourage you to be reading the Weekly Notes thoroughly every Thursday and using our website as your first reference if you have questions.
Are You an MYC Enthusiast?
Be a Resource for New Families!
If you are a returning MYC family who has successfully navigated a season with us and you have enthusiasm to spare, you're invited to attend our welcome session for new MYC families on camp day to extend hospitality and provide your perspective on being part of the MYC community. Thank you for considering this opportunity to help welcome our new families! (Use the sign up button above.)
Rehearsal Parent Opportunity: Smiles Wanted!
MYC Rehearsal Parents have the wonderful job of greeting our singers at every rehearsal (with a smile!) and marking their attendance on the ensemble roster. Rehearsal parents commit to arriving 10-15 minutes before rehearsal begins to be in place and ready to take attendance. Once everyone is checked in, phone calls are made to singers who are absent without prior notification. Volunteering to be a Rehearsal Parent is one of the very best ways to feel connected to the MYC community and provides a great opportunity to get to know not only the singers in your child's ensemble (and their families!) but also see how we rehearse and observe the magic that happens each week inside the rehearsal studios.

Thank you for considering this opportunity! Rehearsal Parents are needed for the following ensembles:

Sunday rehearsals: Choraliers; Con Gioia; Capriccio; Cantilena
Monday rehearsals: Purcell; Britten; and Holst

Responsibilities may vary by ensemble. Please email Ian if you are interested and to get more information. Thank you!
Rehearsals Begin September 15 and 16
Your singer's full rehearsal and performance schedule for the entire season can be found on their Calendar located under Current Members on our website. To add your singer's rehearsal calendar to your Google collection simply click the +Google icon to subscribe from our webpage.

Thank you for looking ahead on your singer's calendar and notifying us of future absences by submitting the online Absence Form. We take attendance at every rehearsal and will call you if your singer is absent without our knowledge. (We do this for safety reasons.) Thank you for prioritizing rehearsals and reviewing our attendance policy in our Handbook. 

Don't forget to take advantage of back-to-school sales and purchase your singer's 1" black binder for their music this season. Singers should plan to bring their music binder to every rehearsal.
Returning Concert Wardrobe
If your singer is new to Capriccio having sung in Con Gioia last season or new to Ragazzi from Holst, please return their concert wardrobe (Con Gioia dress or boychoir pieces) to the office as soon as possible so we can begin organizing wardrobe for fittings this fall. (Watch this space for those details to come.)

As a reminder, we do NOT need to be in the office for you to return wardrobe. Please use the blue bin outside our office door making sure your items are labeled with your name.

Questions? Please email Ian. 
Tuition Payment Due September 16
Tuition statements will be emailed early next week to families with a balance due. Thank you for your timely payments! 
Office Hours
The MYC office will be closed on Friday, August 30, and Monday, September 2, to mark the Labor Day holiday.

Our regular office hours resume on Tuesday next week: we are here each weekday from 9am to 5pm. Again, if you have wardrobe to return, you may do so at any time the mall is open even if our office is locked. Please use the blue bin outside our office door to return your labeled wardrobe.

Have a lovely holiday weekend, all!