Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, September 6, 2017
This (Wonderful) Weekend with MYC
Saturday, September 9 at Madison Country Day School
Camp for Holst, Purcell, and Britten (see Camp Details below)

Sunday, September 10, Westgate Studios, Westgate Mall
Regular Rehearsals Begin:
4:00 - 5:30pm Choraliers
4:00 - 5:30pm Con Gioia
5:30 - 7:15pm Ragazzi (altered time, this week only)
5:45 - 7:45pm Capriccio
5:45 - 8:00pm Cantilena
7:15 - 9:00pm Cantabile (altered time, this week only)

Monday, September 11, Westgate Studios, Westgate Mall
Boychoir Rehearsals:
5:30 - 7:00pm Purcell
5:30 - 7:00pm Britten
7:15 - 8:45pm Holst

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.

Please keep reading for all the details you need to know.
First Rehearsal Reminders
We're looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

As a reminder, we take attendance at every rehearsal. Upon arrival, please check in with the rehearsal parent taking attendance outside each rehearsal room. As a safety measure, if your singer is not checked in and we haven't heard they will be absent, we will call you. You can let us know your singer will be absent, late or leaving early by completing the on-line Absence Form linked above and on the Members page of our website. Please review our Attendance Policy in the MYC Handbook (also linked above and on our website).

Singers should bring their 1" black binder for music and a water bottle (if needed). Please help prevent lost items by clearly labeling your binder and water bottle!

Rehearsal begins promptly and the perfect time to arrive is 8-10 minutes before the beginning of rehearsal.

The MYC rehearsal table is staffed each week by Ian Disjardin, our Rehearsal Coordinator. If you have a question, he can point you in the right direction. Our Big Red Box will again be available to you on the rehearsal table each week. Please use this handy receptacle to turn in forms, payments, questions, etc.

Because Westgate Mall is a public space, we recommend younger singers are accompanied by a parent between the parking lot and the rehearsal area on the second floor of the mall. If a singer needs to wait for a ride, they are welcome to stay on the second floor near the rehearsal table until a parent arrives.

Your singer's full rehearsal and performance schedule for the entire season can be found on the Calendar link above. To add your singer's rehearsal calendar to your Google collection click here and use the +Google icon to subscribe.
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:

Purcell; Britten; Choraliers; Con Gioia; Capriccio; Cantilena

Please email Lynn if you are interested and to get more information. Thank you!
Purcell, Britten, and Holst Camp Details for Saturday, September 9
We are welcoming over 100 boychoir members to camp this Saturday on the beautiful campus of Madison Country Day School!

The Details
Attendance at camp is required. Camp sets the tone for the entire semester and begins the positive momentum toward our rehearsal season.Thank you for making it a priority! If you have an immovable, unavoidable conflict, including a late arrival or early departure, we thank you in advance for communicating those details to us via the on-line absence form linked at the top of this email and found on the Members page of our website.

Camp location:
Madison Country Day School
5606 River Road, Waunakee

Look for the red MYC signs and use the main school entrance (first parking lot).
Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the time listed below for your ensemble. Arriving earlier than that is discouraged unless you have signed up to help! Rehearsals will begin promptly and be finished at the time noted. Thank you for being prompt on both ends of the day!

10:30am to 5:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 10:20am
afternoon snack provided
DON'T FORGET: Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration.

Purcell and Britten
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 1:45pm
Snack provided (please arrive having eaten lunch)
What should you bring to camp?
1" black binder for music (please label with singer's name!)
water bottle (please label!)
a full stomach and energy! (A small snack will be provided.)

What should you wear?
Everyone should dress comfortably for the day and plan that time will be spent both indoors and outdoors.

Missing Forms
Please be prepared: If we do not have a complete set of registration forms for your singer, you will be asked to submit them on Saturday.

Camp for Cantabile, Ragazzi, Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, and Cantilena will be held at Madison Country Day School on Saturday, September 16.
Camp Day Volunteers Needed (both this weekend and next)
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 Join Us button 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! Questions? Please email Lynn.
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 MYC experience. We want your year 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!)
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. We especially need representatives from Choraliers, Con Gioia, Purcell, Britten and Holst. Thank you for considering this opportunity to help welcome our new families!
Fall Introductory Choir Classes
If you have a younger singer in your family (age 7-10) or know a youngster interested in enrolling in our fall introductory choir program, we encourage you to register soon as our sessions are filling up. Classes begin the third week of September and are offered on Sunday afternoon, Tuesday evening, or Saturday morning (Lake Edge Lutheran location in Monona).  Registration is open on our website!
Tuition Statements
Tuition statements will be emailed to families who have a payment due by September 12. Thank you for your timely tuition payments!
A Word About Westgate
If you have not been inside of Westgate since last season, we want to give you a preview of what has changed in the last few months so you are prepared.
  • Rocky Rococo Pizza is closed (sadness!)
  • Most of the shops between Wisconsin Craft Market and TJ Maxx are also closed
  • You will notice it's quieter (less commerce) and the piped-in music in the public spaces is no longer present.

But, we are still here! Our offices along the back hallway of the second floor are open each day, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. If you need to see us or drop something off, please walk through the reception area (don't be shy!) back to our offices. Look for the hanging red MYC sign!

Finally, and most importantly, our commitment to our singers remains unchanged. Our rehearsals will continue to be magical cocoons of musical exploration, wonder and learning for our singers on Sundays and Mondays! 

See you all very soon!