Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Rehearsal Schedule
Sunday, April 21, NO REHEARSALS (Easter Sunday)   

Monday, April 22, Westgate Studios
    5:30 - 7:15PM    Purcell - note later end time
    5:30 - 7:15PM    Britten - note later end time
    6:45 - 7:15PM    Legacy Choir for Men
    6:45 - 8:45PM    Holst - note earlier start time

Tuesday, April 23, MCC
    6:30 - 8:00PM    Mahler 8 Chorus - Please note later ending time

As a reminder, you can see your singer's full semester schedule by clicking on the calendar link in the header section above.

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.

Keep reading for all the details you need to know!
Parents of Graduating Seniors
Please remind your singer(s) to email their "senior bio" to Mike. This is just a favorite memory (or two) about MYC along with their fall plans if known (no pressure!). We love to honor seniors in our spring concert program in this way. They already know about this--thank you for reminding them. This info is due by next Monday, April 22, at the latest.
Season T-Shirt Orders Have Arrived
Season T-shirt orders are in the office and can be picked up during regular office hours or at your singer's next rehearsal.
Spring Outreach Tours
Our spring outreach tour days begin NEXT WEEK! 

Touring Next Week:
Wednesday, April 24: Cantabile and Ragazzi
Thursday, April 25: Cantilena

Touring the Following Week:
Monday, April 29: Choraliers
Tuesday, April 30: Purcell and Holst
Tuesday, April 30: Con Gioia
Thursday, May 2: Britten
Friday, May 3: Capriccio

What Happens on Tour Day?
Each tour begins and ends at Westgate Mall and is a full day of making music, forging friendships, and building memories together--this day is always remembered as a highlight of the MYC experience for our singers. Thank you for excusing your singer from school to participate in this important community outreach event. We assume each singer is participating as everyone is important to the ensemble: thank you for taking note of your singer's tour day and communicating the absence to your school. If you need a written explanation for the absence, we have provided a brief description linked below.

What to Wear:
Red MYC polo with jeans, slacks, or a skirt. (No rips, tears, or stains, please.)

What to Bring:
Packed lunch (or lunch money if your lunch stop is a food court--see itinerary)
Water bottle
MYC music

Want to ride along and lend a hand? Parent chaperones are needed for each tour. Please email Lisa Kjentvet with your interest.
    Legacy Choirs: Still Time to Sign Up!
    The Details for Men Who Like to Sing (and know a boychoir member):
    This  Legacy Choir will sing with Purcell, Britten, Holst, and Ragazzi at the 7:30pm concert on Saturday, May 11, and will rehearse on the following boychoir evenings:

    Monday, April 22  6:45-7:15pm*
    Monday, April 29  6:45-7:15pm*
    Monday, May 6    6:45-7:15pm*

    *Purcell and Britten will rehearse until 7:15pm on these evenings.

    Please sign up here, so we can plan for you! 
      For Women Who Like to Sing (and know a girlchoir member):
      This Legacy Choir will join Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena, and Cantabile at the 3:30pm concert on Sunday, May 12 and rehearse on Sunday, May 5.

      Sunday, May 5   
      5:00-5:30pm with Choraliers and Con Gioia
      and/or (if you have a singer in both rehearsals, feel free to choose or come to both)
      7:30-8:00pm with Capriccio*, Cantilena, and Cantabile

      Please sign up here, so we can plan for you! 
      Looking Ahead to Our Legacy Spring Concerts at the Capitol Theater
      Saturday, May 11, 7:30PM | Purcell, Britten, Holst, Ragazzi, and Legacy Choir
      Sunday, May 12, 3:30PM | Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena, Cantabile, and     Legacy Choir
      Sunday, May 12, 7:30PM | Cantilena, Cantabile, and Ragazzi

      Our Legacy concerts at the Capitol Theater (Overture Center for the Arts) are just three regular rehearsals away! As we move through April, schedules become increasingly hectic and so we encourage you to do a few things this week to prepare for May:

      Please review your singer's calendar so you're aware of the required dress rehearsal details and call times at the Capitol Theater that weekend. We'll be providing more detailed instructions related to arrival and parking closer to the event.

      Concert Wardrobe
      Thank you for double-checking that your singer's concert wardrobe still fits. Trying on wardrobe this week and letting Ian know of any issues allows us enough time to make adjustments, if necessary.

      Ticket Information
      Concert tickets are available through the Overture Center Box Office, 201 State Street, at any time in advance of our concert weekend or on concert day. The most economical way to purchase tickets is in person to avoid online surcharges.

      Tickets are $15/adults and $7.50/students. Children under 7 are free but a ticket is still required (Please visit the Overture Center Box Office). Seating is General Admission.

      Attending more than one concert? Two or three concerts may be purchased for the same inclusive price ($15/adult and $7.50/student) but must be purchased in person at the Box Office. This discount is NOT available online.

      IMPORTANT: MYC singers wishing to attend a concert in which they do NOT sing, may do so free of charge but we need to know IN ADVANCE. Singers: please make your complimentary ticket request via the Google form linked below. All MYC singer ticket requests must be submitted by Friday, April 26. We will have your ticket for you at your final rehearsal.
        Capriccio: Sister Cities Event on April 27
        Capriccio will be singing at the second annual "Celebrate Madison's Sister Cities" event on Saturday, April 27, at Madison College (Truax Campus, 1701 Wright Street). Hosted by The Sister Cities Collaboration Committee, this event celebrates Madison's international partnerships around the world.

        The Details
        • Call time is 5:45PM and singers will be finished at 7:00PM.
        • Singers may be dropped off and picked up at the Gateway Welcome Center.
        • Please meet in the lobby--we will walk to our warm-up room together.
        • Please wear formal Capriccio concert attire (thank you for not bringing valuables)
        • This is a public ticketed event hosted by the Sister Cities Collaboration Committee. Parents are not expected to attend but may park and wait inside Madison College or drop off and pick up at the times noted.
        • Thank you for being on time to pick up your singer at 7PM!

          Britten and Holst: Chicago Children's Choir on April 27
          On Saturday, April 27, Britten and Holst will be hosting the Chicago Children's Choir for an afternoon exchange of music-making and collaboration at Covenant Presbyterian Church (326 S. Segoe Road).

          The Details
          Britten: Please arrive by 12:15pm for a special Golden Vanity rehearsal until 1pm.
          Holst and Chicago Children's Choir arrive at 1pm.
          Workshop and sharing at 1:15pm
          Informal concert together at 2:30pm.

          Parents are invited back at 2:30pm for the concert. All singers are finished at 3:30pm.

          Singers: please wear your red polo (or other branded MYC gear) and please arrive having eaten lunch!

          We're really looking forward to this opportunity to connect with new friends from Chicago who also like to sing!
            Two Opportunities: Opera for the Young
            Family Opera Day: Super Storm Ensemble
            Participants will be performing in Opera for the Young's current tour of Super Storm at Family Opera Day on June 2. This opportunity is for treble singers in 2nd-5th grade from Choraliers, Con Gioia, Purcell, and Britten.

            Rehearsals at Westgate Studios (Studio 4)
            Tuesday, May 21, 4:45-6:00pm
            Tuesday, May 28, 4:45-6:00pm
            Performance at Overture Center for the Arts
            Saturday, June 1, 11:00am - 2:45pm (11:00 rehearsal, 12:45 audience workshop, 1:30 performance)

            Recording Ensemble: Pirates of Penzance

            This invitation is extended to all MYC treble singers who can commit to both rehearsals and the recording day:

            Rehearsals at Westgate Studios (Studio 4)
            Tuesday, May 14, 4:45-6:00pm
            Thursday, May 16, 4:45-6:00pm

            Recording Date (First United Methodist Church)
            Sunday, May 19, 12:00PM - 2:15PM
            Please sign up by April 26 if you are able to commit. Rosters will be built around the needs of Opera for the Young and we will confirm each participant once each list is final. If you have any questions about participating, please contact Lisa Kjentvet.
            Holst Rehearses With Ragazzi on Sunday, May 5
            As part of our study of "Legacy" this semester, Holst and Ragazzi are singing "The President Sang Amazing Grace", Zoe Mulford's powerful song commemorating both the 2015 Charleston church shooting and President's Obama's powerful eulogy. Holst singers are asked to attend one Ragazzi rehearsal on Sunday, May 5, 5-5:45pm at Westgate to work on this piece together. Your Holst calendar has been updated.
              Reserving Your Seat for Next Season:
              Intention Forms Due April 29
              Seat reservations for next season are made by returning the intention form along with a $50 tuition deposit to MYC by April 29. Deposits are fully refundable through July 12. Thank you for carefully reading through the information provided with your singer's intention form and contacting us with any questions.
                Brat Fest Registration
                Another fun fundraising volunteer option is upon us! interested members of the Madison Youth Choirs are invited to sign up to volunteer for the world's largest Brat Fest taking place over Memorial Day weekend (volunteer hours are available the entire week prior to the festival)! The hours worked volunteering at the festival contribute directly to your MYC fundraising total for next year. (This is a fantastic and fun way to get a jump start on next season's fundraising!) Please feel free to contact ian@madisonyouthchoirs.org with any questions that might come up!