Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Opening Camp Details for this Saturday
We are welcoming over 240 singers to camp this Saturday on the beautiful campus of Madison Country Day School in Waunakee.

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!

Choraliers | Con Gioia
9:30am - Noon
Perfect arrival time: 9:20am
Con Gioia: your name tags will be color-coded (either blue or green) to indicate your section for the season.

Capriccio | Cantilena | Cantabile | Ragazzi
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Perfect arrival time: 12:50pm

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)

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

Camp for Holst, Purcell, and Britten will be held next Saturday, September 15.
Please Join Us on Camp Day!
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities and encourage parents to consider joining us on camp day! We especially need camp chaperones for Choraliers and Con Gioia on Saturday morning. Take a look at the options below then click the button below to volunteer.

Ensemble Chaperone
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: Britten

Please email Ian if you are interested and to get more information. Thank you!
Rehearsals Begin September 16 and 17
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. Singer's 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.)

Scotland 2018 Tour members: please return your extra white Oxford shirt if you are singing in Purcell, Britten, or Holst. If you are singing in Ragazzi, please return ALL pieces belonging to MYC (blue blazer, Oxford shirts, boychoir tie, khaki slacks). Thank you!

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.

Current Capriccio singers: please complete the Google form we sent in an email last week. Also linked here: Capriccio Wardrobe Query

Questions? Please email Ian. 
Special Opportunity: Madison Opera Presents Pagliacci
We are excited to announce an additional opportunity that your singer may be interested in this season. As the official children's choir of the Madison Opera, we have been asked to choose 12-16 singers to perform in their production of Pagliacci (“The Clowns”), the second half of a double-bill that will be conducted by Joseph Mechavich and directed by Kristine McIntyre. This is an amazing opportunity for our singers to participate in a professional opera production with an incredible cast and production staff, learn great music, and sing on the Overture Hall stage! 

The children's chorus has an important role in the production and it will require the ability to be focused and on-task at all times. The commitment will be significant but well worth the extra time. We are looking for a group of up to 16 treble voice singers with a maximum height of 5'4" and a mix of boys and girls of various ages.

The commitment: all rehearsals and performances are required.
This is the final schedule. Changes from last week's email are in bold.

REHEARSALS TO LEARN THE MUSIC: at Madison Opera Center, 333 W Mifflin
Wednesday, September 26 - 5:00-6:30pm 
Wednesday, October 3 - 5:00-6:30pm 
Thursday, October 4 - 5:00-6:30pm
Wednesday, October 10 - 5:30-7:30pm 
Thursday, October 18 - 5:00-6:30pm

Tuesday, October 16: 7-9pm
Tuesday, October 23: 6-9pm
Wednesday, October 24: 7-9pm
Thursday, October 25: 6-10pm (final room run)

Saturday, October 27: 2-5pm (Sitzprobe)
Sunday, October 28: 7-11pm (piano tech)
Monday, October 29: 7-11pm (piano dress)
Tuesday, October 30: 7-10pm (orchestra dress)
Wednesday, October 31: 11am (final dress, call time TBD)
Friday, November 2: 8pm performance (call time TBD)  
Sunday, November 4: 2:30pm performance (call time TBD)  

If you are interested, please click the link below and submit your interest form by Monday, September 17. Questions? Please email Lisa.
Pagliacci Interest Form
We will build the roster based on the needs of Madison Opera. Once you volunteer we assume you have checked the dates and can commit to 100% participation. Only singers who have submitted their 2018-2019 registration forms and tuition payment/tuition assistance forms are eligible. We will likely have more volunteers than are needed. We will confirm each participant once the roster is final after September 17. Thank you for your patience!
Tuition Payment Due September 10
Tuition statements were emailed earlier today to families with a balance due. The Big Red Box will be at camp this weekend for your convenience. Thank you for your timely payments! 
Madison Opera High School Apprentice Program
Madison Opera is now accepting applications for their 2018/19 High School Apprentice Program. This program offers juniors and seniors in high school the unique opportunity to explore and experience the world of professional opera. With behind-the-scenes access to rehearsals and performances, one-on-one interaction with professional artists and industry experts, and guidance on training and higher education programs, the apprentices receive a thorough introduction to the production process and careers in the performing arts. 

Apprentices will have the opportunity to:
• meet and dine with distinguished guest artists
• attend rehearsals and performances
• participate in master classes and workshops
• attend Opera Novice and Opera Up Close previews
• speak with Madison Opera staff and crew on working in the opera industry
• participate in backstage tours of the Overture Center, ETC, and other professional theatrical companies
• have a great time while learning about what it takes to bring an opera to life!

To apply (Deadline September 30, 2018):
Please visit Madison Opera to apply online; or download the forms and return to Madison Opera. Madison Opera selects motivated junior and seniors in high school with a passion for learning about opera. The application process does not require an audition or fee, and the program is offered free of charge. Must have ability to commute to events in downtown Madison.

For more information or questions, please contact the Madison Opera office at (608) 238-8085 or info@madisonopera.org