Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, February 2, 2017
This Weekend With MYC
Sunday, February 5, regular rehearsals at Westgate Studios

Ragazzi and Cantabile: We continue with our special Snow Goose rehearsal schedule this week! Ragazzi from 5-7:30pm; Cantabile from 6-8:45pm.
Monday, February 6, regular rehearsals at Westgate Studios
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.

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Augustana College Choir: Please Consider Hosting!
With just two weeks until the wonderful singers of the Augustana College Choir arrive in Madison, we are still in need of many families willing to open their homes and host singers for one overnight. Please consider this opportunity to provide hospitality to college kids far from home! They will be visiting Madison the weekend of February 18-19 and Cantabile and Ragazzi will be working with them and sharing an evening concert at Luther Memorial Church on Saturday evening. 

All MYC families are invited to consider hosting singers that weekend--a wonderful way to welcome older singers to your home and support a great choir! Do you have a student curious about Augustana College? This would be a tremendous opportunity for your family to hear first-hand about the small, liberal-arts, private college experience in Rock Island, Illinois! 

If you are interested in hosting, please complete the Google form in the link below. There are directions at the top of the document. We don't know exact times yet, but hosting will involve attending the Saturday, February 18 concert at 7pm, taking singers home with you following the concert, providing a meal or two, and returning them the next morning to Westgate Mall (easy!). This is always a rewarding experience! Thank you for opening your home!

Hide and Seek: Cracking the Musical Code
Our singers have been working for several weeks, focusing on this semester's theme. Each week singers are "looking more closely" at the music they are studying. Singers in Britten are taking apart a musical motif of J.S. Bach's. Singers in Choraliers and Con Gioia are looking at canons and familiar songs in short segments and exploring how and why they are put together in a particular way. Singers in Cantabile and Ragazzi are working feverishly on a new commission by Scott Gendel--music for a reading of Paul Gallico's novella The Snow Goose--and discovering how and why the composer made his choices. All of our singers are playing "hide and seek", taking a magnifying glass to ask WHY? and to continue to develop the skills to answer.

We are pleased to offer a commemorative T-shirt showcasing our semester theme: Hide and Seek: Cracking the Musical Code.

Shirts are a super-soft tri-blend and are available in youth, unisex and women's sizes. Ordering deadline is Friday, February 17. T-shirts will be delivered to rehearsals in early March.

T-shirts are $12-15, depending upon size.

Click below to order:
Coffee Orders Due February 6
February coffee orders are due Monday, February 6. Please complete the order form linked below to earn $5/unit toward your 2016-17 family fundraising contribution goal.

Madison Marathon 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!).

Wardrobe Fitting Schedule for New Singers
We will be fitting new MYC singers for their concert wardrobe on the rehearsal dates listed below. We appreciate your cooperation in prioritizing your wardrobe fitting date so everyone can look snazzy on concert day. Thank you for making every effort to take care of this on the date assigned to your ensemble!

Sunday, February 12
3:30 - 5:45pm
New singers in Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena and Ragazzi. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before your rehearsal begins to be fitted.

Monday, February 13
3:30 - 4:45pm
New singers in Purcell, Britten and Holst. Please note: we will need to end fittings promptly at 4:45pm to ensure Studio 4 can be set for rehearsal at 5:30pm. Please arrive no later than 4:30pm to be fitted. Thank you!
Spring Introductory Choir
Please tell your friends! For students ages 7-10, new sessions of introductory choir begin mid-February and registration is now open on our website under the Join A Choir tab. Our Sunday class for girls is full but we still have seats available in each of the other sessions: Sunday class for boys; Tuesday combined class for girls and boys; and Saturday morning class for girls and boys held in Monona at Lake Edge Lutheran Church. Completing introductory choir is the first step toward joining a year-long choir for singers this age. Thanks for helping us spread the word!