Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, April 20, 2017
This Weekend with MYC (Welcome back, All!)
Sunday, April 23, regular rehearsals at Westgate Studios

Monday, April 24, regular rehearsals at Westgate Studios

If you need to report an absence or late arrival, please complete the online 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!
Please Try On Your Concert Wardrobe!
We want to make sure everything fits for concert day--thank you for taking a moment TODAY to try on your concert attire. If anything needs to be resized, please contact Alyssa ASAP. Concert day is May 14 and we need time to secure replacement pieces if needed.
Spring Outreach Tours
It's time to get on the bus! Our spring outreach tour days are fast approaching (see calendar reminders below) and we are looking forward to performing for thousands of Dane County residents who have invited us to their school or retirement home.

What Happens on Tour Day?
Singers meet at and depart from Westgate Mall around 8am and return around 3pm. Specific itinerary details for each choir are linked below. Each ensemble travels by bus to four different venues throughout the day performing selections from their season repertoire for audience members who might not ever have the opportunity to attend one of our concerts. It's a tremendous day of making music, forging friendships, and building lasting memories together--this day is always remembered as a highlight of the MYC experience for our singers.

Each tour is a full day and we ask that you excuse your singer from school to participate in this important community outreach event. The dates have been published on your calendar since the beginning of the season and we assume each singer is participating as everyone is important to the ensemble: please make sure you have taken note of your singer's tour day and have communicated the absence to your school. If you need a written explanation for the absence, we have provided a brief description linked below.

Tour Dates and Itineraries
Wednesday, April 26: Cantabile and Ragazzi
Thursday, April 27: Cantilena
Monday, May 1: Choraliers
Tuesday, May 2: Purcell and Holst | Con Gioia
Thursday, May 4: Britten
Friday, May 5: Capriccio

Want to ride along and lend a hand? Parent chaperones are needed for each tour. Please email Lisa Kjentvet with your interest.
2017-18 Season Intention Forms Due by May 1
Thank you for carefully reading through the intention form information that was distributed at rehearsals before spring break and shared with you via email. Intention forms and deposits are due by May 1. Submitting your intention form ensures you will receive the time-sensitive 2017-18 placement and registration forms scheduled for delivery to families in mid-June. (Please email Lynn if you need this information resent to you.)

If your singer is eligible to audition, please submit your intention form and then reserve your audition time using the link on our Members page.
MYC Tuition and Fundraising Statements
Updated tuition and fundraising statements will be emailed this week to families who have had activity in the past month or who have a balance. As a reminder, the fundraising contribution goal may be met by writing a check for the balance.This is considered a tax-deductible donation to MYC. Participating in fundraising allows MYC to continue offering its rich array of programs without raising tuition. Thank you for paying attention to your progress toward raising $200!

Some of you may still be receiving It's MYChoir donations which we will continue to record on your fundraising statement. Thank you for submitting your donations to the MYC office as soon as possible. Don't forget to include a donor record form for each donation you submit!
Capriccio, Cantilena, Cantabile, Britten and Holst Trebles: Want to be a Recording Star?
Be part of Opera for the Young's tutorial CD of Rusalka that will be used by schools all over Wisconsin next year as they prepare to welcome OFTY into their classrooms and assemblies. MYC has been asked to record the choruses for the tutorial CD and your voice is needed!

We are looking for a group of singers who can commit to two rehearsals (NEXT WEEK!) and the recording day. Here are the details:

Rehearsals at Westgate Studios (Studio 4)
Tuesday, April 25, 6:15-7:30pm
Tuesday, May 2, 6:15-7:30pm

Recording Date (Location TBD)
Saturday, May 6, 1:00PM - 2:30PM

Please RSVP to Lisa Kjentvet with your singer's name and choir if you are interested and available for both rehearsals and the recording date. Once you volunteer we assume you have checked the dates and can commit to 100% participation. We will build the roster based on the needs of Opera for the Young and Lisa will confirm each participant once the list is final--thank you for your patience!
Family Opera Day: Elixir of Love
We are looking for MYC singers in grades 2-5 to participate in Opera for the Young's current tour of "The Elixir of Love" at Family Opera Day on June 11.

Rehearsals at Westgate, Studio 4
Tuesday, May 30, 5:30-6:45pm
Tuesday, June 6, 5:30-6:45pm

Performance at Overture Center for the Arts
Sunday, June 11, likely 10:45am - 2:45pm (11:00 rehearsal, 12:45 Audience workshop, 1:30 performance)

Please RSVP to Lisa with your singer's name and choir by Friday, April 28. We will very likely not have room for every singer that volunteers and will build the roster based on the needs of Opera for the Young. Once you volunteer we assume you have checked the dates and can commit to 100% participation. Lisa will confirm each participant once the list is final--thank you for your patience!
Heartland Youth Choir Visits in June
The Heartland Youth Choir from Des Moines, Iowa will perform an evening concert on Tuesday, June 13, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Middleton. Con Gioia will be joining them in song and we are looking forward to an amazing night of music and new friendships!

Con Gioia: Please check your calendars and let us know via the absence form if you have a conflict.

Would you like to host singers from the Heartland Youth Choir? We are in need of families to provide home stays for 58 singers (21 boys and 37 girls in 5th through 8th grade) following the concert through breakfast on Wednesday morning. Please consider opening your home to host two or more singers overnight on Tuesday, June 13.

All MYC families are invited to host!

Questions? Please contact Lisa at lkjentvet@madisonyouthchoirs.org. Thanks!
Old National Bank to Award $1000
This spring, Old National Bank will give $1,000 to 45 non-profit organizations throughout Wisconsin, and you can help Madison Youth Choirs become one of the recipients of this generous contribution! $1,000 will be given to the non-profit receiving the most votes at each banking location, so we'll be focusing on the location closest to our Westgate office, the Old National Bank at 5750 Raymond Rd.

You can vote once per day through May 12 either in person at Old National Bank or online at Old National Bank: Choose Your Charity and fill in the following information:

Charity Name: Madison Youth Choirs
Charity Address: P.O. Box 5233
City: Madison
State: WI
Zip: 53705
Favorite Old National Banking Center: Madison- 5750 Raymond Rd.

Please note: if your entry comes back as "invalid", please try again with a new CAPCHA code.

You must be at least 18 years old to vote, and votes are limited to one per IP address per day. Thanks so much for taking the time to vote for MYC through this new opportunity to support our music education programs!
Madison Marathon (Run Mad Town) 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!).

Scotland 2018 Tour: Informational Meeting
Purcell, Britten, Holst and Ragazzi families: Please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 8, from 6-7pm for our Scotland 2018 Tour meeting to be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in the sanctuary.