Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Rehearsals this Weekend with MYC
    4:00 - 5:30PM    Choraliers
    4:00 - 5:30PM    Con Gioia
    4:15 - 6:15PM    Ragazzi
    5:45 - 7:30PM    Capriccio
    5:45 - 8:00PM    Cantilena
    6:30 - 9:00PM    Cantabile
    5:30 - 7:00PM    Purcell
    5:30 - 7:00PM    Britten
    7:15 - 8:45PM    Holst

As a reminder, your singer's full semester schedule is available by clicking the calendar link in the header section above.

Please complete the on-line absence form (linked above) to report an absence or late arrival. 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!
Summer 2021 Tour Update
As many of you know, MYC toured to Scotland in 2014, 2016, and 2018. We were scheduled to travel with Capriccio, Cantilena, and Cantabile this summer (2020) but postponed due to a number of factors. We are excited to share that we're actively considering what is possible for a summer 2021 tour! We're pursuing a few ideas including a return to Scotland and hope to have a firm announcement later this spring with a plan to travel with Capriccio, Cantilena, and Cantabile in early summer 2021. A lot of thought goes into our tour plan and we are committed to spending the time to create an experience for our singers that is meaningful and memorable. Our past three tours were amazing and indelibly impacted our entire MYC community creating memories for a lifetime. We're looking forward to seeing what unfolds for 2021!
MYC Board Invites Student Involvement
The board of Madison Youth Choirs has identified an opportunity for high school MYC members to have meaningful involvement in the governance of the organization. Current freshman, sophomores, and juniors who are in at least their second year of participation with MYC are encouraged to share their unique voice as a student board member. Students selected to this position will commit to participating in monthly MYC board meetings contributing their perspective while gaining insight into MYC's governance and acquiring non-profit board experience. This is a non-voting student position.

Applications are due February 23 and we anticipate a decision will be made by March 15. Up to two new student members will be welcomed at the April 16, 2020 board meeting.

Good to know:
The MYC board of directors consists of up to 14 adult members who have committed to three-year terms. They meet monthly and are the governing body with ultimate responsibility for the organization's strategic plan. Meetings are generally scheduled for 90 minutes on the third Thursday of each month and are held at various locations throughout Madison. Student members would need to provide their own transportation to board meetings. The Student Board Member position will have a one-year term.

This is a unique opportunity for a student with deep enthusiasm for MYC and a keen interest in contributing to MYC's success outside of the rehearsal room!
Apply Here
Wardrobe Fittings for New Singers--Reminder
Singers new to MYC this semester are invited to email Ian this week to set up a wardrobe fitting appointment before their rehearsal. Fittings should be completed by mid-February. Thank you for taking care of this errand this week, if possible!
Introductory Choir Summer Registration Now Open!
Registration for our summer sessions of introductory choir is now open on our website. Summer introductory choir is offered in one-week sessions meeting Monday through Friday from 9am to noon and includes time outside and a snack! All sessions will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church--two options in June and one in July. Introductory choir is the first MYC ensemble for new students ages 7-10. Please direct interested friends and family to our "Join a Choir" page on our website for more information.
Handel Aria Showcase Performance | Choraliers
Choraliers singers will be performing "Ombra mai fu" (from their first semester repertoire) at the Handel Aria High School Showcase event at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community.

The Details:
Saturday, February 8
Singers may be dropped off at the main entrance. We will have staff there to greet and direct them. Parking is available in the lot across the street and throughout the neighborhood. 

Event begins at 2pm.

Please wear MYC concert wardrobe, black tights/hosiery, flat black dress shoes.

This event is free and open to the public. Choraliers parents are encouraged to attend! If your singer has an immovable, unavoidable conflict, thank you for submitting the online absence form.

Please note: singers new to Choraliers this semester are welcome to attend as audience members but are not expected to sing as the repertoire is unknown to them.

Cantabile in Concert with Madison Choral Project 
Madison Choral Project (MCP), Wisconsin's first fully professional choir, is collaborating with Cantabile this winter rehearsing together and studying fantastic repertoire celebrating the vibrant and varied colors of treble voices. They will be performing together in a culminating concert event, not to be missed, on Saturday, February 22, 7:30pm at First Congregational Church, 1609 University Avenue. 

Tickets are available from Madison Choral Project.

Coffee Update
Orders that were received by noon on Tuesday this week will be ready for pick up at rehearsals this weekend. 

You can read more about Just Coffee and how to order by clicking the button below!
Sign Up for Text Alerts
We're in the season of unpredictable weather which may (sadly!) lead to canceling rehearsals on a Sunday or Monday. When we cancel a rehearsal we will always send an email, post the news on our Facebook page, and use the Remind app tool to send a text message to families who have signed up for alerts. Signing up is easy and voluntary and you can find the instructions here:
Text Alerts
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