Weekly Notes From Madison Youth Choirs
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Open House Rehearsals this Weekend
We are looking forward to welcoming MYC families (and Tony Memmel, our guest artist this semester) to our Open House Rehearsals this weekend! Please note: ALL rehearsals are off-site, i.e., NOT at Westgate and some ensembles are meeting at slightly altered times. Calendars have been updated and details are included below.

    4:00 - 5:30PM    Choraliers | Con Gioia
    5:00 - 7:30PM    Ragazzi (note altered rehearsal time)
    5:45 - 7:30PM    Capriccio (note altered rehearsal time)
    6:30 - 8:30PM    Cantilena | Cantabile (note altered rehearsal time)
    5:30 - 7:00PM    Purcell | Britten
    6:30 - 7:00PM    Holst MSO
    7:15 - 8:45PM    Holst

*The main entrance to Good Shepherd is accessed from Whitney Way, not Raymond Road. Park in the main parking lot and enter on the south side of the building (main doors).

The Big Red Box will be at our Open House rehearsals if you need to submit forms, make a tuition payment, or turn in a coffee order, etc.

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.

Please keep reading for all the details you need to know!
Quick Details for Open House Rehearsals
Both locations: Midvale Lutheran (Sunday) and Good Shepherd Lutheran (Monday), have ample parking on site. Please look at Google maps for specific directions. Midvale Lutheran is accessed via Tokay Boulevard and Good Shepherd Lutheran is accessed via S Whitney Way. Look for our red MYC signs at the parking entrances!

Once inside, please go directly with your singer to their rehearsal, make a name tag and find a seat. We'll have volunteers directing you to the correct space!

Enjoy Rehearsal then Social Time
We hope many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to observe your singer's rehearsal (in relative comfort) to gain a better understanding of MYC's rehearsal process and educational priorities all while enjoying the music!

At some point during the second half of rehearsal, you'll be invited to enjoy social time with other MYC families outside of the rehearsal space. You're always welcome to continue observing rehearsal. We just ask that no food or drink comes into the rehearsal space. 

When rehearsal ends please find your singer and enjoy the ride home discussing all that you learned and observed together! Since groups will be arriving and departing at approximately the same time, thank you in advance for making space for the next group to arrive in a timely manner.

We're looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

P.S. If you are interested in donating a batch or two of cookies or bars to share during our social time, please sign up below! Thanks!
Poinsettias Still Available!
We have plants available in various quantities across most sizes and colors and will continue to sell until our stock is sold out.  

The easiest way to place your order is via the electronic ordering forms. (Paper forms are also available.) Again, plants are available until our stock is sold out! (You can see current availability on the electronic ordering forms.)

Consider contacting your church, your office, your neighbors, favorite restaurant, hotel, hair salon, etc. Ordering is easy! Families are credited $5/plant sold toward their fundraising contribution goal. 

Please note: orders need to be received by the MYC office at least two business days before your desired delivery or pick up date so Felly's has time to prepare your order.

Questions? Please ask!
Intergenerational Choir Concert with Capitol Lakes
Saturday, November 17 | 7PM

Enjoy a memorable evening with our Intergenerational Choir featuring members of Cantabile and Ragazzi as well as MYC alumni and parents. Concert is free and open to the public.

Patrons attending the concert may park in the structure directly across Main Street from Capitol Lakes at no charge. Bring your ticket with you and have it validated at the front desk of Capitol Lakes. Downtown will be busy Saturday evening and parking in this lot will help avoid congestion and competition for parking due to the tree lighting event at the Capitol and other activities.
Mid-Season Auditions
Do you know a student interested in joining Madison Youth Choirs for our second semester? Please direct them to our "Join a Choir" page on our website where they can learn about our mid-season audition opportunities in November and January.

Introductory Choir Registration for Next Semester
Registration for our winter/spring sessions of introductory choir is now open on our website. We will be offering classes on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening at Westgate as well as Saturday mornings at Lake Edge Lutheran Church. Introductory choir is the first step for students ages 7-10 who are interested in participating with MYC. Thank you for sharing with your friends and neighbors who might be interested!
Advertise with Madison Youth Choirs
Create an immediate connection between your business and our thoughtful, engaged, family-oriented audience by placing a season ad in our concert program books. Rates are affordable and placing an ad identifies your company as a cheerleader for youth arts programming in southern Wisconsin. Please feel free to share the brochure linked below with your business owner or employer or visit the Support Us tab on our website. Contact Lynn for more information.

December orders are due November 26. This will be the final opportunity to order prior to the holidays and our mid-season break.

Discount Coupons for A Madison Symphony Christmas
Purcell | Britten | Holst MSO | Cantilena | Ragazzi | Cantabile
Our friends at the MSO have provided $5 discount coupons toward ticket purchases for this event. Coupons are available each week at the Rehearsal Table. One coupon may be used for multiple ticket purchases which means just one coupon is needed per family. As in past years, coupons may only be used in person at the Overture Center Box Office located at 211 State Street.
Text Alerts
Text alerts are a handy way for you to receive short messages from us related to your singer's rehearsal schedule. We include text alerts in the collection of ways we communicate with you if there is a cancellation or rehearsal time change due to weather or other unavoidable circumstance. We use Remind.com and signing up is voluntary. 

To opt in for these handy text alerts, please text the code assigned to your singer's ensemble listed below (e.g., "@mycch" for Choraliers) to the number 81010:
Choraliers @mycch
Con Gioia @myccg
Capriccio @myccp
Cantilena @myccl
Cantabile @myccb
Purcell: @mycpc
Britten: @mycbr
Holst: @mychl
Holst MSO @mycmso
Ragazzi: @mycrz

Please note: if you signed up last year, you will need to sign up again this year as ensembles have changed for most singers and we empty each ensemble at the start of the year to ensure no one is receiving the wrong information.
Thank you, Wonderfully Resilient MYC Community!
It was twenty degrees colder than normal last Saturday and yet the Edgewater Event went on as planned giving our singers (and their parents) the best possible opportunity to display flexibility, positivity, and most of all, resilience in meeting the challenges of the space and the weather. Thanks for hanging in there with us--we know it was not ideal and we appreciate everyone's participation. We hope you enjoyed a caramel apple (or two) and the sneak peek at our repertoire for this semester--come to the Open House Rehearsals this weekend to hear more (we promise it will be warm and cozy inside!)
Thanksgiving Week Preview
  • Watch for a special Tuesday edition of the Weekly Notes next week.
  • The MYC office will be closed on Thursday AND Friday next week.
  • Don't forget regular rehearsals are scheduled for Sunday, November 25. If you are traveling for the holiday weekend, please remember to submit an absence form.