January 2020
 
 
 
 
 
Celebrating an Extraordinary International Collaboration with Tallinn Boys Choir
 
 
 
 
Thrilling music enlivened the dark days of winter earlier this month when we welcomed the world class Tallinn Boys Choir to sing with our Purcell, Britten, Holst and Ragazzi choirs in a joint concert at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. 

Dozens of MYC families and several board members hosted the Tallinn choir's singers, conductors, and chaperones over the two days they visited Madison, and an expert team of parent volunteers brought all 100+ MYC and Tallinn boys together for a joyous pre-concert feast. Conversation at the new friends' tables ranged from video games to Vivaldi and after every last pizza slice was devoured, both groups performed beautifully before 600 audience members.

International artistic exchanges like this have become a treasured part of the MYC experience, and we hope to pursue many more in the years to come.
 
 
 
 
 
Saying Goodbye to Westgate Studios and
Hello to Two New Homes
 
 
 
 
 
After ten years rehearsing at Westgate Studios, we bid farewell to our longtime artistic home in December 2019. The building is set to be demolished and redeveloped later this year, but before we left, our Cantilena, Cantabile, and Ragazzi singers had the opportunity to write messages on the walls commemorating our time in the space. Students shared heartfelt and thoughtful words, drawings, and memories, including "Being a part of this program in this beautifully chaotic space has completely changed my life. I will always hold this space dearly in my heart." 

We are so grateful to our colleagues at CG SchmidtChrist Presbyterian Church, and the Wisconsin Center for Music Education which have provided administrative, rehearsal, and storage space for us during this interim time before our permanent home, Madison's Youth Arts Center is scheduled to open in April 2021. 
 
 
 
 
 
Construction Continues on 
Madison's Youth Arts Center!
 
 
 
 
The first stage of construction has been completed on our future home, Madison's Youth Arts Center!

Over the past few months, crews kept busy tying rebar and pouring concrete for the foundation wall along East Mifflin Street. Underground plumbing came next, followed by electrical and utility work. Construction will resume again in March, and in the mean time planning continues for interior furnishings, programming, and staffing. 

The capital campaign for the building (including construction costs, an enduring access fund, and an endowment fund) continues to climb towards our ultimate goal of $35 million, with $31.3 million raised so far! You can stay in the loop on the latest MYAC news by signing up via the button below:
 
 
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Alumni and Alumni Parents Invited to Join Our Intergenerational Choir for Spring Session
 
 
 
 
A new MYC Intergenerational Choir session will begin this spring! This choir, (which brings together teenage members of Cantabile and Ragazzi, alumni of MYC, Madison Boychoir, and Madison Children's Choir, and current and alumni parents with residents of Capitol Lakes retirement community) celebrated its largest membership ever this past November, with more than 50 singers.

Combined rehearsals will be held at Capitol Lakes (333 W. Main St., Madison) on March 25, April 2, 7, and 15 from 6pm-7pm in advance of the concert on Friday, April 17, 7pm (call time 6pm) in Capitol Lakes Grand Hall. If you are interested in joining us, please sign up here.

 
 
 
 
Choraliers Invited to Perform at Handel Aria Competition Showcase
 
 
 
 
 
Choraliers, MYC's youngest girlchoir, will be the opening performers at the 2nd annual Handel Aria Competition High School Singers Showcase. The Handel Aria Competition is an internationally-acclaimed event, founded in 2013 by MYC alumni parents and supporters Orange and Dean Schroeder, which encourages singers of all voice types to explore the repertoire of Handel. A special showcase for high school students became a new component of the competition last year.

Choraliers, led by conductor Lisa Kjentvet, will present "Ombra mai fu," the opening aria of Handel's 1738 opera Serse at the free showcase on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 2pm at Capitol Lakes (333 W. Main St., Madison). 
 
 
 
 
 
Cantabile to Present Works by Caroline Shaw and More with Madison Choral Project
 
 
 
 
 
This winter, MYC's Cantabile choir will welcome altos and sopranos from Madison Choral Project (MCP), Wisconsin's first fully professional choir, for a collaborative rehearsal period and culminating concert celebrating the vibrant and varied colors of treble voices. In addition to each choir performing their own sets, the two ensembles will combine for "Statements" by Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, "Be Like the Bird" by Minnesota composer Abbie Betinis, and "Its Motion Keeps" by Caroline Shaw (the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music). A public performance will be presented at First Congregational Church on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:30pm. 
 
 
 
 
 
Introductory Choir Classes Begin in February
 
 
 
 
We have a great opportunity coming up for children ages 7-10 to build musical skills and vocal technique in a fun and welcoming environment! Our first introductory choir session filled up quickly, but spots remain open for our second session, Monday nights from 6-7pm, February 10 - April 20 at Christ Presbyterian Church. Visit the Join a Choir page of our website for more information or to register.
 
 
 
 
 
Thank You for Supercharging Our
Scholarship Fund!
 
 
 
 
Every year, Madison Youth Choirs awards approximately $20,000 in tuition assistance to students who would not otherwise be able to afford this experience, and who enrich our choirs in myriad ways.

While it generally takes an entire year to fully raise the funds needed specifically for scholarships, the generosity of our community has really shone brightly this year, as a variety of local businesses, foundations, and more than 70 individuals have come together to raise nearly $15,000 for our 2019-2020 season so far, and we're only half-way through the year! 

If you'd like to join these phenomenal supporters with a donation to our scholarship program or just to MYC in general, you can make a secure online contribution through the "Support Us" page on our website. 

Thank you so much on behalf of our young singers!
 
 
 
 
 
Join Us for Our Upcoming Performances
 
 
 
 
Choraliers at the Handel Aria Competition High School Singers Showcase
Capitol Lakes, 333 W. Main St., Madison

Saturday, February 8, 2020
2:00pm, FREE performance!

Cantabile and Madison Choral Project Collaborative Concert
First Congregational Church
1609 University Ave., Madison

Saturday, February 22, 2020
7:30pm

MYC Intergenerational Choir Concert
Capitol Lakes, 333 W. Main St., Madison

Friday, April 17, 2020
7:00pm, FREE performance!

MYC Spring Concert Series, "Hindsight 2020"
Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State St., Madison WI 53703

Saturday, May 2, 2020
7:00pm Purcell, Britten, Holst & Ragazzi

Sunday, May 3, 2020
3:30pm Choraliers, Con Gioia, Capriccio, Cantilena & Cantabile
7:30pm Cantilena, Cantabile & Ragazzi

Ticketing information will be available this spring.​​​​​​​

Cantabile and Ragazzi in Concert at Monroe Arts Center
Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall
1315 11th Street, Monroe, WI

Sunday, May 17, 2020
2:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
Make an Everlasting Gift Through the
MYC Legacy Society
 
 
 
 
Your annual donations to MYC keep our choirs singing throughout the year, but if you would like to make a more permanent investment in the MYC program, we invite you to consider joining the MYC Legacy Society through a planned gift.
 
Consider providing a bequest in your will, or enjoy seeing the impact of your generosity through a gift of money, stock or property during your lifetime.
Your gift will be a lasting tribute to your support of the bright, long-term future of MYC. For further information on how to include MYC in your charitable giving plans, please
contact Nicole Sparacino
 
 
 
 
Madison Youth Choirs
10 W. Mifflin St., Ste 400
Madison, WI 53703
608-238-7464
info@madisonyouthchoirs.org

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