Debut of new intergenerational choir
Madison Youth Choirs (MYC) was recently honored to receive a generous $30,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation, further strengthening MYC's continued efforts to break down barriers to arts participation.
This significant gift has launched a two-year capacity and community building project focused on expanding choral outreach programs to hundreds of singers who have previously been underrepresented in the arts. The grant has enabled MYC to extend the impact of a successful in-school choir program, developed in collaboration with Madison Metropolitan School District, at Lincoln, Chavez, and Nuestro Mundo elementary schools, where the majority of participants come from low-income backgrounds and have previously had few opportunities to share their voices through performance. The choirs serve over 200 children who rehearse weekly during recess, and prepare diverse repertoire for concerts in their schools and on tour throughout the community. The program is set to expand to additional Madison elementary schools in September 2015.
The grant has also enabled MYC to offer choral enrichment programs at the Lussier Community Education Center and create a new intergenerational choir program at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, allowing senior citizens and teenage MYC members a rare opportunity for artistic collaboration.
Directed by Lisa Kjentvet, MYC's Education and Outreach Coordinator (a new position created through the grant) the intergenerational choir will give its debut performance on Sunday, March 15, 1pm in Capitol Lakes' Grand Hall, 333 W. Main St., Madison. The concert is free and open to the public, and will close with an arrangement of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young."
ABOUT THE MADISON YOUTH CHOIRS (MYC)
Recognized as an innovator in youth choral music education, Madison Youth Choirs (MYC) welcomes singers of all ability levels, annually serving more than 500 young people, ages 7-18, in 11 single-gender choirs. Our singers explore the history, context and heart of the music, becoming "expert noticers," using music as a lens to discover the world.Through a variety of high-quality community outreach programs and performance opportunities, MYC strives to make the benefits of arts participation accessible to all.
For further information:
Madison Youth Choirs firstname.lastname@example.org, (608) 238-7464