“MYC’s conductors set a wonderful tone of excitement, good humor, and professionalism, tackling substantial issues and repertoire that are valuable not only for performers but for their families and audience members.”
– Diane Garton Edie, Artistic Director, Opera for the Young


How you join MYC–whether you begin with an introductory choir or schedule an audition–depends upon your age. For singers ages 7 through about fifth grade, our introductory choir is the place to start. Students who are eleven or older are eligible to audition directly into a performing choir. Our choirs are for singers ages 7-18, and we enroll new members in the fall, spring and summer. Tuition information is included below and financial assistance is available for all levels of participation.

The information on this page is updated several times during the year as enrollment and audition dates approach. Please check back often or sign up to receive an email when we are announcing new sessions of introductory choir or upcoming audition dates.

Performing Choirs | 2nd – 12th grade
Our 2020-21 season will begin October 4 with virtual rehearsals meeting weekly on Sunday afternoons. Students entering at least 5th grade (through 12th) are eligible to audition for MYC. Our auditions require no advance preparation and are designed and led by our conducting staff whose main goal is to get to know each singer and place them in the ensemble where they will feel both challenged and successful. Students ages seven through 10 complete introductory choir first before being placed in a performing choir. (See introductory choir registration below.)

All of our ensembles are organized around voice type–similar to how sections of an orchestra are organized by instrument type. We welcome students of all gender identities with a desire to sing.

Auditions to join us this fall are now complete. Please sign up below to be notified of our mid-season audition dates later this fall. If you have any questions about how to join MYC, please email Lynn Hembel at lhembel@madisonyouthchoirs.org.

Tuition for the fall 2020 session is $190/singer.

Introductory Choirs | Ages 7-10

Designed to meet the needs of both beginning and experienced musicians, our introductory choir sessions provide our youngest singers the opportunity to explore vocal technique, music theory, and rehearsal skills in a small class environment designed to develop their skills and prepare them for singing in a larger group ensemble with confidence. Students interested in continuing with MYC after completing a session of introductory choir are provided a choir placement upon completion of the class. Some students enroll in introductory choir multiple times, others go on to a performing choir immediately. Continuing with MYC is not required, however, and many students enroll to simply become better musicians and enjoy making music with friends. Introductory choir sessions are offered in the summer, fall, and spring.

Our introductory choirs–like all of our ensembles–are organized around voice type (just as sections of an orchestra are organized by instrument), and have names honoring either a composer or a musical term: Tallis (he/him; they/them) and Colla Voce (she/her; they/them) may be scheduled as combined classes this fall depending upon enrollment.

Our fall sessions are meeting virtually over Zoom on Sunday afternoons from 3-3:30PM for eight weeks beginning October 18 and ending December 13 (no class Thanksgiving weekend). Registration for the fall session is now closed but we invite you to sign up below to be notified when enrollment opens for our next session.

Tuition is $150 and financial assistance is available. Please complete and submit the assistance application included in the registration process.

  • Cancellation seven days or more prior to the start of class: full tuition will be refunded.
  • Cancellation less than seven days prior to the start of class: 50% tuition will be refunded.
  • Tuition becomes 100% nonrefundable the date class begins for your chosen session.

MYC statement regarding COVID-19 (8/30/20)

In light of COVID-19, our upcoming 2020-21 season is will begin virtually. “Auditions” for new singers will be Sunday, September 20; Rehearsals begin Sunday, October 4. Visit our Join a Choir page for the latest information or contact us directly at 608-238-7464. We look forward to singing together again! #mycyousoon.

–The entire MYC staff