“Many students who struggle in the classroom come to choir and excel. They have a greater ability to focus on the task at hand, and have built confidence in their performance skills, which include reading in front of classmates, presenting to large groups and performing at unfamiliar venues.”
– Cassie K., former MMSD music teacher

Community Programs

School and Community Choral Program

Now serving over 200 children at two Madison elementary schools and three community centers, this choral outreach program fosters a vibrant artistic culture in neighborhoods that face numerous challenges, providing choral instruction, accompanying school music performances, and inspiring pride and hope among young singers.

School and Community Outreach Tours
Every spring, hundreds of MYC’s young singers share their talents with over 8000 students and senior citizens in a series of free performance tours to more than 25 schools and retirement homes throughout Dane County.

Madison Boychoir Festival
This event welcomes over 400 young men to a vibrant celebration of multi-cultural choral music, showcasing songs from diverse musical traditions.

Through this festival, hundreds of young men have experienced the empowering effects of performing in front of an audience and have become more involved in school and community arts programs.

Intergenerational Choir

This groundbreaking choir, launched in January 2015 with a start-up grant from the Madison Community Foundation, has grown into a beloved, innovative musical ensemble that benefits from blending voices with a wide range of life experiences. Featuring performers who span from 15 to 95 years of age, the Intergenerational Choir brings MYC members and alumni together with residents of Capitol Lakes retirement community to demonstrate the importance of creative expression at every point in life.

The ensemble studies and performs a diverse selection of repertoire, including classical, contemporary, and folk pieces. Check out an excerpt of the choir performing Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus here. 

Carrel Pray Music Educator of the Year Award 

Given annually in honor of the founder of the Madison Boychoir, this award is presented to a teacher who has made a significant contribution to music education in our area and/or has been unusually supportive of MYC and its programs.

Past recipients:
2013 Mary Woodworth Schmidt
2014 Jan Vidruk
2015 Carrel Pray
2016 Dan Krunnfusz
2017 Laurie Fellenz
2018 Patty Schlafer
2019 Diana Popowycz

MYC statement regarding COVID-19

As we shared with our singers’ families on March 12, in the interest of contributing to a healthier outcome for our entire community, especially the most vulnerable among us, MYC will be suspending all rehearsals until mid April. We will continue to send the Weekly Notes each Thursday with updates and we hope that rehearsals will resume April 19/20. We are working on a plan for conductors and singers to stay engaged with each other and with the music we’re studying.

We want you to know that we make this decision not from a place of fear or panic, but from a place of sincere desire to do everything within our power to be part of the solution in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Above all, we want you to know that we consider rehearsal time with our singers to be the highlight of our week and we will miss it in a profound way that speaks to the power of the work we do together. Even though we won’t be together physically, the shared experiences of exploring music and ideas we’ve had together this semester will undoubtedly be a balm for all of us in these extraordinary weeks ahead. Let’s continue to support one another with hopeful empathy, courage, and resilience as we navigate the days ahead.

–The entire MYC staff