“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
Performing choirs rehearse weekly during the school year, September to May, and have at least two public concerts each season. Students entering at least 5th grade (through 12th) are eligible to audition for a performing choir. 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 for our 2020-21 season are being held in May. Please use the sign up buttons below to reserve your audition time. All auditions are held at our rehearsal location: Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E Gorham Street in Madison. Questions? Please email Lynn Hembel at lhembel@madisonyouthchoirs.org.


Con Gioia$560$200

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.


We are excited to be offering introductory sessions this summer at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E Gorham Street. Sessions meet for one week, Monday through Friday, from 9am until noon and include a snack and time outside. Please choose the week that works best for your family.

Colla Voce (she/her; they/them) and Tallis (he/him; they/them) Combined Classes:

Session 1: Week of June 15-19

Session 2: Week of June 22-26

Session 3: Week of July 13-17


Tuition is $190 and financial assistance is available. Please complete and submit the assistance application included in the registration process.

Refund Policy

  • 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

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