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Collegium students volunteer at The Good Samaritan Program

This week our collegium students have been volunteering at The Good Samaritan Program. The students helped prepare sandwiches and snacks that will be used in the future. A few students also helped pass out lunches and hot chocolate at the visitor window. The Good Samaritan Program is open every day from 11am to 8pm. Thank you to Ms. Wealton and our parent volunteers for putting together this great excursion for the students.
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St. Cecilia's Day Concert - Sunday 19 November

The Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine and the Choristers of The Madeleine Choir School are please to present the music of Maurice Duruflé and Randall Thompson.

Maurice Duruflé’s 1947 setting of the Requiem is derived from the very first musical source featuring these venerable prayers – the Gregorian Chant. Duruflé writes, “This Requiem is not an ethereal work which sings detached from worldly anxiety. It reflects, in the unchangeable form of the Christian prayer, the anguish of man facing the mystery of his last ending. It is often dramatic, or filled with resignation, or hope, or terror, like the same words of the scripture used in the liturgy. It tries to translate the human feeling in front of their terrifying, inexplicable or consoling destiny.”

Harvard University Professor Randall Thompson selected texts from the Prophet Isaiah to create a ‘sequence of sacred choruses for unaccompanied chorus’ first performed in 1936. The work derives its inspiration from the Quaker artist Edward Hicks’s painting of The Peaceable Kingdom, and the musical influences include the Italian late-Renaissance madrigal sequences and the early American “shaped note” singing tradition from such nineteenth century publications as the Sacred Harp. Thompson wove the selected texts together to express the conflict between good and evil and its final resolution.
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MCS Choir 'Wows' NBA Crowd with Performance of the National Anthem

The Choristers of the Madeleine Choir School gave a brilliant performance of the National Anthem before the Utah Jazz tipped off against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, October 30, 2017. The rendition also brought an international flare to the National Anthem with a German Conductor -- the Choir School's Director of Music, Melanie Malinka -- and an arrangement by the Cathedral of the Madeleine's Organist, Dr. Gabriele Terrone who hails from Italy. The Madeleine Choir School congratulates the Jazz on their 104-89 victory and wishes them well in their coming season. Please click the headline or photo for a link to video of the performance.
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USC Study Shows that MCS is Leading the Way in Improving Perception, Language Skills, Math, Reading, Self Esteem, Memory and Attention

What schools will give your children the best opportunity to succeed in their high school, collegiate, professional careers and beyond? We would like to share some of the latest information from recent studies that show direct advantages to having your child "actively participate and engage" in music as a part of their educational experience. You may have heard of the "Mozart Effect" which says that listening to Mozart's music...
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Admissions Tours: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Madeleine Choir School offers numerous opportunities for prospective students and parents to visit our campus and learn more about the Choir School's highly qualified faculty and the exceptional learning experiences they offer our students. Please join us, or invite a friend or family member who may be interested, Tuesday, November 7 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
Our Admission Tours are designed to show you how students at The Madeleine Choir School experience an unmatched start to life through our rigorous academics, unrivaled music education and well-balanced curriculum.
If these are not convenient times for you, then please contact Karla Padilla in our Office of Admissions (admissions@utmcs.org) or (801)323-9850 to schedule a private tour at another time.
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The Choir School Partners with local Music Advocates at the Mundi Project

The Mundi Project devotes every effort to provide youth access to pianos, music education, and innovative performance opportunities. They believe that every child should have the chance to be part of music, and, of course, we completely agree.
TMP provided four pianos for The Madeleine Choir School last August and these instruments have been used frequently ever since. We would also like to express our deep appreciation to the individual donors of each piano, Mary Gardner, Dorothy Harries, Joy Kahder, and Steve & Janet Witt.
Pictured here are Melanie Malinka, MCS Director of Music; Hana Janatova, TMP Executive Director; Mary Ann Erickson, TMP Board Member and Piano Bank Chair; and Matt Robertson, MCS Music Instructor.
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MCS Students Recognize Major Benefactor of the Choir School, Jane F. McCarthey

Each year The Madeleine Choir School honors Jane F. McCarthey, one of the school's major benefactors, by celebrating 'Crazy Hat Day' in her memory. Mrs. McCarthey was a great fan of fancy and elaborate hats. October 3 marks the anniversary of her death and all MCS students attend a requiem Mass for Mrs. McCarthey -- with hats removed, of course. Pictured here are a few of our students today in their 'crazy' hats in recognition of all that Mrs. McCarthey and the McCarthey Family Foundation have done for the Choir School.
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2017-2018 Calendar for MCS

Listed here are several important dates for the coming 2017-2018 school year. Please click the headline or image to see a PDF of the entire MCS 2017-2018 Calendar.  You may also access this PDF via the 'PARENT' tab under 'Parent Forms and Information.'

2017-2018 Important Dates

First Day of Classes -Wednesday 30 August 2017
Lower School Grandparents Day PreK-Fourth Grade- Friday 6 October 2017
Upper School Grandparents Day Fifth-Eighth Grade- Friday 22 December 2017
Ash Wednesday- Wednesday 14 February 2018
Easter Sunday-Sunday 1 April 2018
Eighth Grade Graduation Day- Friday 1 June 2018
Pentecost Confirmation First Eucharist- Sunday 20 May 2018
Last Day of Classes-Friday 8 June 2018

Student Non-Attendance Days

Labor Day Holiday-Monday 4 September 2017
Fall Break-Thursday & Friday 19/20 October 2017
Teacher Work Day-Friday 3 November 2017
Professional Educator Day- Monday 6 November 2017
Thanksgiving Holiday- Wednesday 22-Friday 24 November 2017
Christmas Holiday- Monday 25 December 2017- Tuesday 2 January 2018
Martin Luther King Day- Monday 15 January 2018
Teacher Work Day-Monday 22 January 2018
President’s Day Holiday- Monday 19 February 2018
Diocesan Professional Educator Day- Friday 9 March 2018
Spring Break/Easter Break – Monday 2 April-Monday 9 April
Memorial Day Holiday-Monday 28 May 2018

Click the calendar icon image above to access the planning calendar and other important MCS Parent Forms.
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2017 Choir Camp

Our students are having a great time at Utah State University, participating in our annual Choir Camp festivities. The kids have had a busy week of activities and team building. Their week has consisted of rock climbing, water slides, and bowling to name a few! The kids also have been prepping for the upcoming concert season and school year. Not even a giant thunderstorm could stop our Choristers fun!

This is a great annual event, that takes many weeks of planning by our faculty and staff. Thank you to Melanie Malinka for always doing such a great job. We also would like to thank all of our parent volunteers, and high school chaperones for sacrificing their time and making this week so successful.
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