2019 National Orchestra Festival Results
Advanced Full Orchestra Takes First Place! 
The full orchestra (high school orchestra and band) and middle school sinfonia competed in the National Orchestra Festival held during the annual American String Teachers Association (ASTA) conference.  This year’s conference and competition were held in Albuquerque March 6-10.  The entire group of 120 DSA students and 30 chaperones, DSA staff, Dr. Lasansky and Mr. Hammond traveled by bus and enjoyed several days of sunny, warm weather in Albuquerque.  Both the high school and middle school performed brilliantly, leaving both Dr. Lasansky and Mr. Hammond beaming.  The high school full orchestra outperformed all other full orchestras to take FIRST PLACE in the full orchestra division!!!  Congratulations!  They played an incredibly challenging program including Duke Ellington’s Three Black Kings conducted by Mr. Hammond; the Adagietto from Mahler’s 5th Symphony; the first movement of Beethoven’s iconic 5th Symphony; and the difficult and dramatic ballet Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky.  The middle school orchestra earned top marks for its beautiful performance of Susan Day’s new piece, Espagnole; Bizet’s Carmen Suite; Fauré’s Pavane; and Jenkin’s Palladio.  The trip was a wonderful, enriching experience for our musicians.  We could not be more proud of them.

DSAO is an intensive program for string musicians seeking to develop their talent, understanding, and passion for music. As the Rocky Mountain Region’s only public 6-12 school for the arts, and a member of the Denver Public Schools, DSA welcomes promising young students who seek a challenging and inspiring environment in which to pursue their musical passion. 

The DSAO serves talented and dedicated string musicians who play the violin, viola, cello or double bass. Our program explores a diverse spectrum of musical styles and genres with an emphasis on classical technique and repertoire. Admittance into the program is by successful audition. Auditions are open to any student living in the United States. Although most of our students come from Colorado, students from as far away as Texas, Wisconsin and Florida have recently joined our orchestras.

Please contact Dr. Enrique Lasansky, Director of Orchestras, at Enrique_Lasansky@dpsk12.org  if you have any questions about the program.


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