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DSA middle school orchestra wins
ASTA 2018 National Grand Championship!

Our middle school orchestra were first in their division and are the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) 2018 National Grand Champions. Our high school orchestra together with DSA band students received the third place award in The National Orchestra Cup competition. At ASTA, the DSA high school string orchestra received a superior rating from all three judges.

Congratulations to all the DSA students who competed! A big thank you to all the parents who helped organize or served as chaperones on the trip. Finally a huge thank you to our excellent Master Mentors who coach our students on a weekly basis: Ben Tomkins, Robyn Julyan, Paul Primus, Matt Diekman, Danielle Guideri, David Short, Jeremy Nicholas and Mark Stefaniw. We could not have achieved these honors without your contributions.


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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