Week of 24 September, 2017

First and Second Travel Payments are Due

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Please sign up for our first pre-concert potluck of the year (CLICK HERE)
  • Travel Notes: 1st and 2nd payments are due.  Please see links to travel schedules below
  • DSAO will be postponing all international or domestic trips scheduled for 2018-19 with the possible exception of ASTA 2019, which will be held in Albuquerque.
  • Parents and students, please read and acknowledge the handbook (CLICK HERE) as soon as possible.
  • Volunteer 2017-2018 position openings below.  Every little bit that you can do helps keep our DSAO program going strong!
  • Make sure that you like and share the DSAO Facebook page, especially when we have upcoming events!

Upcoming Events

  • Thurs. Oct. 5, 12p: High School Orchestra Concert at UC Anschutz Medical Center
  • Friday, Oct. 6, 5:30p (potluck); 7p (concert): Orchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
    • 5:30p: Pre-concert potluck, DSA Commons
    • 6:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
  • Sat. Oct. 7, 3p, Concert HallOrchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
    • 2:15p: Musicians should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
  • Sun. Oct. 8: Friends of Chamber Music Free Family Concert
  • Tues. Oct. 24, 5:30p-7p, Concert Hall: Rehearsal – Middle School Collaboration with DYAO
  • Mon. Oct. 30, 6p (pizza) 7p (concert), Concert Hall: Concert – Middle School Collaboration with DYAO
  • Thurs.-Sat. Nov 2-4Western States Honor Orchestra Festival

2017-2018 Schedule and Events

  • Please click here for the 2017-2018 schedule (the full schedule is also at the bottom of the newsletter).  As events get closer they will be displayed in this section.  Please check this space for any revisions as the year gets closer.
  • Full Orchestra will attend the CMEA Conference as an Honor Performing Group
    • All three orchestras were chosen, but Dr. L has selected the full orchestra to participate.
    • Jan. 25, 2018: pre-CMEA lunch and concert with CU Boulder Orchestra
    • Jan 25 – Jan 27: CMEA at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs
  • DPS Citywide Orchestra Festival
    • February 3: Sectionals (Intermediate and Advanced)
    • February 9: Rehearsals
    • February 10: Rehearsals and concert
  • March 1-11, 2018: High School Competes in Orchestra Cup, New York, and then travels to Atlanta for ASTA National Orchestra Festival
  • March 8-11: Middle School at ASTA, Atlanta


Oct. 6th Pre-Concert Taco Bar Potluck!

Our October 6th concert is right around the corner and it’s time for our first pre-concert potluck!  We are going to be having a Taco Bar!  Please click on the sign up (CLICK HERE) for items needed and RSVP with the number in your group that will be attending.  If you need to send potluck items to school with your student, please label them for the DSAO Potluck and have them take the item(s) to the main office.  They can ask for them to be kept in the staff refrigerator for the day.

Hope to see you there!

Date: 10/06/2017 (Fri.)Time: 5:30pm – 6:45pm MDT

Location: DSA Commons

Fall Orchestra Concert
Oct. 6 and 7

Middle School

“Vanishing Pointe” Richard Meyer
Tango Mysterioso Susan Day
‘My Shot’ from Hamilton Lin Manuel Miranda

High School

La Oracion del Torero “The Bullfighter’s Prayer” by Turina
Elgar Serenade for String Orchestra
“Angelica” by Efrain Amaya

Concessions

Please bring the following items by grade for concessions at these concerts:

6: water, juice or sodas
7: chips and fruit (pre-packaged apple slices are great!)
8: cookies/pastries (preferably pre-packaged)
9: candy/candy bars
10: water, juice or sodas
11: cookies/pastries (preferably pre-packaged)

Seniors are exempt from donations requirements unless you wish to contribute.


Orchestra Closet  Open – Accepting Donations!

We are accepting donations of concert attire for the DSAO orchestra closet.

Now that summer is over has your musician managed to out grow all of that fabulous concert attire that you just purchased last year?  Don’t let those items collect dust in the back of their closet. Donate them to the DSAO orchestra closet.

We will have collection boxes in the orchestra room starting this week.  So please send those outgrown suits, tuxedos, shirts, bow ties, cummerbunds, dresses, tops, skirts, pants, shoes (anything really) in before the first concert.  (For those who don’t know – We started an orchestra concert closet last year where we could store outgrown but still very wearable concert attire donated by orchestra families.  This clothing and formal attire is available to any orchestra family prior to each concert for outfitting their growing musician.)

Questions or requests contact Chris Engel (cengel_md@yahoo.com)


2017-2018 DSAO Volunteer Positions

Please take a look at the sign-up for 2017-2018  and reply to this email if you have any questions about roles and responsibilities.

2017-2018 Concert Ushers

This is a great way to meet and greet Orchestra concert attendees-many of them orchestra families but also people who are new to DSAO performances. Once signed up (CLICK HERE), you will be on a contact list for our House Manager Julie Padilla to coordinate availability for each concert.

2017-2018 Concessions

Please sign up here!

We have concert dates throughout the year, and these are great opportunities to get in those volunteer hours and help out the orchestra in its fundraising tasks.  We need volunteers to manage the Concessions & Merchandise cash boxes and help sell DSAO merchandise.

There will be an instruction sheet for all concession volunteers, but the job is easy. You will need to arrive approximately 45 minutes prior to the concerts to pick up the cash boxes from the box office (Beki Pineda), organize the concessions table with donated items, and organize the merchandise tables.

No contribution is too small.  Every minute of volunteer time is valuable and appreciated.


Be part of a community as unique as you are!
Join hundreds of string musicians and teachers like you at the ASTA 2018 National Conference, March 7-10 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Attend deep dive workshops, hands-on master classes, listen-and-learn sessions, facilitated roundtable discussions, new music reading sessions, and more.

Connect with your community as you gather new ideas and repertoire.

Explore the conference program
Master Classes: Learn from an expert
Observe instructors as they work with top-quality students to hone and refine their performance. Bring your instrument and join the instruction. It’s a great learning opportunity for teachers and students alike.

Pre-collegiate and collegiate master classes include violin, viola, cello, and bass. Multi-level master classes include chamber music and eclectic styles.

Learn more
Interested in being a student for a master class? The call for students will open in November/December 2018. Student selection will begin January 2018. Questions? Contact Susan Hoopes.
Looking for in-depth learning?
Deep dive workshops
Wednesday, March 7 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
If you are looking for more in-depth learning, attend one of our pre-conference workshops:

  • From the Bow to the Baton: Getting the Most Out of Your Middle and High School Ensembles
  • Ukulele Boot Camp for Bowed String Instrument Teachers
  • The Singing, Dancing, and Grooving Bow: Rhythm and Articulation
  • Translating Your Artistic Passion into Legacy Teaching

Space is limited; separate fees apply.

Get workshop details
Save $150 now on registration
Register by November 30 to get the early bird discount, and make your hotel reservation now to ensure a room at the reduced conference rate.

Enjoy everything Atlanta has to offer while staying in the center of it all at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Peachtree Street. This location is walking distance to the Atlanta Aquarium, Coca Cola Factory, Centennial Park, great restaurants, shopping, and more.

Thank you to our sponsors
Platinum: SHAR Music

Gold: D’Addario & Company | Yamaha Corporation of America

Silver: Huntington T. Block | Pirastro GmbH | Potter Violins

Bronze: Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE)

DSAO one of Fifteen Contestants
in the National Orchestra Championships

In the heart of New York City at the elegant Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Orchestra Cup – National Orchestra Championships is held annually to crown the top school orchestra in the nation.

Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.  Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art.  The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup!



Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group

PRE-CMEA LUNCH AND CONCERT WITH CU BOULDER ORCHESTRA AT DSA
Thursday, Jan 25, 12:30pm

CMEA CONCERT AT THE BROADMOOR HOTEL, COLORADO SPRINGS
Jan 25 – Jan 27

From CMEA President Raleigh “Butch” Eversole:Congratulations to you and the DSA Advanced Full Orchestra from Denver School of the Arts for your selection as an “Honor Performing Group” for the 2018 CMEA Clinic/Conference!

We had 130 audition submissions this year, so it is truly an elite honor to be chosen for this exciting event.  The competition was quite strong and the quality very deep among the submissions received.  Over the next several months there will be apprehension, excitement and anticipation in preparing for your performance.  Whether it’s your first or tenth time to have a group chosen, I congratulate you and your students for a job well done.  Your work and quest for excellence is respected and honored by all music educators in Colorado!


DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition

The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry.

Competitive groups perform for placement within their own division: Middle School, High School, or Youth Orchestra. The NOF has the opportunity for two Grand Champions, both of whom will play in the NOF Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  There will be a Grand Champion for the Public School Division and one from the Private School/Youth Orchestra Division.



Complete Forms for off-campus activities

 Please note the Power of Attorney and Consent for Emergency Care forms, and a copy of the medical insurance card must be completed and turned in for each student any off-campus overnight trip/event, even those events where parents are in attendance.  The Power of Attorney form requires both parents to sign and is required to be notarized. You may find a notary at your local bank, or you may contact either Tracy Holt in the main office or Linda Vliet in the counseling office and ask if they can notarize for you.  Both parents must be present to sign if not already completed. Please date both forms for the entire school year so you only have to do this once.  Otherwise you have to complete both for all trips/events.  These forms are available on the DSAO website  (Click Here).  Please print, complete, have notarized and drop off in the orchestra forms box in the orchestra room.

For students who have medical conditions or who take medications (including over the counter medications), you need to contact the school nurse for the current school year forms for the trip (Please see forms link on website for these forms).  

DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that the money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser will now go into specific student travel accounts (based on card ownership & use) and will be used towards their Orchestra travel expenses.

Each time you reload your King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card (must be purchased through DSAO for $2.50 – which is the amount already loaded on the card), 5% of each reloading (up to $500) is awarded to DSAO, and we will track it for you and your student.  That is 5 cents on every dollar you spend without costing you anything!  Even a small amount can help when it comes time to pay for trips.  King Soopers sends DSAO a check each time the reloads reach $5,000 or more, and that is when your students travel account will be credited with the amount earned.  There is no cash value attached to the account, it is for DSAO fundraising only.  Funds may follow the student from year to year providing they stay in the Orchestra.  Once the student graduates, or leaves the Orchestra, the funds will be transferred to the DSAO travel scholarship fund, or may be transferred to a sibling within the Orchestra.  Funds are not issued to the departing student or family.

Cards may be used at any Kings Soopers and City Market stores and can be used for many types of purchases including groceries, prescriptions, and gasoline.  They cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets, stamps, money transactions, gift cards and other types of tickets.

Once you’ve purchased your card from DSAO, You simply give the card to your cashier before your purchases are scanned so the reloading is paid as a separate transaction (or you can do this at the Customer Service before making your purchases).  You pay for the reload amount by cash, check or credit card. You can then use the Gift Card to pay for your purchases at any checkout line or fuel center. You can reload again and again.   The more you use it, the more money is earned for your student.  The money on the card never expires: However, if your balance goes to zero and you don’t reload it within 90 days, the card becomes inactive. You would then need to get a new card from DSAO.  If you reload it after it is inactive, your student will not get credit for the reloads.

When DSAO plans a trip, and money is due, we will send you the balance in your students trip account to apply toward the amount due for that trip.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!


2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

Fall Concert

Friday, Oct 6, 7pm
Saturday, Oct 7, 3pm

Fall Chamber Concert

Friday, Nov 17, 7pm

Winter Concert

Saturday, Dec 16, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 17th, 3pm

Spring Concert

Friday, Feb 23, 7pm
Saturday, Feb 24, 3pm

Spring Chamber Concert

Friday, Apr 27, 7pm

Spring Pops Concert

Saturday, May 12, 3pm
Sunday, May 13, 3pm

Week of September 17th, 2017

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Travel Notes: 1st and 2nd payments are due
  • DSAO will be postponing all international or domestic trips scheduled for 2018-19 with the possible exception of ASTA 2019, which will be held in Albuquerque.
  • New music online!  Print a copy of your part at home to practice.  Contact Terrie Tyree if you do not have access to a printer. Please note the new download password in the attached file (CLICK HERE).
  • Parents and students, please read and acknowledge the handbook (CLICK HERE) as soon as possible.
  • Volunteer 2017-2018 position openings below.  Every little bit that you can do helps keep our DSAO program going strong!
  • Make sure that you like and share the DSAO Facebook page, especially when we have upcoming events!

Upcoming Events

  • Thurs. Oct. 5, 12p: High School Orchestra Concert at UC Anschutz Medical Center
  • Friday, Oct. 6, 7p, Concert Hall: Orchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
  • Sat. Oct. 7, 3p, Concert HallOrchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
  • Sun. Oct. 8: Friends of Chamber Music Free Family Concert
  • Please click here for the 2017-2018 schedule (the full schedule is also at the bottom of the newsletter).  As events get closer they will be displayed in this section.  Please check this space for any revisions as the year gets closer.
  • Middle and high school preparing for a memorable year of events!
    • Middle School Collaboration with DYAO:

      Oct 24
      Rehearsal
      Concert Hall
      5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Oct 30
      Concert Hall Rehearsal 5p
      Pizza 6p
      Concert 7:00 pm

    • Full Orchestra will attend the CMEA Conference as an Honor Performing Group
      • All three orchestras were chosen, but Dr. L has selected the full orchestra to participate.
      • Jan. 25, 2018: pre-CMEA lunch and concert with CU Boulder Orchestra
      • Jan 25 – Jan 27: CMEA at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs
    • March 1-11, 2018: High School Competes in Orchestra Cup, New York, and then travels to Atlanta for ASTA National Orchestra Festival
    • March 8-11: Middle School at ASTA, Atlanta


Orchestra Closet  Open – Accepting Donations!

We are accepting donations of concert attire for the DSAO orchestra closet.

Now that summer is over has your musician managed to out grow all of that fabulous concert attire that you just purchased last year?  Don’t let those items collect dust in the back of their closet. Donate them to the DSAO orchestra closet.

We will have collection boxes in the orchestra room starting this week.  So please send those outgrown suits, tuxedos, shirts, bow ties, cummerbunds, dresses, tops, skirts, pants, shoes (anything really) in before the first concert.  (For those who don’t know – We started an orchestra concert closet last year where we could store outgrown but still very wearable concert attire donated by orchestra families.  This clothing and formal attire is available to any orchestra family prior to each concert for outfitting their growing musician.)

Questions or requests contact Chris Engel (cengel_md@yahoo.com)


2017-2018 DSAO Volunteer Positions

Please take a look at the sign-up for 2017-2018  and reply to this email if you have any questions about roles and responsibilities.

2017-2018 Concert Ushers

This is a great way to meet and greet Orchestra concert attendees-many of them orchestra families but also people who are new to DSAO performances. Once signed up (CLICK HERE), you will be on a contact list for our House Manager Julie Padilla to coordinate availability for each concert.

2017-2018 Concessions

Please sign up here!

We have concert dates throughout the year, and these are great opportunities to get in those volunteer hours and help out the orchestra in its fundraising tasks.  We need volunteers to manage the Concessions & Merchandise cash boxes and help sell DSAO merchandise.

There will be an instruction sheet for all concession volunteers, but the job is easy. You will need to arrive approximately 45 minutes prior to the concerts to pick up the cash boxes from the box office (Beki Pineda), organize the concessions table with donated items, and organize the merchandise tables.

No contribution is too small.  Every minute of volunteer time is valuable and appreciated.


Be part of a community as unique as you are!
Join hundreds of string musicians and teachers like you at the ASTA 2018 National Conference, March 7-10 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Attend deep dive workshops, hands-on master classes, listen-and-learn sessions, facilitated roundtable discussions, new music reading sessions, and more.

Connect with your community as you gather new ideas and repertoire.

Explore the conference program
Master Classes: Learn from an expert
Observe instructors as they work with top-quality students to hone and refine their performance. Bring your instrument and join the instruction. It’s a great learning opportunity for teachers and students alike.

Pre-collegiate and collegiate master classes include violin, viola, cello, and bass. Multi-level master classes include chamber music and eclectic styles.

Learn more
Interested in being a student for a master class? The call for students will open in November/December 2018. Student selection will begin January 2018. Questions? Contact Susan Hoopes.
Looking for in-depth learning?
Deep dive workshops
Wednesday, March 7 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
If you are looking for more in-depth learning, attend one of our pre-conference workshops:

  • From the Bow to the Baton: Getting the Most Out of Your Middle and High School Ensembles
  • Ukulele Boot Camp for Bowed String Instrument Teachers
  • The Singing, Dancing, and Grooving Bow: Rhythm and Articulation
  • Translating Your Artistic Passion into Legacy Teaching

Space is limited; separate fees apply.

Get workshop details
Save $150 now on registration
Register by November 30 to get the early bird discount, and make your hotel reservation now to ensure a room at the reduced conference rate.

Enjoy everything Atlanta has to offer while staying in the center of it all at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Peachtree Street. This location is walking distance to the Atlanta Aquarium, Coca Cola Factory, Centennial Park, great restaurants, shopping, and more.

Thank you to our sponsors
Platinum: SHAR Music

Gold: D’Addario & Company | Yamaha Corporation of America

Silver: Huntington T. Block | Pirastro GmbH | Potter Violins

Bronze: Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE)

DSAO one of Fifteen Contestants
in the National Orchestra Championships

In the heart of New York City at the elegant Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Orchestra Cup – National Orchestra Championships is held annually to crown the top school orchestra in the nation.

Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.  Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art.  The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup!



Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group

PRE-CMEA LUNCH AND CONCERT WITH CU BOULDER ORCHESTRA AT DSA
Thursday, Jan 25, 12:30pm

CMEA CONCERT AT THE BROADMOOR HOTEL, COLORADO SPRINGS
Jan 25 – Jan 27

From CMEA President Raleigh “Butch” Eversole:Congratulations to you and the DSA Advanced Full Orchestra from Denver School of the Arts for your selection as an “Honor Performing Group” for the 2018 CMEA Clinic/Conference!

We had 130 audition submissions this year, so it is truly an elite honor to be chosen for this exciting event.  The competition was quite strong and the quality very deep among the submissions received.  Over the next several months there will be apprehension, excitement and anticipation in preparing for your performance.  Whether it’s your first or tenth time to have a group chosen, I congratulate you and your students for a job well done.  Your work and quest for excellence is respected and honored by all music educators in Colorado!


DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition

The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry.

Competitive groups perform for placement within their own division: Middle School, High School, or Youth Orchestra. The NOF has the opportunity for two Grand Champions, both of whom will play in the NOF Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  There will be a Grand Champion for the Public School Division and one from the Private School/Youth Orchestra Division.



Complete Forms for off-campus activities

 Please note the Power of Attorney and Consent for Emergency Care forms, and a copy of the medical insurance card must be completed and turned in for each student any off-campus overnight trip/event, even those events where parents are in attendance.  The Power of Attorney form requires both parents to sign and is required to be notarized. You may find a notary at your local bank, or you may contact either Tracy Holt in the main office or Linda Vliet in the counseling office and ask if they can notarize for you.  Both parents must be present to sign if not already completed. Please date both forms for the entire school year so you only have to do this once.  Otherwise you have to complete both for all trips/events.  These forms are available on the DSAO website  (Click Here).  Please print, complete, have notarized and drop off in the orchestra forms box in the orchestra room.

For students who have medical conditions or who take medications (including over the counter medications), you need to contact the school nurse for the current school year forms for the trip (Please see forms link on website for these forms).  

DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that the money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser will now go into specific student travel accounts (based on card ownership & use) and will be used towards their Orchestra travel expenses.

Each time you reload your King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card (must be purchased through DSAO for $2.50 – which is the amount already loaded on the card), 5% of each reloading (up to $500) is awarded to DSAO, and we will track it for you and your student.  That is 5 cents on every dollar you spend without costing you anything!  Even a small amount can help when it comes time to pay for trips.  King Soopers sends DSAO a check each time the reloads reach $5,000 or more, and that is when your students travel account will be credited with the amount earned.  There is no cash value attached to the account, it is for DSAO fundraising only.  Funds may follow the student from year to year providing they stay in the Orchestra.  Once the student graduates, or leaves the Orchestra, the funds will be transferred to the DSAO travel scholarship fund, or may be transferred to a sibling within the Orchestra.  Funds are not issued to the departing student or family.

Cards may be used at any Kings Soopers and City Market stores and can be used for many types of purchases including groceries, prescriptions, and gasoline.  They cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets, stamps, money transactions, gift cards and other types of tickets.

Once you’ve purchased your card from DSAO, You simply give the card to your cashier before your purchases are scanned so the reloading is paid as a separate transaction (or you can do this at the Customer Service before making your purchases).  You pay for the reload amount by cash, check or credit card. You can then use the Gift Card to pay for your purchases at any checkout line or fuel center. You can reload again and again.   The more you use it, the more money is earned for your student.  The money on the card never expires: However, if your balance goes to zero and you don’t reload it within 90 days, the card becomes inactive. You would then need to get a new card from DSAO.  If you reload it after it is inactive, your student will not get credit for the reloads.

When DSAO plans a trip, and money is due, we will send you the balance in your students trip account to apply toward the amount due for that trip.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!


2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

Fall Concert

Friday, Oct 6, 7pm
Saturday, Oct 7, 3pm

Fall Chamber Concert

Friday, Nov 17, 7pm

Winter Concert

Saturday, Dec 16, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 17th, 3pm

Spring Concert

Friday, Feb 23, 7pm
Saturday, Feb 24, 3pm

Spring Chamber Concert

Friday, Apr 27, 7pm

Spring Pops Concert

Saturday, May 12, 3pm
Sunday, May 13, 3pm

Week of September 10, 2017

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • High School: All Western States Honor Orchestra Audition Materials are DUE THIS WEDNESDAYSEPTEMBER, 13th, 2017
  • DSAO Partial Scholarships Available for Middle and High School Trips: Requests must be emailed to Tracy Holt by September 15th.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Please see below for more information.
  • New music online!  Print a copy of your part at home to practice.  Contact Terrie Tyree if you do not have access to a printer. Please note the new download password in the attached file (CLICK HERE).
  • Parents and students, please read and acknowledge the handbook (CLICK HERE) as soon as possible.
  • Wombat pictures requested
  • Volunteer 2017-2018 position openings below.  Every little bit that you can do helps keep our DSAO program going strong!
  • Make sure that you like and share the DSAO Facebook page, especially when we have upcoming events!

TO-DO Week of September 10, 2017

Upcoming Events

  • Thurs. Oct. 5, 12p: High School Orchestra Concert at UC Anschutz Medical Center
  • Sun. Oct. 8: Friends of Chamber Music Free Family Concert
  • Friday 10/6, 7:00 PM, Concert Hall: Orchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
    • Volunteer concession managers needed for concert. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.
  • Sat. 10/7, 3:00 PM, Concert HallOrchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
    • Volunteer concession managers needed for concert. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.
  • Please click here for the 2017-2018 schedule (the full schedule is also at the bottom of the newsletter).  As events get closer they will be displayed in this section.  Please check this space for any revisions as the year gets closer.
  • Middle and high school preparing for a memorable year of events!
    • Middle School Collaboration with DYAO:

      Oct 24
      Rehearsal
      Concert Hall
      5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Oct 30
      Concert Hall Rehearsal 5p
      Pizza 6p
      Concert 7:00 pm

    • Full Orchestra will attend the CMEA Conference as an Honor Performing Group
      • All three orchestras were chosen, but Dr. L has selected the full orchestra to participate.
      • Jan. 25, 2018: pre-CMEA lunch and concert with CU Boulder Orchestra
      • Jan 25 – Jan 27: CMEA at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs
    • March 1-11, 2018High School Competes in Orchestra Cup, New York, and then travels to Atlanta for ASTA National Orchestra Festival
    • March 8-11Middle School at ASTA, Atlanta


URGENT

Western States Honor Orchestra DEADLINE

 Wed 9/13

AUDITION FILES are due to Dr. Lasansky via Dropbox (we will send you an invite from Dropbox to do this) by September 13, 2017

As a reminder:
The audition document (mp3 file only) must be labeled: LastName_FirstName_School_Instrument.mp3

All required audition material must be included in one file in the following order: Scales, Orchestral Excerpts, Solo Selection. Only one file including all audition requirements should be submitted per applicant.

Audition recordings must be recorded without accompaniment. 

Recordings must also be unedited with no added “overdubs” or reverb.

Mp3 files must be compressed at a bitrate of no more than 256 kbps. Files larger than 20MB will not be accepted. Consider that the quality of the audition recording may reasonably affect the perception of the adjudicators.

In addition, if off-campus forms have not been completed, please complete them as soon as possible.  Instructions are at the bottom of this email.


DSAO Partial Scholarships Available
for Middle and High School Trips

We want to make sure EVERY student attends our curricular trips. Our parent volunteers have worked very hard to get the best prices possible for travel and accommodations. Nonetheless we fully realize that these expenses are a true hardship for some of our families. Any DSAO student who is on a free or reduced lunch program automatically qualifies for a scholarship. For those who are not on this program and are experiencing hardship, please submit a letter via e-mail to Ms. Tracy Holt (tracy_holt@dpsk12.orgby September 15th at 5p (NO EXCEPTIONS), explaining your circumstances and the amount of assistance requested.

Orchestra Closet  Open – Accepting Donations!

We are accepting donations of concert attire for the DSAO orchestra closet.

Now that summer is over has your musician managed to out grow all of that fabulous concert attire that you just purchased last year?  Don’t let those items collect dust in the back of their closet. Donate them to the DSAO orchestra closet.

We will have collection boxes in the orchestra room starting this week.  So please send those outgrown suits, tuxedos, shirts, bow ties, cummerbunds, dresses, tops, skirts, pants, shoes (anything really) in before the first concert.  (For those who don’t know – We started an orchestra concert closet last year where we could store outgrown but still very wearable concert attire donated by orchestra families.  This clothing and formal attire is available to any orchestra family prior to each concert for outfitting their growing musician.)

Questions or requests contact Chris Engel (cengel_md@yahoo.com)


2017-2018 DSAO Volunteer Positions

Please take a look at the sign-up for 2017-2018  and reply to this email if you have any questions about roles and responsibilities.

2017-2018 Concert Ushers

This is a great way to meet and greet Orchestra concert attendees-many of them orchestra families but also people who are new to DSAO performances. Once signed up (CLICK HERE), you will be on a contact list for our House Manager Julie Padilla to coordinate availability for each concert.

2017-2018 Concessions

Please sign up here!

We have concert dates throughout the year, and these are great opportunities to get in those volunteer hours and help out the orchestra in its fundraising tasks.  We need volunteers to manage the Concessions & Merchandise cash boxes and help sell DSAO merchandise.

There will be an instruction sheet for all concession volunteers, but the job is easy. You will need to arrive approximately 45 minutes prior to the concerts to pick up the cash boxes from the box office (Beki Pineda), organize the concessions table with donated items, and organize the merchandise tables.

No contribution is too small.  Every minute of volunteer time is valuable and appreciated.



Wombat Pictures!

Thanks to all the parents who helped make Wombat a success! If you took pictures during the event, please upload them to Dropbox 

DSAO one of Fifteen Contestants
in the National Orchestra Championships

In the heart of New York City at the elegant Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Orchestra Cup – National Orchestra Championships is held annually to crown the top school orchestra in the nation.

Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.  Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art.  The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup!



Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group

PRE-CMEA LUNCH AND CONCERT WITH CU BOULDER ORCHESTRA AT DSA
Thursday, Jan 25, 12:30pm

CMEA CONCERT AT THE BROADMOOR HOTEL, COLORADO SPRINGS
Jan 25 – Jan 27

From CMEA President Raleigh “Butch” Eversole:Congratulations to you and the DSA Advanced Full Orchestra from Denver School of the Arts for your selection as an “Honor Performing Group” for the 2018 CMEA Clinic/Conference!

We had 130 audition submissions this year, so it is truly an elite honor to be chosen for this exciting event.  The competition was quite strong and the quality very deep among the submissions received.  Over the next several months there will be apprehension, excitement and anticipation in preparing for your performance.  Whether it’s your first or tenth time to have a group chosen, I congratulate you and your students for a job well done.  Your work and quest for excellence is respected and honored by all music educators in Colorado!


DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition

The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry.

Competitive groups perform for placement within their own division: Middle School, High School, or Youth Orchestra. The NOF has the opportunity for two Grand Champions, both of whom will play in the NOF Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  There will be a Grand Champion for the Public School Division and one from the Private School/Youth Orchestra Division.



Complete Forms for off-campus activities

 Please note the Power of Attorney and Consent for Emergency Care forms, and a copy of the medical insurance card must be completed and turned in for each student any off-campus overnight trip/event, even those events where parents are in attendance.  The Power of Attorney form requires both parents to sign and is required to be notarized. You may find a notary at your local bank, or you may contact either Tracy Holt in the main office or Linda Vliet in the counseling office and ask if they can notarize for you.  Both parents must be present to sign if not already completed. Please date both forms for the entire school year so you only have to do this once.  Otherwise you have to complete both for all trips/events.  These forms are available on the DSAO website  (Click Here).  Please print, complete, have notarized and drop off in the orchestra forms box in the orchestra room.

For students who have medical conditions or who take medications (including over the counter medications), you need to contact the school nurse for the current school year forms for the trip (Please see forms link on website for these forms).  

DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that the money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser will now go into specific student travel accounts (based on card ownership & use) and will be used towards their Orchestra travel expenses.

Each time you reload your King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card (must be purchased through DSAO for $2.50 – which is the amount already loaded on the card), 5% of each reloading (up to $500) is awarded to DSAO, and we will track it for you and your student.  That is 5 cents on every dollar you spend without costing you anything!  Even a small amount can help when it comes time to pay for trips.  King Soopers sends DSAO a check each time the reloads reach $5,000 or more, and that is when your students travel account will be credited with the amount earned.  There is no cash value attached to the account, it is for DSAO fundraising only.  Funds may follow the student from year to year providing they stay in the Orchestra.  Once the student graduates, or leaves the Orchestra, the funds will be transferred to the DSAO travel scholarship fund, or may be transferred to a sibling within the Orchestra.  Funds are not issued to the departing student or family.

Cards may be used at any Kings Soopers and City Market stores and can be used for many types of purchases including groceries, prescriptions, and gasoline.  They cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets, stamps, money transactions, gift cards and other types of tickets.

Once you’ve purchased your card from DSAO, You simply give the card to your cashier before your purchases are scanned so the reloading is paid as a separate transaction (or you can do this at the Customer Service before making your purchases).  You pay for the reload amount by cash, check or credit card. You can then use the Gift Card to pay for your purchases at any checkout line or fuel center. You can reload again and again.   The more you use it, the more money is earned for your student.  The money on the card never expires: However, if your balance goes to zero and you don’t reload it within 90 days, the card becomes inactive. You would then need to get a new card from DSAO.  If you reload it after it is inactive, your student will not get credit for the reloads.

When DSAO plans a trip, and money is due, we will send you the balance in your students trip account to apply toward the amount due for that trip.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!

2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

Fall Concert

Friday, Oct 6, 7pm
Saturday, Oct 7, 3pm

Fall Chamber Concert

Friday, Nov 17, 7pm

Winter Concert

Saturday, Dec 16, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 17th, 3pm

Spring Concert

Friday, Feb 23, 7pm
Saturday, Feb 24, 3pm

Spring Chamber Concert

Friday, Apr 27, 7pm

Spring Pops Concert

Saturday, May 12, 3pm
Sunday, May 13, 3pm

Week of September 3rd, 2017

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • High School: Western States Honor Orchestra Audition Entry Forms are DUE THIS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER, 6TH, 2017 BY 11:00AM
  • Mandatory Travel Meetings for Parents: Tuesday, Sept. 5
  • New music online!  Print a copy of your part at home to practice.  Contact Terrie Tyree if you do not have access to a printer. We cannot thank our webmaster, Anne Sarsen, enough for undertaking a major overhaul of our website and already uploading a ton of music!  Please note the new download password in the attached file (CLICK HERE).
  • Parents and students, please read and acknowledge the handbook (CLICK HERE) as soon as possible.
  • Placement audition materials below: Preliminary auditions Sept. 5-7
  • Wombat pictures requested
  • High school full orchestra rehearsal and performance schedule attached.
    • Students are encouraged to start practicing hard and listening to the pieces listed in the attachment, because this is going to be an intense year!
  • Volunteer 2017-2018 position openings below.  Every little bit that you can do helps keep our DSAO program going strong!
  • Make sure that you like and share the DSAO Facebook page, especially when we have upcoming events!

TO-DO Week of September 3, 2017

  • Tues. Sept. 5-Thurs. Sept. 7: Preliminary Auditions
  • Tues. Sept. 5: Mandatory Travel Meetings for Parents
    • 6:00-6:45p Middle School Parents
    • 7:00-7:45 High School Parents
  • Sat. Sept. 9, 5p (5:30p performance): (High School) Gala Night!
    • High school orchestra students are required to perform for the annual DSA Fall Gala.  Please arrive by 5p in concert attire.

Upcoming Events

  •  Sept 13thHigh School Western State Audition materials Due to Dr. L (Click Here)
  • Thurs. Oct. 5, 12p: High School Orchestra Concert at UC Anschutz Medical Center
  • Sun. Oct. 8: Friends of Chamber Music Free Family Concert
  • Please click here for the 2017-2018 schedule (the full schedule is also at the bottom of the newsletter).  As events get closer they will be displayed in this section.  Please check this space for any revisions as the year gets closer.
  • Middle and high school preparing for a memorable year of events!
    • Middle School Collaboration with DYAO:

      Oct 24
      Rehearsal
      Concert Hall
      5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Oct 30
      Concert Hall Rehearsal 5p
      Pizza 6p
      Concert 7:00 pm

    • Full Orchestra will attend the CMEA Conference as an Honor Performing Group
      • All three orchestras were chosen, but Dr. L has selected the full orchestra to participate.
      • Jan. 25, 2018: pre-CMEA lunch and concert with CU Boulder Orchestra
      • Jan 25 – Jan 27: CMEA at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs
    • March 1-11, 2018High School Competes in Orchestra Cup, New York, and then travels to Atlanta for ASTA National Orchestra Festival
    • March 8-11Middle School at ASTA, Atlanta



URGENT

Western States Honor Orchestra DEADLINE

Wed 9/6 at 11a

http://arts.unco.edu/pdf/music/festivals-workshops/2017-wshof-audition-application.pdf

Please turn in your Audition Entry Form, along with your $25 audition fee (checks payable to UNC Orchestras, cash in envelopes with your name) to the “Forms” bin on the table in the orchestra room no later than 11:00am on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.  Forms need to be signed by  the student, parent(s), Dr. Lasansky and Mr. Kohut, which is why we they are turned into us early.

Terrie Tyree will take care of getting Dr. Lasansky & Mr. Kohut’s signatures, and mail them all together so that they are received by UNC by the deadline.  If you do not have your form into the “forms” bin or Ms. Tyree by 11:00 on September 6th, you will have to get the signatures and mail yourself.

AUDITION FILES are due to Dr. Lasansky via Dropbox (we will send you an invite from Dropbox to do this) by September 13, 2017.   Please be sure to read the requirements on the order of the music, and how to name your file on the Western States website.

In addition, if off-campus forms have not been completed, please complete them as soon as possible.  Instructions are at the bottom of this email.


DSAO 2017-18: New and Returning Students
Sept. 5-7

Every student should be prepared for their audition first thing Tuesday morning.  However, you can’t all be first, so please be patient!  🙂

We appreciate you all for being ready, and helping us move through this process smoothly.
Thank you!

Middle School:

We will be starting with students in 6th & 7th grade (not necessarily in that order) and moving to 8th grade if there is time.  However, 8th graders will be auditioning during their Chamber class in order to get all auditions completed asap.

For new and existing middle school students, prepare a solo piece of your choice along with one major scale, one melodic minor scale (two octaves with 0-3 sharps or flats), and one two-octave chromatic scale. Three octave scales are optional. Sight reading will round out the audition.

High School:

Please prepare the material for Western States and All-State Orchestra at: http://arts.unco.edu/music/festivals-workshops/honor-orchestra/
Auditions consists of scales, orchestral excerpts and a solo piece such as a concerto, sonata or other pieces demonstrating lyric and technical abilities. Sight reading will also be included. Please make sure you have listened carefully to the pieces from which the orchestral excerpts are taken from so that you know the tempi and style!

Those in Chamber class will audition during that class.  All others will be during Orchestra.  If you have a free period, or are available at another time during the day, please let us know and we will try to fit you in if possible.

Thanks,
Dr. Lasansky



DSAO’s Amazing Travel Opportunities in 2018
Mandatory Parent Meetings

Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Time: 6:00-6:45 PM – Middle School parents
Time: 7:00-7:45 – High School parents
Required: Please bring a $50 deposit 

As promised at the end of last year and in our intro letter a couple of weeks ago, the Travel Committee will present further details regarding the trips to New York (High School) and Atlanta (Middle and High School). We will provide information on the developing itinerary, flights, payment plans, and chaperone requirements and application process. We will also review the scholarship application process and deadlines for those seeking assistance with travel payments due to hardship. 

These are wonderful opportunities for our students and we want everyone to be able to attend! We look forward to seeing you at DSA – location will either be the Concert Hall or our Orchestra Room. Also, please note even if you have a child in each program-Middle and High School – we will have separate meetings to discuss each itinerary so your attendance will be required at both to gather all the necessary information. Thank you!

-Deirdre Oss, Sharon Felser, and Suzi Ericksen-Travel Committee


Wombat Pictures!

Thanks to all the parents who helped make Wombat a success! If you took pictures during the event, please upload them to Dropbox 


2017-2018 DSAO Volunteer Positions

Please take a look at the sign-up for 2017-2018  and reply to this email if you have any questions about roles and responsibilities.

2017-2018 Concert Ushers

This is a great way to meet and greet Orchestra concert attendees-many of them orchestra families but also people who are new to DSAO performances. Once signed up (CLICK HERE), you will be on a contact list for our House Manager Julie Padilla to coordinate availability for each concert.

2017-2018 Concessions

Please sign up here!

We have concert dates throughout the year, and these are great opportunities to get in those volunteer hours and help out the orchestra in its fundraising tasks.  We need volunteers to manage the Concessions & Merchandise cash boxes and help sell DSAO merchandise.

There will be an instruction sheet for all concession volunteers, but the job is easy. You will need to arrive approximately 45 minutes prior to the concerts to pick up the cash boxes from the box office (Beki Pineda), organize the concessions table with donated items, and organize the merchandise tables.

No contribution is too small.  Every minute of volunteer time is valuable and appreciated.


DSAO one of Fifteen Contestants
in the National Orchestra Championships

In the heart of New York City at the elegant Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Orchestra Cup – National Orchestra Championships is held annually to crown the top school orchestra in the nation.

Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.  Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art.  The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup!



Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group

PRE-CMEA LUNCH AND CONCERT WITH CU BOULDER ORCHESTRA AT DSA
Thursday, Jan 25, 12:30pm

CMEA CONCERT AT THE BROADMOOR HOTEL, COLORADO SPRINGS
Jan 25 – Jan 27

From CMEA President Raleigh “Butch” Eversole:Congratulations to you and the DSA Advanced Full Orchestra from Denver School of the Arts for your selection as an “Honor Performing Group” for the 2018 CMEA Clinic/Conference!

We had 130 audition submissions this year, so it is truly an elite honor to be chosen for this exciting event.  The competition was quite strong and the quality very deep among the submissions received.  Over the next several months there will be apprehension, excitement and anticipation in preparing for your performance.  Whether it’s your first or tenth time to have a group chosen, I congratulate you and your students for a job well done.  Your work and quest for excellence is respected and honored by all music educators in Colorado!


DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition

The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry.

Competitive groups perform for placement within their own division: Middle School, High School, or Youth Orchestra. The NOF has the opportunity for two Grand Champions, both of whom will play in the NOF Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  There will be a Grand Champion for the Public School Division and one from the Private School/Youth Orchestra Division.



Complete Forms for off-campus activities

 Please note the Power of Attorney and Consent for Emergency Care forms, and a copy of the medical insurance card must be completed and turned in for each student any off-campus overnight trip/event, even those events where parents are in attendance.  The Power of Attorney form requires both parents to sign and is required to be notarized. You may find a notary at your local bank, or you may contact either Tracy Holt in the main office or Linda Vliet in the counseling office and ask if they can notarize for you.  Both parents must be present to sign if not already completed. Please date both forms for the entire school year so you only have to do this once.  Otherwise you have to complete both for all trips/events.  These forms are available on the DSAO website  (Click Here).  Please print, complete, have notarized and drop off in the orchestra forms box in the orchestra room.

For students who have medical conditions or who take medications (including over the counter medications), you need to contact the school nurse for the current school year forms for the trip (Please see forms link on website for these forms).  

DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that the money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser will now go into specific student travel accounts (based on card ownership & use) and will be used towards their Orchestra travel expenses.

Each time you reload your King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card (must be purchased through DSAO for $2.50 – which is the amount already loaded on the card), 5% of each reloading (up to $500) is awarded to DSAO, and we will track it for you and your student.  That is 5 cents on every dollar you spend without costing you anything!  Even a small amount can help when it comes time to pay for trips.  King Soopers sends DSAO a check each time the reloads reach $5,000 or more, and that is when your students travel account will be credited with the amount earned.  There is no cash value attached to the account, it is for DSAO fundraising only.  Funds may follow the student from year to year providing they stay in the Orchestra.  Once the student graduates, or leaves the Orchestra, the funds will be transferred to the DSAO travel scholarship fund, or may be transferred to a sibling within the Orchestra.  Funds are not issued to the departing student or family.

Cards may be used at any Kings Soopers and City Market stores and can be used for many types of purchases including groceries, prescriptions, and gasoline.  They cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets, stamps, money transactions, gift cards and other types of tickets.

Once you’ve purchased your card from DSAO, You simply give the card to your cashier before your purchases are scanned so the reloading is paid as a separate transaction (or you can do this at the Customer Service before making your purchases).  You pay for the reload amount by cash, check or credit card. You can then use the Gift Card to pay for your purchases at any checkout line or fuel center. You can reload again and again.   The more you use it, the more money is earned for your student.  The money on the card never expires: However, if your balance goes to zero and you don’t reload it within 90 days, the card becomes inactive. You would then need to get a new card from DSAO.  If you reload it after it is inactive, your student will not get credit for the reloads.

When DSAO plans a trip, and money is due, we will send you the balance in your students trip account to apply toward the amount due for that trip.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!


2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

Fall Concert

Friday, Oct 6, 7pm
Saturday, Oct 7, 3pm

Fall Chamber Concert

Friday, Nov 17, 7pm

Winter Concert

Saturday, Dec 16, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 17th, 3pm

Spring Concert

Friday, Feb 23, 7pm
Saturday, Feb 24, 3pm

Spring Chamber Concert

Friday, Apr 27, 7pm

Spring Pops Concert

Saturday, May 12, 3pm
Sunday, May 13, 3pm

Week of August 27, 2017

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • New music online!  Print a copy of your part at home to practice.  Contact Terrie Tyree if you do not have access to a printer. We cannot thank our webmaster, Anne Sarsen, enough for undertaking a major overhaul of our website and already uploading a ton of music!  Please note the new download password in the attached file (CLICK HERE).
  • Parents and students, please read and acknowledge the handbook (CLICK HERE) as soon as possible.
  • Placement audition materials below: Preliminary auditions Sept. 5-7
  • High School: All high school students are required to audition for Western States Honor Orchestra.  MP3s and applications are due to Dr. L by September 13.  More information is at http://arts.unco.edu/music/festivals-workshops/honor-orchestra/.  Application instructions are at this link (Click Here).
  • High school full orchestra rehearsal and performance schedule attached.
    • Students are encouraged to start practicing hard and listening to the pieces listed in the attachment, because this is going to be an intense year!
  • Landon Fennell participated in an unforgettable performance with the Piano Guys at Red Rocks. Photos and video link below!
  • Volunteer 2017-2018 position openings below.  Every little bit that you can do helps keep our DSAO program going strong!
  • Make sure that you like and share the DSAO Facebook page, especially when we have upcoming events!

TO-DO Week of August 27, 2017

  • Get acquainted with the new music!

Upcoming Events

  • Tues. Sept. 5-Thurs. Sept. 7: Preliminary Auditions
  • Sat. Sept. 9, 5:30p: (High School) Gala Night!
  •  Sept 13thHigh School Western State Auditions Due to Dr. L (Click Here)
  • Sun. Oct. 8: Friends of Chamber Music Free Family Concert
  • Please click here for the 2017-2018 schedule (the full schedule is also at the bottom of the newsletter).  As events get closer they will be displayed in this section.  Please check this space for any revisions as the year gets closer.
  • Middle and high school preparing for a memorable year of events!
    • October 5: High School Orchestra Concert at UC Anschutz Medical Center 12p
    • Middle School Collaboration with DYAO:

      Oct 24
      Rehearsal
      Concert Hall
      5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Oct 30
      Concert Hall Rehearsal 5p
      Pizza 6p
      Concert 7:00 pm

    • Full Orchestra will attend the CMEA Conference as an Honor Performing Group
      • All three orchestras were chosen, but Dr. L has selected the full orchestra to participate.
      • Jan. 25, 2018: pre-CMEA lunch and concert with CU Boulder Orchestra
    • March 1-11, 2018High School Competes in Orchestra Cup, New York, and then travels to Atlanta for ASTA National Orchestra Festival
    • March 8-11Middle School at ASTA, Atlanta


DSAO 2017-18: New and Returning Students
Sept. 5-7

At the beginning of each year we give a “preliminary placement” audition.  Preparing these materials during the summer will put you in great shape to begin DSAO!

Middle School:

Please be prepared to play three scales in two octaves or more: A major, g minor and chromatic (g). Also prepare a solo of your choice demonstrating lyric and technical abilities. Sight reading will round out the audition.

High School:

Please prepare the material for Western States and All-State Orchestra at: http://arts.unco.edu/music/festivals-workshops/honor-orchestra/
Auditions consists of scales, orchestral excerpts and a solo piece such as a concerto, sonata or other pieces demonstrating lyric and technical abilities. Sight reading will also be included. Please make sure you have listened carefully to the pieces from which the orchestral excerpts are taken from so that you know the tempi and style!

Thanks,
Dr. Lasansky



2017-2018 DSAO Volunteer Positions

Please take a look at the sign-up for 2017-2018  and reply to this email if you have any questions about roles and responsibilities.

2017-2018 Concert Ushers

This is a great way to meet and greet Orchestra concert attendees-many of them orchestra families but also people who are new to DSAO performances. Once signed up (CLICK HERE), you will be on a contact list for our House Manager Julie Padilla to coordinate availability for each concert.

2017-2018 Concessions

Please sign up here!

We have concert dates throughout the year, and these are great opportunities to get in those volunteer hours and help out the orchestra in its fundraising tasks.  We need volunteers to manage the Concessions & Merchandise cash boxes and help sell DSAO merchandise.

There will be an instruction sheet for all concession volunteers, but the job is easy. You will need to arrive approximately 45 minutes prior to the concerts to pick up the cash boxes from the box office (Beki Pineda), organize the concessions table with donated items, and organize the merchandise tables.

No contribution is too small.  Every minute of volunteer time is valuable and appreciated.



HS Violinist Landon Fennell and DYAO musicians perform with the Piano Guys

Landon Fennell got the opportunity to play with the Piano Guys at Red Rocks August 18th.
He played violin during the performance and was treated to full back stage pass.

Video of the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbU_e0-jlOI
From the Denver Young Artists Orchestra Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DenverYoungArtistsOrchestra/photos/a.10152418824048400.1073741839.115982143399/10155493471948400/?type=3&theater

DSAO one of Fifteen Contestants
in the National Orchestra Championships

In the heart of New York City at the elegant Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Orchestra Cup – National Orchestra Championships is held annually to crown the top school orchestra in the nation.

Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.  Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art.  The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup!



Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group

From CMEA President Raleigh “Butch” Eversole:Congratulations to you and the DSA Advanced Full Orchestra from Denver School of the Arts for your selection as an “Honor Performing Group” for the 2018 CMEA Clinic/Conference!

We had 130 audition submissions this year, so it is truly an elite honor to be chosen for this exciting event.  The competition was quite strong and the quality very deep among the submissions received.  Over the next several months there will be apprehension, excitement and anticipation in preparing for your performance.  Whether it’s your first or tenth time to have a group chosen, I congratulate you and your students for a job well done.  Your work and quest for excellence is respected and honored by all music educators in Colorado!


DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition

The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry.

Competitive groups perform for placement within their own division: Middle School, High School, or Youth Orchestra. The NOF has the opportunity for two Grand Champions, both of whom will play in the NOF Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  There will be a Grand Champion for the Public School Division and one from the Private School/Youth Orchestra Division.


DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that the money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser will now go into specific student travel accounts (based on card ownership & use) and will be used towards their Orchestra travel expenses.

Each time you reload your King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card (must be purchased through DSAO for $2.50 – which is the amount already loaded on the card), 5% of each reloading (up to $500) is awarded to DSAO, and we will track it for you and your student.  That is 5 cents on every dollar you spend without costing you anything!  Even a small amount can help when it comes time to pay for trips.  King Soopers sends DSAO a check each time the reloads reach $5,000 or more, and that is when your students travel account will be credited with the amount earned.  There is no cash value attached to the account, it is for DSAO fundraising only.  Funds may follow the student from year to year providing they stay in the Orchestra.  Once the student graduates, or leaves the Orchestra, the funds will be transferred to the DSAO travel scholarship fund, or may be transferred to a sibling within the Orchestra.  Funds are not issued to the departing student or family.

Cards may be used at any Kings Soopers and City Market stores and can be used for many types of purchases including groceries, prescriptions, and gasoline.  They cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets, stamps, money transactions, gift cards and other types of tickets.

Once you’ve purchased your card from DSAO, You simply give the card to your cashier before your purchases are scanned so the reloading is paid as a separate transaction (or you can do this at the Customer Service before making your purchases).  You pay for the reload amount by cash, check or credit card. You can then use the Gift Card to pay for your purchases at any checkout line or fuel center. You can reload again and again.   The more you use it, the more money is earned for your student.  The money on the card never expires: However, if your balance goes to zero and you don’t reload it within 90 days, the card becomes inactive. You would then need to get a new card from DSAO.  If you reload it after it is inactive, your student will not get credit for the reloads.

When DSAO plans a trip, and money is due, we will send you the balance in your students trip account to apply toward the amount due for that trip.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!


2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

Fall Concert

Friday, Oct 6, 7pm
Saturday, Oct 7, 3pm

Fall Chamber Concert

Friday, Nov 17, 7pm

Winter Concert

Saturday, Dec 16, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 17th, 3pm

Spring Concert

Friday, Feb 23, 7pm
Saturday, Feb 24, 3pm

Spring Chamber Concert

Friday, Apr 27, 7pm

Spring Pops Concert

Saturday, May 12, 3pm
Sunday, May 13, 3pm

BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK of August 20, 2017

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • August 20 picnic tomorrow, 4-8p: We still need clean-up volunteers. Sign up here to contribute!
  •  Back to school night Thurs. Aug 24, 6-8:15p
  • Students should bring instruments beginning Thurs. Aug 24
  • Wombat Day sign-ups below!  The cost this year will be $25 to cover park admission and activities.
  • Volunteer 2017-2018 position openings below.  Every little bit that you can do helps keep our DSAO program going strong!
  • Make sure that you like and share the DSAO Facebook page, especially when we have upcoming events!
  • Placement audition materials below: Preliminary auditions Sept. 5-7

TO-DO Week of August 20, 2017

  • Sun, Aug. 20, 4-8p, Fred Thomas Park: Welcome back picnic
  • Thurs. Aug. 24, 6-8:15p: Back-to-school night
  • Sat. Aug. 26, 9a-10p: Wombat Day-For all middle and high school students! – Sign-ups below!

Upcoming Events

  • Tues. Sept. 5-Thurs. Sept. 7: Preliminary Auditions
  • Sat. Sept. 9, 5:30p: (High School) Gala Night!
  •  Early Sept: High School Western State Auditions Due (Click Here)
  • Sun. Oct. 8: Friends of Chamber Music Free Family Concert
  • Please click here for the 2017-2018 schedule (the full schedule is also at the bottom of the newsletter).  As events get closer they will be displayed in this section.  Please check this space for any revisions as the year gets closer.
  • Middle and high school preparing for a memorable year of events!
    • Since this will be a year of travelling, be on the lookout for information and meeting dates as we get closer to the school year
    • Full Orchestra will attend the CMEA Conference as an Honor Performing Group
      • All three orchestras were chosen, but Dr. L has selected the full orchestra to participate.
      • Jan. 25, 2018: pre-CMEA lunch and concert with CU Boulder Orchestra
    • March 1-11, 2018: High School Competes in Orchestra Cup, New York, and then travels to Atlanta for ASTA National Orchestra Festival
    • March 8-11: Middle School at ASTA, Atlanta



Back to School Picnic! August 20th

Hello Orchestra Family!  We hope that you’ve had a wonderful summer!  It’s time for our back to school picnic.  We are having our picnic this year at Fred Thomas Park.  We will be at the large pavilion on the north side of the park.

We are also going to be having a make your own sundae bar!  Coolers with dry ice will be available to keep the ice cream frozen.

For the ice cream and additional picnic items, please sign up at this linkhttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ba9a92aa5f94-back1

Terrie Tyree will have King Soopers cards available at the picnic for $2.50 each.  Please either have correct cash amount or write a check to DSAO for the amount.  Waiver forms will also be available at the picnic for the paddle boards and kayak activities at Wombat.  Every student who wants to participate in those activities must have a waiver signed to participate (they will also be available at school).

We hope to see you there!

Date: 08/20/2017 (Sun.)
Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm MDT
Location: Fred Thomas Park – 2400 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80207



Back-to-School Night

Dear Orchestra Students and Parents;

Welcome to what is going to be a fantastic year for DSAO! I hope you are all refreshed and looking forward to beautiful music making. I certainly am!

Students will be receiving lots of information in classes soon. Parents: I want to take this opportunity to invite and encourage all of you to come see me (and other teachers) during Back to School night. This is one of the few opportunities I have to communicate with you as a group in order to explain certain things about the program.  It’s also a chance for you to ask questions you might have.  I would be very grateful if you could make an effort to attend!

Thanks,
Dr. Lasansky

DSA Back-to-School Night

Please put August 24th on your calendar for DSA’s Back to School Night.

The night begins with a special teaser of “In The Heights” at 5:40p!

Attached here is a copy of the schedule.

Back to School Night Bell Schedule

DSAO 2017-18: New and Returning Students
Sept. 5-7

At the beginning of each year we give a “preliminary placement” audition.  Preparing these materials during the summer will put you in great shape to begin DSAO!

Middle School:

Please be prepared to play three scales in two octaves or more: A major, g minor and chromatic (g). Also prepare a solo of your choice demonstrating lyric and technical abilities. Sight reading will round out the audition.

High School:

Please prepare the material for Western States and All-State Orchestra at: http://arts.unco.edu/music/festivals-workshops/honor-orchestra/
Auditions consists of scales, orchestral excerpts and a solo piece such as a concerto, sonata or other pieces demonstrating lyric and technical abilities. Sight reading will also be included. Please make sure you have listened carefully to the pieces from which the orchestral excerpts are taken from so that you know the tempi and style!

Thanks,
Dr. Lasansky


Wombat Day, August 26

We hope each of you can make it to our annual DSA Orchestra Student Retreat! Attendance at this student-led one-day event getaway is strongly recommended by Dr. Lasansky as it is an opportunity for students to build relationships with one another.

Date: 08/26/2017 (Sat.)
Time: 9:00am – 10:00pm MDT
Location: Chatfield Reservoir, Roxborough Entrance

Sign-ups below:

Carpool and Chaperones

Equipment Donations

Food Donations



2017-2018 DSAO Volunteer Positions

Please take a look at the sign-up for 2017-2018  and reply to this email if you have any questions about roles and responsibilities.

2017-2018 Concert Ushers

This is a great way to meet and greet Orchestra concert attendees-many of them orchestra families but also people who are new to DSAO performances. Once signed up (CLICK HERE), you will be on a contact list for our House Manager Julie Padilla to coordinate availability for each concert.

2017-2018 Concessions

Please sign up here!

We have concert dates throughout the year, and these are great opportunities to get in those volunteer hours and help out the orchestra in its fundraising tasks.  We need volunteers to manage the Concessions & Merchandise cash boxes and help sell DSAO merchandise.

There will be an instruction sheet for all concession volunteers, but the job is easy. You will need to arrive approximately 45 minutes prior to the concerts to pick up the cash boxes from the box office (Beki Pineda), organize the concessions table with donated items, and organize the merchandise tables.

No contribution is too small.  Every minute of volunteer time is valuable and appreciated.


DSAO one of Fifteen Contestants
in the National Orchestra Championships

In the heart of New York City at the elegant Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Orchestra Cup – National Orchestra Championships is held annually to crown the top school orchestra in the nation.

Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.  Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art.  The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup!



Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group

From CMEA President Raleigh “Butch” Eversole:Congratulations to you and the DSA Advanced Full Orchestra from Denver School of the Arts for your selection as an “Honor Performing Group” for the 2018 CMEA Clinic/Conference!

We had 130 audition submissions this year, so it is truly an elite honor to be chosen for this exciting event.  The competition was quite strong and the quality very deep among the submissions received.  Over the next several months there will be apprehension, excitement and anticipation in preparing for your performance.  Whether it’s your first or tenth time to have a group chosen, I congratulate you and your students for a job well done.  Your work and quest for excellence is respected and honored by all music educators in Colorado!


DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition

The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry.

Competitive groups perform for placement within their own division: Middle School, High School, or Youth Orchestra. The NOF has the opportunity for two Grand Champions, both of whom will play in the NOF Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  There will be a Grand Champion for the Public School Division and one from the Private School/Youth Orchestra Division.


DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that the money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser will now go into specific student travel accounts (based on card ownership & use) and will be used towards their Orchestra travel expenses.

Each time you reload your King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card (must be purchased through DSAO for $2.50 – which is the amount already loaded on the card), 5% of each reloading (up to $500) is awarded to DSAO, and we will track it for you and your student.  That is 5 cents on every dollar you spend without costing you anything!  Even a small amount can help when it comes time to pay for trips.  King Soopers sends DSAO a check each time the reloads reach $5,000 or more, and that is when your students travel account will be credited with the amount earned.  There is no cash value attached to the account, it is for DSAO fundraising only.  Funds may follow the student from year to year providing they stay in the Orchestra.  Once the student graduates, or leaves the Orchestra, the funds will be transferred to the DSAO travel scholarship fund, or may be transferred to a sibling within the Orchestra.  Funds are not issued to the departing student or family.

Cards may be used at any Kings Soopers and City Market stores and can be used for many types of purchases including groceries, prescriptions, and gasoline.  They cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets, stamps, money transactions, gift cards and other types of tickets.

Once you’ve purchased your card from DSAO, You simply give the card to your cashier before your purchases are scanned so the reloading is paid as a separate transaction (or you can do this at the Customer Service before making your purchases).  You pay for the reload amount by cash, check or credit card. You can then use the Gift Card to pay for your purchases at any checkout line or fuel center. You can reload again and again.   The more you use it, the more money is earned for your student.  The money on the card never expires: However, if your balance goes to zero and you don’t reload it within 90 days, the card becomes inactive. You would then need to get a new card from DSAO.  If you reload it after it is inactive, your student will not get credit for the reloads.

When DSAO plans a trip, and money is due, we will send you the balance in your students trip account to apply toward the amount due for that trip.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!


Are you looking for a new violin teacher?
CSO Violinist Allegra Wermuth expanding studio

Allegra Wermuth, an incredibly talented and motivating private violin teacher, is expanding her studio and will be accepting new violin students.  Allegra is the Assistant Principal Second Violin for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  She currently teaches three DSA orchestra students, Anna Clair Schultz, Mary Fox, and Michael Han, all of whom adore her and have made enormous musical strides under her tutelage.  She teaches out of her studio in Golden.  If interested, please contact Allegra at allegrawermuthviolin@gmail.com or (303) 917-5285.


2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

Fall Concert

Friday, Oct 6, 7pm
Saturday, Oct 7, 3pm

Fall Chamber Concert

Friday, Nov 17, 7pm

Winter Concert

Saturday, Dec 16, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 17th, 3pm

Spring Concert

Friday, Feb 23, 7pm
Saturday, Feb 24, 3pm

Spring Chamber Concert

Friday, Apr 27, 7pm

Spring Pops Concert

Saturday, May 12, 3pm
Sunday, May 13, 3pm

Summer News Update: July 30, 2017

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Volunteers needed at Registration!  August 8-10
  • Wombat Day sign-ups below!
  • August 20 potluck: more information forthcoming!
  • 2017-2018 DSAO Performance Schedule
  • Middle and high school preparing for a memorable year of events!
    • Since this will be a year of travelling, be on the lookout for information and meeting dates as we get closer to the school year
    • Full Orchestra will attend the CMEA Conference as an Honor Performing Group
      • All three orchestras were chosen, but Dr. L has selected the full orchestra to participate.
      • Jan. 25, 2018: pre-CMEA lunch and concert with CU Boulder Orchestra
    • March 1-11, 2018High School Competes in Orchestra Cup, New York, and then travels to Atlanta for ASTA National Orchestra Festival
    • March 8-11Middle School at ASTA, Atlanta
  • For summer preparations: placement audition materials below

Save the Date!

  • Aug. 8-10Registration Volunteers Needed.
  • Sun, August 20: Welcome back potluck
  • Sat. Aug. 26: Wombat Day-For all middle and high school students! – Sign-ups below!
  • Sat. Sept. 9, 5:30p: (High School) Gala Night!
  •  Early Sept: High School Western State Auditions Due (Click Here)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun. Oct. 8: Friends of Chamber Music Free Family Concert
  • Please click here for the 2017-2018 schedule (the full schedule is also at the bottom of the newsletter).  As events get closer they will be displayed in this section.  Please check this space for any revisions as the year gets closer.



Registration Days August 8-10

During Registration August 8-10DSAO will staff a table to assist families with general questions, collect student fees, and sign-up with the Orchestra Family Association to volunteer with various activities during the year. We need help during Registration, so please see the sign-up sheet (Click Here) to find times you are able to assist (students and parents are welcome to apply!). Thank you for helping to ensure a smooth registration period!


Wombat Day, August 26

We hope each of you can make it to our annual DSA Orchestra Student Retreat! Attendance at this student-led one-day event getaway is strongly recommended by Dr. Lasansky as it is an opportunity for students to build relationships with one another.

Sign-ups below:

Carpool and Chaperones

Equipment Donations

Food Donations


Congratulations Maria Ciobanu Performing as Annie at DCPA!

Through August 6th

Click below for Tickets

http://kdvr.com/2017/07/07/annie-at-the-phamaly-theatre-company/

http://theknow.denverpost.com/2017/07/25/annie-phamaly-theatre-denver/152344/http://www.phamaly.org/annie

“A country feeling uncertain…
An orphan searching for connection and family…
A wealthy businessman who has lost touch…
And an opportunity to find hope and love in unexpected places.

“Phamaly’s 2017 musical tells the story of the energetic and optimistic Annie, an orphan living in Depression-era America. Based on Little Orphan Annie, Harold Gray’s popular 1920s comic strip, Annie is the epitome of resilience amidst struggle.”

Run Time:  Estimated 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission
Age Recommendation:  ANNIE is an all-ages show.

Ticket Price:  $28-37
Groups of 10+:  $27

Please call Martha Perantoni at 303-365-0005, ext 3

Special Pricing:

Sensory Friendly on Thurs Aug 3 – $20

PURCHASE tickets by calling the DCPA box office at 303.893.4100 or click here.

DSAO one of Fifteen Contestants
in the National Orchestra Championships

In the heart of New York City at the elegant Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Orchestra Cup – National Orchestra Championships is held annually to crown the top school orchestra in the nation.

Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.  Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art.  The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup!



Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group

From CMEA President Raleigh “Butch” Eversole:Congratulations to you and the DSA Advanced Full Orchestra from Denver School of the Arts for your selection as an “Honor Performing Group” for the 2018 CMEA Clinic/Conference!

We had 130 audition submissions this year, so it is truly an elite honor to be chosen for this exciting event.  The competition was quite strong and the quality very deep among the submissions received.  Over the next several months there will be apprehension, excitement and anticipation in preparing for your performance.  Whether it’s your first or tenth time to have a group chosen, I congratulate you and your students for a job well done.  Your work and quest for excellence is respected and honored by all music educators in Colorado!


DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition

The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry.

Competitive groups perform for placement within their own division: Middle School, High School, or Youth Orchestra. The NOF has the opportunity for two Grand Champions, both of whom will play in the NOF Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  There will be a Grand Champion for the Public School Division and one from the Private School/Youth Orchestra Division.


DSAO 2017-18: New and Returning Students

At the beginning of each year we give a “preliminary placement” audition.  Preparing these materials during the summer will put you in great shape to begin DSAO!

Middle School:

For new and existing middle school students, prepare a solo piece of your choice along with one major scale and one melodic minor scale (two octaves with 0-3 sharps or flats) plus a two-octave g chromatic scale. Three octave scales are optional. You will also be asked to sight read.

High School:

The audition consists of the same materials used for Western States Honor Orchestra and Colorado All-State Orchestra.  You can find those materials here: http://www.coloradoallstateorchestra.org/audition-eligibility-and-materials (make sure you listen to recordings of the pieces so you have a good sense of how your part fits into the piece!)  In addition, please prepare  a movement (at least the exposition) of a major solo piece. Sight reading will also be required.

Thanks,
Dr. Lasansky


DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that the money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser will now go into specific student travel accounts (based on card ownership & use) and will be used towards their Orchestra travel expenses.

Each time you reload your King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card (must be purchased through DSAO for $2.50 – which is the amount already loaded on the card), 5% of each reloading (up to $500) is awarded to DSAO, and we will track it for you and your student.  That is 5 cents on every dollar you spend without costing you anything!  Even a small amount can help when it comes time to pay for trips.  King Soopers sends DSAO a check each time the reloads reach $5,000 or more, and that is when your students travel account will be credited with the amount earned.  There is no cash value attached to the account, it is for DSAO fundraising only.  Funds may follow the student from year to year providing they stay in the Orchestra.  Once the student graduates, or leaves the Orchestra, the funds will be transferred to the DSAO travel scholarship fund, or may be transferred to a sibling within the Orchestra.  Funds are not issued to the departing student or family.

Cards may be used at any Kings Soopers and City Market stores and can be used for many types of purchases including groceries, prescriptions, and gasoline.  They cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets, stamps, money transactions, gift cards and other types of tickets.

Once you’ve purchased your card from DSAO, You simply give the card to your cashier before your purchases are scanned so the reloading is paid as a separate transaction (or you can do this at the Customer Service before making your purchases).  You pay for the reload amount by cash, check or credit card. You can then use the Gift Card to pay for your purchases at any checkout line or fuel center. You can reload again and again.   The more you use it, the more money is earned for your student.  The money on the card never expires: However, if your balance goes to zero and you don’t reload it within 90 days, the card becomes inactive. You would then need to get a new card from DSAO.  If you reload it after it is inactive, your student will not get credit for the reloads.

When DSAO plans a trip, and money is due, we will send you the balance in your students trip account to apply toward the amount due for that trip.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!


Are you looking for a new violin teacher?
CSO Violinist Allegra Wermuth expanding studio

Allegra Wermuth, an incredibly talented and motivating private violin teacher, is expanding her studio and will be accepting new violin students.  Allegra is the Assistant Principal Second Violin for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  She currently teaches three DSA orchestra students, Anna Clair Schultz, Mary Fox, and Michael Han, all of whom adore her and have made enormous musical strides under her tutelage.  She teaches out of her studio in Golden.  If interested, please contact Allegra at allegrawermuthviolin@gmail.com or (303) 917-5285.


2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

Fall Concert

Friday, Oct 6, 7pm
Saturday, Oct 7, 3pm

Fall Chamber Concert

Friday, Nov 17, 7pm

Winter Concert

Saturday, Dec 16, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 17th, 3pm

Spring Concert

Friday, Feb 23, 7pm
Saturday, Feb 24, 3pm

Spring Chamber Concert

Friday, Apr 27, 7pm

Spring Pops Concert

Saturday, May 12, 3pm
Sunday, May 13, 3pm

Summer News Update – June 18, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS – CMEA SELECTION

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • 2017-2018 DSAO Performance Schedule
  • Middle and high school preparing for a memorable year of events!
    • Since this will be a year of travelling, be on the lookout for information and meeting dates as we get closer to the school year
    • Full Orchestra will attend the CMEA Conference as an Honor Performing Group
      • All three orchestras were chosen, but Dr. L has selected the full orchestra to participate.
      • Jan. 25, 2018: pre-CMEA lunch and concert with CU Boulder Orchestra
    • March 1-11, 2018: High School Competes in Orchestra Cup, New York, and then travels to Atlanta for ASTA National Orchestra Festival
    • March 8-11: Middle School at ASTA, Atlanta
  • Save these dates!  More information forthcoming
    • Sun. August 20: Welcome back potluck
    • Sat. August 26: Wombat Day
    • Sun. October 8: Friends of Chamber Music Free Family Concert
  • For summer preparations: placement audition materials below


DSAO one of Fifteen Contestants
in the National Orchestra Championships

In the heart of New York City at the elegant Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Orchestra Cup – National Orchestra Championships is held annually to crown the top school orchestra in the nation.

Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.  Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art.  The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup!



Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group

From CMEA President Raleigh “Butch” Eversole:Congratulations to you and the DSA Advanced Full Orchestra from Denver School of the Arts for your selection as an “Honor Performing Group” for the 2018 CMEA Clinic/Conference!

We had 130 audition submissions this year, so it is truly an elite honor to be chosen for this exciting event.  The competition was quite strong and the quality very deep among the submissions received.  Over the next several months there will be apprehension, excitement and anticipation in preparing for your performance.  Whether it’s your first or tenth time to have a group chosen, I congratulate you and your students for a job well done.  Your work and quest for excellence is respected and honored by all music educators in Colorado!


DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition

The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry.

Competitive groups perform for placement within their own division: Middle School, High School, or Youth Orchestra. The NOF has the opportunity for two Grand Champions, both of whom will play in the NOF Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  There will be a Grand Champion for the Public School Division and one from the Private School/Youth Orchestra Division.


DSAO 2017-18: New and Returning Students

At the beginning of each year we give a “preliminary placement” audition.  Preparing these materials during the summer will put you in great shape to begin DSAO!

Middle School:

For new and existing middle school students, prepare a solo piece of your choice along with one major scale and one melodic minor scale (two octaves with 0-3 sharps or flats) plus a two-octave g chromatic scale. Three octave scales are optional. You will also be asked to sight read.

High School:

The audition consists of the same materials used for Western States Honor Orchestra and Colorado All-State Orchestra.  You can find those materials here: http://www.coloradoallstateorchestra.org/audition-eligibility-and-materials (make sure you listen to recordings of the pieces so you have a good sense of how your part fits into the piece!)  In addition, please prepare  a movement (at least the exposition) of a major solo piece. Sight reading will also be required.

Thanks,
Dr. Lasansky


DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that, starting May 15, 2017, the money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser will now go into specific student travel accounts (based on card ownership & use) and will be used towards their Orchestra travel expenses.

Each time you reload your King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card (must be purchased through DSAO for $2.50 – which is the amount already loaded on the card), 5% of each reloading (up to $500) is awarded to DSAO, and we will track it for you and your student.  That is 5 cents on every dollar you spend without costing you anything!  Even a small amount can help when it comes time to pay for trips.  King Soopers send DSAO a check each time the reloads reach $5,000 or more, and that is when your students travel account will be credited with the amount earned.  There is no cash value attached to the account, it is for DSAO fundraising only.  Funds may follow the student from year to year providing they stay in the Orchestra.  Once the student graduates, or leaves the Orchestra, the funds will be transferred to the DSAO travel scholarship fund, or may be transferred to a sibling within the Orchestra.  Funds are not issued to the departing student or family.

Cards may be used at any Kings Soopers and City Market stores and can be used for many types of purchases including groceries, prescriptions, and gasoline.  They cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets, stamps, money transactions, gift cards and other types of tickets.

Once you’ve purchased your card from DSAO, You simply give the card to your cashier before your purchases are scanned so the reloading is paid as a separate transaction (or you can do this at the Customer Service before making your purchases).  You pay for the reload amount by cash, check or credit card. You can then use the Gift Card to pay for your purchases at any checkout line or fuel center. You can reload again and again.   The more you use it, the more money is earned for your student.  The money on the card never expires: However, if your balance goes to zero and you don’t reload it within 90 days, the card becomes inactive. You would then need to get a new card from DSAO.  If you reload it after it is inactive, your student will not get credit for the reloads.

When DSAO plans a trip, and money is due, we will send you the balance in your students trip account to apply toward the amount due for that trip.

King Soopers cards will be available prior to each concert in May.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!


Are you looking for a new violin teacher?
CSO Violinist Allegra Wermuth expanding studio

Allegra Wermuth, an incredibly talented and motivating private violin teacher, is expanding her studio and will be accepting new violin students.  Allegra is the Assistant Principal Second Violin for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  She currently teaches three DSA orchestra students, Anna Clair Schultz, Mary Fox, and Michael Han, all of whom adore her and have made enormous musical strides under her tutelage.  She teaches out of her studio in Golden.  If interested, please contact Allegra at allegrawermuthviolin@gmail.com or (303) 917-5285.


2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

Fall Concert

Friday, Oct 6, 7pm
Saturday, Oct 7, 3pm

Fall Chamber Concert

Friday, Nov 17, 7pm

Winter Concert

Saturday, Dec 16, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 17th, 3pm

Spring Concert

Friday, Feb 23, 7pm
Saturday, Feb 24, 3pm

Spring Chamber Concert

Friday, Apr 27, 7pm

Spring Pops Concert

Saturday, May 12, 3pm
Sunday, May 13, 3pm

Week of May 21, 2017

End-of-Year Celebration Tomorrow!

May 22, 6:30p

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Mon, May 22, 6:30p DSA Commons: End of year celebration!  Save the date!
    • Please send payment ASAP
    • Attendance is expected for all DSA students
    • A few more drink and cleanup signups are needed (CLICK HERE)
    • This Monday’s Banquet is the last chance of the year to pick up King Soopers Cards for Travel
  • Juries begin Monday
  • For summer preparations: placement audition materials below
  • Call for Photos: Please send your good photos of this years’ events to Dr. Lasansky in preparation for our May 22nd end-of-year banquet and for other pages (e.g. Facebook).
  • Fill the Gap Phase One a resounding success!!!
  • The Orchestra Closet is still open for those outfits your child has outgrown, and if you need concert attire.
  •  Lesson Opportunities Available with CSO Violinist Allegra Wermuth

To Do Week of May 21


CLICK HERE to RSVP ASAP

DSAO End of Year Banquet!!

 
It’s time for our End of Year Banquet Celebration!  We hope that you will be able to attend as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments and events of this past school year.  This is also the time that we give special recognition to our graduating seniors and a warm send-off as they approach the next chapter in their lives! 
This year the event will be held in the DSA Commons and will be catered.  There is a $10 per person fee for this event.  Checks may be made payable to DSAO and turned into the forms box or given to Mrs. Tyree.  You may also give the checks to Tracy Holt in the main office to hold for Mrs. Tyree.

Please take a moment and RSVP with how many in your group that will be attending.  

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Date: 05/22/2017 (Mon.)

Time: 6:30pm MDT

Location: DSA Commons


Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors!


It is with heavy but pride-filled hearts that we send our graduating seniors out into the world. We will miss them and their leadership terribly, but know that the world will be made better by their future contributions. We wish them all happiness and fulfillment in their post-DSA lives. Congratulations to each and every one of you!!!
 
Emma Cohen – CU Boulder
Rachel England – Aurora Community College 
Corley Friesen-Johnson – Oberlin College
Simone Hammet-Lynch – Oberlin College
Grace Holleman – Barnard College
Artur Korotin – Lamont School of Music at DU
Dong Lee – Gap Year
Arianna Montoya-Garcia – CSU
Greer Ramsey-White – University of Indiana at Bloomington
Gabe Rupe – Brubeck Institute, University of the Pacific


DSAO 2017-18: New and Returning Students

At the beginning of each year we give a “preliminary placement” audition.  Preparing these materials during the summer will put you in great shape to begin DSAO!

Middle School:

For new and existing middle school students, prepare a solo piece of your choice along with one major scale and one melodic minor scale (two octaves with 0-3 sharps or flats) plus a two-octave g chromatic scale. Three octave scales are optional. You will also be asked to sight read.

High School:

The audition consists of the same materials used for Western States Honor Orchestra and Colorado All-State Orchestra.  You can find those materials here: http://www.coloradoallstateorchestra.org/audition-eligibility-and-materials (make sure you listen to recordings of the pieces so you have a good sense of how your part fits into the piece!)  In addition, please prepare  a movement (at least the exposition) of a major solo piece. Sight reading will also be required.

Thanks,
Dr. Lasansky


DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Terrie Tyree will be selling King Soopers cards at the Banquet on Monday evening and this is the last chance to get the cards before the end of the year.

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that, starting May 15, 2017, the money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser will now go into specific student travel accounts (based on card ownership & use) and will be used towards their Orchestra travel expenses.

Each time you reload your King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card (must be purchased through DSAO for $2.50 – which is the amount already loaded on the card), 5% of each reloading (up to $500) is awarded to DSAO, and we will track it for you and your student.  That is 5 cents on every dollar you spend without costing you anything!  Even a small amount can help when it comes time to pay for trips.  King Soopers send DSAO a check each time the reloads reach $5,000 or more, and that is when your students travel account will be credited with the amount earned.  There is no cash value attached to the account, it is for DSAO fundraising only.  Funds may follow the student from year to year providing they stay in the Orchestra.  Once the student graduates, or leaves the Orchestra, the funds will be transferred to the DSAO travel scholarship fund, or may be transferred to a sibling within the Orchestra.  Funds are not issued to the departing student or family.

Cards may be used at any Kings Soopers and City Market stores and can be used for many types of purchases including groceries, prescriptions, and gasoline.  They cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets, stamps, money transactions, gift cards and other types of tickets.

Once you’ve purchased your card from DSAO, You simply give the card to your cashier before your purchases are scanned so the reloading is paid as a separate transaction (or you can do this at the Customer Service before making your purchases).  You pay for the reload amount by cash, check or credit card. You can then use the Gift Card to pay for your purchases at any checkout line or fuel center. You can reload again and again.   The more you use it, the more money is earned for your student.  The money on the card never expires: However, if your balance goes to zero and you don’t reload it within 90 days, the card becomes inactive. You would then need to get a new card from DSAO.  If you reload it after it is inactive, your student will not get credit for the reloads.

When DSAO plans a trip, and money is due, we will send you the balance in your students trip account to apply toward the amount due for that trip.

King Soopers cards will be available prior to each concert in May.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!



Final Update

As of midnight Friday night….
$511,112 was raised
for the
Fill the Gap Campaign!

Thank you to the
561 donors who helped us to exceed
our goal of $500,000!

Your support of DSA is deeply appreciated.


Orchestra Closet Still Open – Accepting Donations!

We are still accepting donations of concert attire for the DSAO orchestra closet.

Now that concert season is over has your musician managed to out grow all of that fabulous concert attire that you just purchased at the start of the school year?

Don’t let those items collect dust in the back of their closet his summer.

Donate them to the DSAO orchestra closet.

We will have collection boxes in the orchestra room through the end of the school year.

So please send those suits, tuxedos, bow ties, cummerbunds, dresses, tops, skirts, pants, shoes (anything really) in by the end of the school year.

We will take care of them this summer and have them ready to go to their new home at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

(For those who don’t know – We started an orchestra concert closet this year where we could store outgrown but still very wearable concert attire donated by orchestra families.  This clothing and formal attire is available to any orchestra family prior to each concert for outfitting their growing musician.)

Questions contact Chris Engel (cengel_md@yahoo.com)


Are you looking for a new violin teacher?
CSO Violinist Allegra Wermuth expanding studio

Allegra Wermuth, an incredibly talented and motivating private violin teacher, is expanding her studio and will be accepting new violin students.  Allegra is the Assistant Principal Second Violin for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  She currently teaches three DSA orchestra students, Anna Clair Schultz, Mary Fox, and Michael Han, all of whom adore her and have made enormous musical strides under her tutelage.  She teaches out of her studio in Golden.  If interested, please contact Allegra at allegrawermuthviolin@gmail.com or (303) 917-5285.


Summer Camp

July 10-14, 2017

Please see website (CLICK HERE) for further information.

This year the camp will take place at Park Hill Methodist Church.  The regular session begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon.  Children who wish to stay for the Rock ‘n Roll orchestra will finish the day at 1:30 p.m.

Camp Structure

Each day of camp is divided into ensemble playing with coaching, orchestra, and a fun theory class. All camp events take place at Park Hill United Methodist Church at 5209 Montview Blvd.

Coaching

In the coaching session, participants will rehearse their small group music pieces in their small groups, led by a member of the camp staff. Playing in small groups is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the camp, as it forces the players to depend on each other.

 

Orchestra

Javan Carson conducts the orchestra. All students play in the orchestra together. Students will improve upon their orchestra skills in the chamber orchestra format.

Theory

Theory class is geared toward fun. Too often, theory has come to mean passive learning. Theory at the Denver Chamber Music Camp means participation, games, and more.

Rock-n-Roll Orchestra

Rock Orchestra is also led by Javan Carson. Rock orchestra incorporates classical technique with rock music. It also teaches the participants how to be more versatile musicians. Denver Chamber Music Camp participants are not required to participate in the rock orchestra.