Week of November 12, 2017

Chamber Concert Week!

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.
  • Fall Chamber Concert this Friday
    • All DSAO students required to attend and support fellow performers
    • Please see below for concessions contributions by year
    • We need one more concessions volunteer Please sign up here!
  • Thank you to all Visitation Day volunteers. We have two more visitation days this week!
  • Winter Auction coming up!!!
  • Travel Notes: November 1 payment and previous payments due.  Please see links to travel schedules below
  • Make sure that you like and share the DSAO Facebook page, especially when we have upcoming events!
  • We still have room for concert program advertisements ($200-$600 depending on size). Please have interested parties email Mark Herlinger.  He can also assist with ad design if needed.

To-Do Week of November 12, 2017

  • Mon, Nov 13: Visitation Day
  • Thurs, Nov 16: Visitation Day
  • Fri. Nov 17, 7p, Concert Hall: Fall Chamber Concert
    • All DSAO students are required to attend
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets
    • 6:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
    • Our concession closet needs restocking.  Please see below for concession information.
    • We still need one more volunteer for concessions Please sign up here!

Upcoming Events

  • Sat, Dec 16, 7 pm, Concert Hall: Winter Concert
  • Sun, Dec 17, 3 pm, Concert Hall: Winter Concert

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 26, 11a: Full orchestra performance at CMEA at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs; students will leave on a charter bus from DSA approx. 8a.
  • DPS Citywide Orchestra Festival (mandatory for middle school)
    • 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



Chamber Concert
November 17, 7p

All DSAO students are required to attend and support our fellow classmates, as indicated in the DSAO handbook.  This will affect your grade, and so please make sure that you check in with Beki at the box office.

We also need to restock our concessions, and so please bring concessions as indicated by the class levels below.  Thank you so much for your contributions!

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.


DSA Orchestra’s Winter Silent Auction and Dinner

Saturday, December 16

5:30 Dinner and Silent auction before concert.

NO need to cook! Come and enjoy a dinner before the concert. Details to come.

With October slipping away, it is time to gear up for our Orchestra Silent Auction and Dinner!  We are excited about this fun event that raises funds for our department with auctioned baskets.  This year’s event will include dinner before the start of our December 16th concert.

We are asking each family to donate items by December 9th.  CLICK HERE for information flyer.

Thank you for your support for our amazing students!!

Do you have a special talent? Do you have memorabilia collecting dust?  Do you own a condo that you could share for a weekend, give lessons, make art or tutor? Consider donating your items, time and talent for our Winter Silent Auction.  OR ask the concert hall, restaurant or coffee shop you frequent to donate a little something for our kids  (USE TAX FORM for businesses). Items collected will be put into a variety of baskets for the auction. Money will go directly to our Orchestra’s education and travel fund.

NEW THIS YEAR: Student auction table for individual travel account.  Students can bake cookies, babysit, make jewelry or donate a lesson (etc) to go toward their own travel. (Turn in DONATION FORM by December 9 -even if you are bringing items (like cookies) that night.

*We are asking that each family donate to our Orchestra Silent Auction (does not need to be a complete basket).

You can choose to bring items that fit the theme list below or bring something entirely different.  Deliver (along with DONATION FORM to Dr. L’s office) by DECEMBER 9.

BASKET THEMES (Need to get the creative juices flowing?  Here are some themes)

Food/Restaurant – Fast food, slow food, cooking, gift certificates

Movie night/shopping

Fun in the Sun or Night under the Stars

Spa, pamper

Home and Garden

Creativity Unleashed (art, lessons, handmade ornaments, knitting, jewelry)

Music to My Ears

Holiday Cheer

Family Day – Passes, museum tickets, zoo, board games

*We are also looking for any baskets or bags that you no longer need!

QUESTIONS: Contact Carolfennellart@gmail.com for info.


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!



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 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).  

2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

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 5 November, 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.
  • Middle School: Citywide Auditions tomorrow!  CLICK HERE for excerpts
  • Playing test, Nov. 9: Middle and High School, please see below for details
  • Thank you to all Visitation Day volunteers. We have two more visitation days this week!
  • Winter Auction coming up!!!
  • Travel Notes: November 1 payment and previous payments 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.
  • 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!
  • We still have room for concert program advertisements ($200-$600 depending on size). Please have interested parties email Mark Herlinger.  He can also assist with ad design if needed.

To-Do Week of November 5, 2017

  • November 6: Middle School Citywide Auditions
  • November 6: Visitation Day
  • November 9: Visitation Day
  • Thurs., Nov. 9Playing tests
  • Sat. Nov. 11, 7:30p, Concert Hall: Colorado Chamber Players Concert

Upcoming Events

  • November 13 and November 16: Visitation Days
  • Fri. Nov 17, 7p, Concert Hall: Fall Chamber Concert

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 26, 11a: Full orchestra performance at CMEA at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs; students will leave on a charter bus from DSA approx. 8a.
  • DPS Citywide Orchestra Festival (mandatory for middle school)
    • 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


Homework

Middle School: Brahms Academic Festival Overture(study entire piece-excerpts will be chosen on day of the test)

High School:
Wagner: Siegfried’s Funeral Music
De Falla Three Cornered Hat Suite #1
Copland Hoe-Down
(Study all three pieces-excerpts will be chosen on day of the test)



DSA Orchestra’s Winter Silent Auction and Dinner

Saturday, December 16

5:30 Dinner and Silent auction before concert.

NO need to cook! Come and enjoy a dinner before the concert. Details to come.

With October slipping away, it is time to gear up for our Orchestra Silent Auction and Dinner!  We are excited about this fun event that raises funds for our department with auctioned baskets.  This year’s event will include dinner before the start of our December 16th concert.

We are asking each family to donate items by December 9th.  CLICK HERE for information flyer.

Thank you for your support for our amazing students!!

Do you have a special talent? Do you have memorabilia collecting dust?  Do you own a condo that you could share for a weekend, give lessons, make art or tutor? Consider donating your items, time and talent for our Winter Silent Auction.  OR ask the concert hall, restaurant or coffee shop you frequent to donate a little something for our kids  (USE TAX FORM for businesses). Items collected will be put into a variety of baskets for the auction. Money will go directly to our Orchestra’s education and travel fund.

NEW THIS YEAR: Student auction table for individual travel account.  Students can bake cookies, babysit, make jewelry or donate a lesson (etc) to go toward their own travel. (Turn in DONATION FORM by December 9 -even if you are bringing items (like cookies) that night.

*We are asking that each family donate to our Orchestra Silent Auction (does not need to be a complete basket).

You can choose to bring items that fit the theme list below or bring something entirely different.  Deliver (along with DONATION FORM to Dr. L’s office) by DECEMBER 9.

BASKET THEMES (Need to get the creative juices flowing?  Here are some themes)

Food/Restaurant – Fast food, slow food, cooking, gift certificates

Movie night/shopping

Fun in the Sun or Night under the Stars

Spa, pamper

Home and Garden

Creativity Unleashed (art, lessons, handmade ornaments, knitting, jewelry)

Music to My Ears

Holiday Cheer

Family Day – Passes, museum tickets, zoo, board games

*We are also looking for any baskets or bags that you no longer need!

QUESTIONS: Contact Carolfennellart@gmail.com for info.



Colorado Chamber Players Concert
November 11 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Denver School of the Arts

$10 DSA tickets for faculty, students with ID, parents and staff are available at the door, or in advance at:
http://tinyurl.com/DSAdiscount

Join the Colorado Chamber Players in an all-Baroque program as we celebrate different aspects of love, featuring soprano Amanda Balestrieri. From Bach’s love of God, to Telemann’s depiction of Sancho Panza’s adoration of Don Quixote, to Strozzi’s vengeful love, to Médée’s bitter love of Jason, to Vivaldi’s vision of pure love, we present a wide compendium of expressive love, all about wonders of the heart.

Join us for a reception after the concert!

Program:
François Couperin: Trio Sonata in e minor La Pucelle for Two Violins and Continuo
Barbara Strozzi: Three Songs for Soprano, Two Violins and Continuo

  • Costume de Grandi, op. 2, no.4
  • L’amante segreto, op. 2, no. 16
  • La Vendetta, op. 2, no. 9

Johann Sebastian Bach: Excerpts from Cantata BWV 199, Mein Herze Schwimmt in Blut
Recitative and Aria: Tief gebuckt und voller Reue
Recitative and Chorale: Ich, dein betrubtes KindIntermission

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Aria from Médée: Quel prix de mon amour, for Soprano, strings and Continuo
Georg Philip Telemann: Burlesque de Quixotte, TWV 55:G10, Suite for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Continuo
Antonio Vivaldi: Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630, Motet for Soprano, Strings and Continuo


Celebrating the Centennial Finnish Independence

Finnish Centennial Celebration Concert

Nan Ellin, Dean of CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning
with Robert Shay, Dean of CU Boulder’s College of Music
cordially invite you to a Finnish Centennial Concert
featuring the music of student composer Conor Brown and
a reception in celebration of Finnish Independence.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Auraria Campus | King Center, Recital Hall
855 Lawrence Way | Denver, CO 80204   RSVP to the Concert

Parking: Parking at the 7th Street Garage (between Lawrence Way and 7th Street) is complementary with the concert registration. Otherwise,  public transportation via RTD light rail is available and the Auraria West Station is closely located.

Questions? Contact Megan Welch at 303-315-3605 or email Megan at megan.e.welch@ucdenver.edu.


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!



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 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.



Volunteers needed for Visitation Days. No Experience Necessary!!

The future of the DSA Orchestra is in your hands!

Volunteer to represent the DSA Orchestra and Sinfonia on DSA’s Visitation Days.  Sign up is located at this link.  We need two more volunteers.

Volunteering on Visitation Day would only require about 2 hours of your time.

Preview Days

November 1, 2017, November 6, 2017, November 9, 2017, November 13, 2017 and November 16, 2017 for current 5th – 11th graders.


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).  

2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

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 29 October, 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.
  • Playing test, Nov. 9: Middle and High School, please see below for details
  • DSAO/DYAO Concert on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7p
    • Please note: Casual attire
  • Western States Honor Orchestra Nov. 2-4
  • Thank you to all Visitation Day volunteers. We welcome the first group of potential students on Wednesday!
  • Winter Auction coming up!!!
  • Travel Notes: November 1 payment and previous payments are due this week.  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.
  • 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!
  • We still have room for concert program advertisements ($200-$600 depending on size). Please have interested parties email Mark Herlinger.  He can also assist with ad design if needed.

To-Do Week of October 29, 2017

  • Mon. Oct. 30, 5p (rehearsal), 6p (pizza), 7p (concert), Concert Hall: Concert – Middle School Collaboration with DYAO
  • Wed. Nov 1: Visitation Day
  • Thurs.-Sat. Nov 2-4Western States Honor Orchestra Festival

Upcoming Events

  • November 6, November 9, November 13 and November 16: Visitation Days
  • Thurs., Nov. 9Playing tests
  • Sat. Nov. 11, 7:30p, Concert Hall: Colorado Chamber Players Concert
  • Fri. Nov 17, 7p, Concert Hall: Fall Chamber Concert

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 26, 11a: Full orchestra performance at CMEA at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs; students will leave on a charter bus from DSA approx. 8a.
  • DPS Citywide Orchestra Festival (mandatory for middle school)
    • 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


Homework

Middle School: Brahms Academic Festival Overture(study entire piece-excerpts will be chosen on day of the test)

High School:
Wagner: Siegfried’s Funeral Music
De Falla Three Cornered Hat Suite #1
Copland Hoe-Down
(Study all three pieces-excerpts will be chosen on day of the test)


DSA Orchestra’s Winter Silent Auction and Dinner

Saturday, December 16

5:30 Dinner and Silent auction before concert.

NO need to cook! Come and enjoy a dinner before the concert. Details to come.

With October slipping away, it is time to gear up for our Orchestra Silent Auction and Dinner!  We are excited about this fun event that raises funds for our department with auctioned baskets.  This year’s event will include dinner before the start of our December 16th concert.

We are asking each family to donate items by December 9th.  CLICK HERE for information flyer.

Thank you for your support for our amazing students!!

Do you have a special talent? Do you have memorabilia collecting dust?  Do you own a condo that you could share for a weekend, give lessons, make art or tutor? Consider donating your items, time and talent for our Winter Silent Auction.  OR ask the concert hall, restaurant or coffee shop you frequent to donate a little something for our kids  (USE TAX FORM for businesses). Items collected will be put into a variety of baskets for the auction. Money will go directly to our Orchestra’s education and travel fund.

NEW THIS YEAR: Student auction table for individual travel account.  Students can bake cookies, babysit, make jewelry or donate a lesson (etc) to go toward their own travel. (Turn in DONATION FORM by December 9 -even if you are bringing items (like cookies) that night.

*We are asking that each family donate to our Orchestra Silent Auction (does not need to be a complete basket).

You can choose to bring items that fit the theme list below or bring something entirely different.  Deliver (along with DONATION FORM to Dr. L’s office) by DECEMBER 9.

BASKET THEMES (Need to get the creative juices flowing?  Here are some themes)

Food/Restaurant – Fast food, slow food, cooking, gift certificates

Movie night/shopping

Fun in the Sun or Night under the Stars

Spa, pamper

Home and Garden

Creativity Unleashed (art, lessons, handmade ornaments, knitting, jewelry)

Music to My Ears

Holiday Cheer

Family Day – Passes, museum tickets, zoo, board games

*We are also looking for any baskets or bags that you no longer need!

QUESTIONS: Contact Carolfennellart@gmail.com for info.


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!



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)



Colorado Chamber Players Concert
November 11 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Denver School of the Arts

$10 DSA tickets for faculty, students with ID, parents and staff are available at the door, or in advance at:
http://tinyurl.com/DSAdiscount

Join the Colorado Chamber Players in an all-Baroque program as we celebrate different aspects of love, featuring soprano Amanda Balestrieri. From Bach’s love of God, to Telemann’s depiction of Sancho Panza’s adoration of Don Quixote, to Strozzi’s vengeful love, to Médée’s bitter love of Jason, to Vivaldi’s vision of pure love, we present a wide compendium of expressive love, all about wonders of the heart.

Join us for a reception after the concert!

Program:
François Couperin: Trio Sonata in e minor La Pucelle for Two Violins and Continuo
Barbara Strozzi: Three Songs for Soprano, Two Violins and Continuo

  • Costume de Grandi, op. 2, no.4
  • L’amante segreto, op. 2, no. 16
  • La Vendetta, op. 2, no. 9

Johann Sebastian Bach: Excerpts from Cantata BWV 199, Mein Herze Schwimmt in Blut
Recitative and Aria: Tief gebuckt und voller Reue
Recitative and Chorale: Ich, dein betrubtes KindIntermission

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Aria from Médée: Quel prix de mon amour, for Soprano, strings and Continuo
Georg Philip Telemann: Burlesque de Quixotte, TWV 55:G10, Suite for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Continuo
Antonio Vivaldi: Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630, Motet for Soprano, Strings and Continuo


Celebrating the Centennial Finnish Independence

Finnish Centennial Celebration Concert

Nan Ellin, Dean of CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning
with Robert Shay, Dean of CU Boulder’s College of Music
cordially invite you to a Finnish Centennial Concert
featuring the music of student composer Conor Brown and
a reception in celebration of Finnish Independence.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Auraria Campus | King Center, Recital Hall
855 Lawrence Way | Denver, CO 80204   RSVP to the Concert

Parking: Parking at the 7th Street Garage (between Lawrence Way and 7th Street) is complementary with the concert registration. Otherwise,  public transportation via RTD light rail is available and the Auraria West Station is closely located.

Questions? Contact Megan Welch at 303-315-3605 or email Megan at megan.e.welch@ucdenver.edu.



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 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.



Volunteers needed for Visitation Days. No Experience Necessary!!

The future of the DSA Orchestra is in your hands!

Volunteer to represent the DSA Orchestra and Sinfonia on DSA’s Visitation Days.  Sign up is located at this link.  We need two more volunteers.

Volunteering on Visitation Day would only require about 2 hours of your time.

Preview Days

November 1, 2017, November 6, 2017, November 9, 2017, November 13, 2017 and November 16, 2017 for current 5th – 11th graders.

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).  

2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

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 October 22, 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.
  • This Tuesday, middle school collaboration with DYAO, rehearsal 5:30-7p!
    • Concert the following week, 10/30.
  • Winter Auction coming up!!!
  • Volunteers needed for upcoming Visitation Days
  • Travel Notes: October 1 payment is 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.
  • 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!
  • We still have room for concert program advertisements ($200-$600 depending on size). Please have interested parties email Mark Herlinger.  He can also assist with ad design if needed.

To-Do Week of October 22, 2017

  • Tues. Oct. 24, 5:30p-7p, Concert Hall: Rehearsal – Middle School Collaboration with DYAO

Upcoming Events

  • Mon. Oct. 30, 5p (rehearsal), 6p (pizza), 7p (concert), Concert Hall: Concert – Middle School Collaboration with DYAO
  • Thurs.-Sat. Nov 2-4Western States Honor Orchestra Festival
  • November 1, November 6, November 9, November 13 and November 16: Visitation Days
  • Sat. Nov. 11, 7:30p, Concert Hall: Colorado Chamber Players Concert
  • Fri. Nov 17, 7p, Concert Hall: Fall Chamber Concert

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 (mandatory for middle school)
    • 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



DSA Orchestra’s Winter Silent Auction and Dinner

Saturday, December 16

5:30 Dinner and Silent auction before concert.

NO need to cook! Come and enjoy a dinner before the concert. Details to come.

With October slipping away, it is time to gear up for our Orchestra Silent Auction and Dinner!  We are excited about this fun event that raises funds for our department with auctioned baskets.  This year’s event will include dinner before the start of our December 16th concert.

We are asking each family to donate items by December 9th.  CLICK HERE for information flyer.

Thank you for your support for our amazing students!!

Do you have a special talent? Do you have memorabilia collecting dust?  Do you own a condo that you could share for a weekend, give lessons, make art or tutor? Consider donating your items, time and talent for our Winter Silent Auction.  OR ask the concert hall, restaurant or coffee shop you frequent to donate a little something for our kids  (USE TAX FORM for businesses). Items collected will be put into a variety of baskets for the auction. Money will go directly to our Orchestra’s education and travel fund.

NEW THIS YEAR: Student auction table for individual travel account.  Students can bake cookies, babysit, make jewelry or donate a lesson (etc) to go toward their own travel. (Turn in DONATION FORM by December 9 -even if you are bringing items (like cookies) that night.

*We are asking that each family donate to our Orchestra Silent Auction (does not need to be a complete basket).

You can choose to bring items that fit the theme list below or bring something entirely different.  Deliver (along with DONATION FORM to Dr. L’s office) by DECEMBER 9.

BASKET THEMES (Need to get the creative juices flowing?  Here are some themes)

Food/Restaurant – Fast food, slow food, cooking, gift certificates

Movie night/shopping

Fun in the Sun or Night under the Stars

Spa, pamper

Home and Garden

Creativity Unleashed (art, lessons, handmade ornaments, knitting, jewelry)

Music to My Ears

Holiday Cheer

Family Day – Passes, museum tickets, zoo, board games

*We are also looking for any baskets or bags that you no longer need!

QUESTIONS: Contact Carolfennellart@gmail.com for info.


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!



Volunteers needed for Visitation Days. No Experience Necessary!!

The future of the DSA Orchestra is in your hands!

Volunteer to represent the DSA Orchestra and Sinfonia on DSA’s Visitation Days.  Sign up is located at this link.  We need five more volunteers.

Volunteering on Visitation Day would only require about 2 hours of your time.

Preview Days

November 1, 2017, November 6, 2017, November 9, 2017, November 13, 2017 and November 16, 2017 for current 5th – 11th graders.


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 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.



Colorado Chamber Players Concert
November 11 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Denver School of the Arts

$10 DSA tickets for faculty, students with ID, parents and staff are available at the door, or in advance at:
http://tinyurl.com/DSAdiscount

Join the Colorado Chamber Players in an all-Baroque program as we celebrate different aspects of love, featuring soprano Amanda Balestrieri. From Bach’s love of God, to Telemann’s depiction of Sancho Panza’s adoration of Don Quixote, to Strozzi’s vengeful love, to Médée’s bitter love of Jason, to Vivaldi’s vision of pure love, we present a wide compendium of expressive love, all about wonders of the heart.

Join us for a reception after the concert!

Program:
François Couperin: Trio Sonata in e minor La Pucelle for Two Violins and Continuo
Barbara Strozzi: Three Songs for Soprano, Two Violins and Continuo

  • Costume de Grandi, op. 2, no.4
  • L’amante segreto, op. 2, no. 16
  • La Vendetta, op. 2, no. 9

Johann Sebastian Bach: Excerpts from Cantata BWV 199, Mein Herze Schwimmt in Blut
Recitative and Aria: Tief gebuckt und voller Reue
Recitative and Chorale: Ich, dein betrubtes KindIntermission

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Aria from Médée: Quel prix de mon amour, for Soprano, strings and Continuo
Georg Philip Telemann: Burlesque de Quixotte, TWV 55:G10, Suite for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Continuo
Antonio Vivaldi: Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630, Motet for Soprano, Strings and Continuo



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)


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).  

2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

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 October 8, 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.
  • To all Orchestra Majors: Congratulations on the excellent concerts this weekend!
  • Travel Notes: October 1 payment is due.  Please see links to travel schedules below
    • Middle School Payment Schedule (CLICK HERE)
    • High School Payment Schedule (CLICK HERE)
    • The scholarship committee is meeting again on Monday, and so scholarship decisions should be made by mid-week.  Thank you so much for your patience.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • We still have room for concert program advertisements ($200-$600 depending on size). Please have interested parties email Mark Herlinger.  He can also assist with ad design if needed.

Upcoming Events

  • 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
  • Fri. Nov 17, 7p, Concert Hall: Fall Chamber Concert

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


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!



2017-2018 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 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.



Colorado Chamber Players Concert
November 11 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Denver School of the Arts

$10 DSA tickets for faculty, students with ID, parents and staff are available at the door, or in advance at:
http://tinyurl.com/DSAdiscount

Join the Colorado Chamber Players in an all-Baroque program as we celebrate different aspects of love, featuring soprano Amanda Balestrieri. From Bach’s love of God, to Telemann’s depiction of Sancho Panza’s adoration of Don Quixote, to Strozzi’s vengeful love, to Médée’s bitter love of Jason, to Vivaldi’s vision of pure love, we present a wide compendium of expressive love, all about wonders of the heart.

Join us for a reception after the concert!

Program:
François Couperin: Trio Sonata in e minor La Pucelle for Two Violins and Continuo
Barbara Strozzi: Three Songs for Soprano, Two Violins and Continuo

  • Costume de Grandi, op. 2, no.4
  • L’amante segreto, op. 2, no. 16
  • La Vendetta, op. 2, no. 9

Johann Sebastian Bach: Excerpts from Cantata BWV 199, Mein Herze Schwimmt in Blut
Recitative and Aria: Tief gebuckt und voller Reue
Recitative and Chorale: Ich, dein betrubtes KindIntermission

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Aria from Médée: Quel prix de mon amour, for Soprano, strings and Continuo
Georg Philip Telemann: Burlesque de Quixotte, TWV 55:G10, Suite for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Continuo
Antonio Vivaldi: Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630, Motet for Soprano, Strings and Continuo



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)


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).  

2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

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 October 1, 2017

Concert Week (Oct. 6-7)

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.
  • Congratulations to Western States Honor Orchestra Festival students!
  • Please sign up for our first pre-concert potluck of the year (CLICK HERE)
  • Travel Notes: October 1 payment is 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.
  • 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!
  • We still have room for concert program advertisements ($200-$600 depending on size). Please have interested parties email Mark Herlinger.  He can also assist with ad design if needed.

To-Do Week of October 1, 2017

  • 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

Upcoming Events

  • 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
  • Fri. Nov 17, 7p, Concert Hall: Fall Chamber Concert

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


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.


Congratulations to Western States Honor Orchestra Festival students

Congratulations to all DSA students who got into Western States! I’m proud of all of
you! We had twenty one students accepted, more than a third of our orchestra!

If you didn’t get selected this time, please do not take it personally. Auditions are not
an exact science! There have been some absolutely brilliant DSA students who were
denied admission in years past. Next year may be your year!

Oliver Costello
Kai Padilla_Smith
Nell Rudoff
Finnian Costello
Mary Fox
Magnolia Howe
Ryan Sangchompuphen
Kyle Pham
Claire Harris
Roni Williams
Ethan Scheve
Dylan Tyree
Luke Hendricks
Lauren Martin
D’Marco Martinez
Lily Primus
Leslie Wilburn
Anna Neznamova
Landon Fennell
Mia Herlinger
Tony Golden



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)



Colorado Chamber Players Concert
November 11 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Denver School of the Arts

$10 DSA tickets for faculty, students with ID, parents and staff are available at the door, or in advance at:
http://tinyurl.com/DSAdiscount

Join the Colorado Chamber Players in an all-Baroque program as we celebrate different aspects of love, featuring soprano Amanda Balestrieri. From Bach’s love of God, to Telemann’s depiction of Sancho Panza’s adoration of Don Quixote, to Strozzi’s vengeful love, to Médée’s bitter love of Jason, to Vivaldi’s vision of pure love, we present a wide compendium of expressive love, all about wonders of the heart.

Join us for a reception after the concert!

Program:
François Couperin: Trio Sonata in e minor La Pucelle for Two Violins and Continuo
Barbara Strozzi: Three Songs for Soprano, Two Violins and Continuo

  • Costume de Grandi, op. 2, no.4
  • L’amante segreto, op. 2, no. 16
  • La Vendetta, op. 2, no. 9

Johann Sebastian Bach: Excerpts from Cantata BWV 199, Mein Herze Schwimmt in Blut
Recitative and Aria: Tief gebuckt und voller Reue
Recitative and Chorale: Ich, dein betrubtes KindIntermission

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Aria from Médée: Quel prix de mon amour, for Soprano, strings and Continuo
Georg Philip Telemann: Burlesque de Quixotte, TWV 55:G10, Suite for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Continuo
Antonio Vivaldi: Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630, Motet for Soprano, Strings and Continuo



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 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