DSAO Final Trip Reminders – Week of 25 February, 2018

Final Trip Reminders

What amazing concerts this weekend!  Both the high school and middle school orchestras will do great in their competitions!  Please take a look at the following trip reminders:Middle school families should have received an email with airline ticket information.  If any family did not receive this email, send an email to Suzi Erickson at ericmm2@msm.com.  Please check in with Delta (use the link in the ticket email) the night before departure and pay for baggage.   The orchestra will check in and pay for baggage for the return flight.  High school families do not need to check in with Southwest Airlines until they arrive at the airport.

Remember that all students and parents have agreed to the trip rules.  Please refresh your knowledge of the rules which are posted on the DSAO website (middle school CLICK HERE; high school CLICK HERE)

Trip itineraries, other handouts, and chaperone phone numbers are also posted on the DSAO website.  Please check the packing list for details on appropriate concert attire.

Students may want to take a list or photos of everything they have packed so that when they are repacking in the hotels they can review the list to make sure everything is back in their suitcase.  And don’t forget that students will be carrying all their own belongings, so be mindful when packing.

It will probably rain at some point on the trip.  Don’t forget a rain jacket and/or an umbrella.

Please check TSA rules on line for restrictions on carry-ons and checked baggage.

Please make sure each student has enough money for food, activities, and souvenirs.  A combination of both a debit card and cash will probably work the best.  We have already paid for breakfasts and dinners in New York, and for breakfasts, lunches, and one dinner in Atlanta.  We may not have formal lunches in New York (and we won’t on our competition day), so students can either bring snacks or purchase them in the hotel.  Similarly, students may want to bring or buy snacks to eat on the planes.  Please see the Expenses handout on the DSAO website to estimate amount of money needed.

Please review hotel etiquette.  Keep activities and noise levels appropriate.

High school students must bring stands for rehearsals.  Please coordinate with your stand partner.

If you want to visit the Georgia Aquarium, it is best to buy tickets online ahead of time for $26.95 + tax.   Go to www.georgiaaquarium.org, click on buy tickets, and we will be attending Imagination Nights, 3/10/18, 6:30-7:00 pm entrance.  Tickets may be printed or viewed on phones.  Tickets may also be purchased on site for $43.

The high school will meet on Friday, 3/2/18 at 7:30 a.m. on the Southwest departures curb or inside at the Southwest Departures area.  Students should find their chaperone and stay with them in the airport.  The high school will return to Denver on Sunday, 3/11/18 at 3:15 p.m. and meet parents in the Southwest Baggage Claim.  The middle school will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, 3/8/18 at the Delta Airlines departures curb.  Students should find their chaperone and stay with them in the airport. The middle school will return to Denver on Sunday, 3/11/18 at 2:05 p.m. and meet parents in the Delta Baggage Claim.  Please check out your students with the chaperones.  And don’t forget Daylight Savings Time on 3/11/18!

And, so no one starves on the flights, either bring a sack lunch (NO LIQUIDS!) or buy something on the concourse before we board.

Please contact your chaperone if you have any questions or concerns.  We are excited for an awesome trip!!!!!

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!


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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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)