Week of November 13, 2016

Chamber Concert Week!

November 17, 7p

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To Do – Week of November 13

  • Thurs Nov. 17, 7:00 PM, Concert Hall: Chamber Music Concert
    • All DSAO students are required to attend
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
    • 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.
    • Thank you to all who have signed up as volunteer concession managers. If interested in volunteering for subsequent concerts, please CLICK HERE to sign up.
  • Thurs Nov. 17: High School Playing and Chair Test
  • Fri Nov. 18: Theta Music Trainer due

Upcoming Events

  • Thurs Dec 8, 10:30a, U C  Anschutz Medical Center: High School Concert for patients and staff
  • Sat Dec. 10, 7:00 PM, Concert Hall: Orchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
    • 6:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
    • Thank you to all who have signed up as volunteer concession managers. If interested in volunteering for subsequent concerts, please CLICK HERE to sign up.
  • Sun Dec. 11, 3:00 PM, Concert Hall: Orchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
    • 6:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
    • Thank you to all who have signed up as volunteer concession managers. If interested in volunteering for subsequent concerts, please CLICK HERE to sign up.
  • The full performance schedule is at the bottom of the newsletter.
  • New and returning students, make sure to review the concert requirements (attire, attendance, etc.) in the student handbook.


Chamber Concert
November 17, 7p

Please join our chamber ensembles for a wonderful night of listening and watching in a concert where every musician is the principal of their section, and together they direct each other in performing beautiful music from all eras.
All DSAO students are required to attend and support our fellow classmates.

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!


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.


Accepting Donations Now Through November 30!Second Annual Winter Orchestra Silent Auction

Saturday, December 10th

before and during the concert intermission

Accepting donations for the winter silent auction NOW through November 30. Drop off items in Dr L’s office.

CLICK HERE to access the letter for business donations.

THANK YOU for supporting DSA orchestra.

Do you have a special talent?  Does everyone rave about your homemade cheesecake?  Do you have memorabilia stuffed in a box in some closet collecting dust?  Do you own a condo that you could share for a weekend, or drive Uber, make art or tutor?

Consider donating your items, time (adults or students) and talent for our Winter Silent Auction. A few ideas might be…..cookie baking and decorating with kids, jewelry making workshop, cooking a meal, cooking lesson, jewelry handmade or jewelry no longer needed, artwork, sports memorabilia, babysitting, massage, give a lesson or mentor a student. Ask the concert hall, restaurant you frequent or the coffee shop you swing by each morning to donate a little something for our kids.   Items can be purchased, found or donated in the themes below (suggestions only) and will be put into baskets for the auction.

*We are asking that each family donate to our Orchestra Silent Auction.

Basket Themes by grades (You do NOT have to stick to these themes; these are to generate ideas!)

6th grade- Food/Restaurant- Fast food, slow food, cooking, gift certificates

7th grade- Movie night/ shopping

8th grade- Lottery

9th grade- Fitness, outdoor, indoor, spa

10th grade- It’s a wrap (holiday items, wrapping supplies, gift ideas)

11th grade- Travel

12th grade- Gardening

*All proceeds go directly back to the orchestra department to fund the Master Mentor program.

*We are also looking for any baskets or bags that you are no longer using!  Contact Carolfennellart@gmail.com for info.


Congratulations to Josh Felser

Josh Felser, a 7th grade orchestra major at Denver School of the Arts, was the 1st prize winner in the Intermediate Viola division, in the EOP competition at Metropolitan University on November 5th. Josh performed the Hummel Sonatina in the King Center Concert Hall for the winners concert on November 6th, and played for a master class.  Josh is a student of Barbara Hamilton.  Congratulations, Josh!

Josh Felser, Janet Ochsner

DSAO Chamber Groups

32 Students in the chamber music program at DSAO played outreach concerts in Douglas County in October and November, thanks to funding from the SCFD.  Thank you so much to citizens for renewing SCFD funding in the election.  Ten of the eleven DSA chamber groups performed enthusiastically for seniors at Parker Senior Center, Vi at Highlands Ranch, and Lincoln Meadows. The audiences were thrilled to hear works by Beethoven, Dvorak, Schumann, Sochting, Boccherini, Michael Haydn, Telemann and more.  The same students will perform at DSA on November 17th, 7 p.m.

Alex Han, Landon Fennell, Anna-Claire Schulze, Madelyn Erickson, and Claire Harris

Gwen Aggelar, Kai Padilla-Smith, Anna Neznamova, Leslie Wilburn, Lily Primus

Ethan Scheve, Ali Rainer, Lauren Martin, Kayden Gosselin

Sandy Battulga, Toren Sarsen, Charlie Morris

Colorado Chamber Players:
Jewish Sounds of Soviet Russia
Wednesday, November 16

The award-winning Colorado Chamber Players will be performing on the prestigious JAAMM Festival series this year at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 11/16/16, 7 p.m.,  and they have generously offered 50 tickets to the DSA community for $10 each.  DSA students, faculty and staff can use the code DSA10 after September 1st,  by calling the Mizel box office at 303-316-6360 or by going online at:  http://maccjcc.org/. Tickets are usually $18/$20, this is a substantial discount for the DSA community.

Elaine Wolf Theatre
$20 Adult, $18 Student/Senior (non-discount price)

Jewish and Yiddish music have always found their way into Russian music. The role of Jewish composers in Russia changed dramatically after the rise of Stalin and after World War II.  While Jewish music was officially banned (or declared non-existent) after World War II, many composers continued to incorporate Jewish themes into their pieces.

Russian composers Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev and Jewish composers Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Mikhail Gnesin all managed to weave Ashkenazi Jewish folk music into their compositions, in spite of anti-Semitic repression under Stalin’s rule.  This evening’s program explores specific pieces with Jewish elements by these composers.  Colorado Chamber Players musicians offer spoken program notes.

Overture on Hebrew Themes, Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Quintet, op. 11, “Requiem”, Mikhail Gnesin
Excerpt, Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet, Igor Stravinsky
Excerpt from String Quartet no. 4, op. 83, Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Quintet, op.18, Mieczyslaw Weinberg

Homework Assignments

Please visit http://www.dsaorchestra.org for full assignment instructions.  Hover over “Students” and click appropriate Assignments page.  Orchestral music is also found at this location.  Please note that the new password is Debussy16.

Middle School

Assignment 3, due Friday November 18th, 2016:
Theta Music Trainer  40 additional levels due.

Next Concert Repertoire:
Mozart Magic Flute Overture
Led Zeppelin Reunion
Harry Potter arr. Story
Dvorak New World Symphony mov. #4 (Monday)

High School

Assignment 3, due Friday November 18th:
Theta Music Trainer, 60 additional levels due.

Playing and Chair Test. Thursday November 17th.
Atom Heart Club Suite #1 and Bach Harpsichord Concerto in d minor
(all violins may audition for Violin 1)
Excerpt details:
Atom Heart Club Suite #1
Violin 1:
• 5 after letter F to letter G• 5 after G to letter H

• Coda to end of movement
• Letter E to letter F
Violin 2:
• 4 before letter B to letter B (with repeat)
• 3 after letter G to letter H
• Coda to end of movement
• Letter E to letter F
1. Allegro  Molto G-H Coda-end
3. Scherzo 31-35
4. Finale F-G
1.Allegro  Molto A-B Coda-end
Scherzo 39-46
4. Finale  F-G H-end
1.Allegro  Molto Coda-end
3. Scherzo 1-3Bach Concerto for Harpsichord  in d  minor
All Instruments: Allegro (I)- ms. 1-7
Allegro (III)  1-13 114-130
Violin I: Allegro (I) ms. 56-61 103-109 172-177
Violin  II  Allegro(I) 104-109 172-177
Viola:  Allegro (I)  13-16 113-118
Cello, Bass: Allegro (I)  17-22 133-136 172-177, Adagio: 30-42

Atom Heart Club Suite # 1
Bach Harpsichord Concerto in d minor (complete)
And the Birds are Still
Bohemian Rhapsody Mia Herlinger violin solo

High School Orchestra Events Coming Up!

From Dr: Lasansky:

1. DSA High School Orchestra has been invited to play a concert for patients and staff  at U C  Anschutz Medical Center  12/8/16 at 10:30 am.  We will have lunch at Stapleton after the concert. We need three chaperones to accompany us.

2. DSA High School Orchestra has also been selected  to play at the National Association of School Board Members (NASBM) at the Denver Convention Center on March 25-26. The exact time of the concert will be known in the next few weeks. Please check to see if you have any vacation plans or conflicts  during this period and let me know asap: enrique_lasansky@dpsk12.org.  This concert will be  required of all high school students in order for the event to be successful.

For information on the conference please go to: https://www.nsba.org/conferencehttps://www.nsba.org/conference

Dr. L

Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program

As we begin the school year, we wanted to remind you about the $350 fee,  per family,  for our Master Mentors program.  This is an expectation for all DSAO families.

For all of our new members of DSAO: we use this money throughout the year  to bring in a whole team of outstanding musicians to work with DSAO students. These mentors work with individual sections, coach chamber music, and sometimes work one on one with students. This  aspect of the  DSAO program is one of the main things that set us apart from other school orchestra programs and help us achieve the excellence we are accustomed to.

Contributions can be made by check or through the DSA Friends Foundation at www.dsafriends.org.  If you can’t make the payment all at once, please do so in monthly installments.   Please make checks payable to DSA Friends Foundation, and put “Orchestra family contribution” or “master mentor” in the memo line.

This is also a fantastic way for family and friends to support your student! Please pass along the dsafriends.org website link to those you know are interested in supporting our programs.

For further information, please visit the OFA Fundraising website.

Investing in DSAO

Attention Business Owners – Friends and Family!

Welcome to the new school year! As you head back to school, please consider promoting your business (or promoting your friend’s business) in this year’s DSAO concert programs. (CLICK HERE for brochure). Advertising money helps fund the orchestra program, and has the added bonus of helping our families and friends promote their businesses!

Ad Submittals: It’s incredibly easy to submit advertising artwork/logos/business cards via email to Mark Herlinger, our advertising and program graphic designer. If you need assistance designing your advertisement, Mark will help you with that too! For questions about graphic guidelines to submit advertisements, please contact markherlinger@gmail.com.

Payment: Via check – Once payment is received (please turn in checks to Tracy Holt, DSA Arts Secretary in the Front Office) the advertisement will be placed in the program which is printed for all major orchestra concerts throughout the year.

Buy groceries, support DSAO

Make sure you purchase a reloadable King Soopers card! It’s simple to get started with a $2.50 card.  Each time you reload the card, DSAO gets 5% back! No hidden costs!  Everyone buys groceries, so it a very easy way for friends and family to contribute as well. You may email Carol Fennell for information about purchasing a card, or pick up a card at the next concert’s concession table .

DSA is collecting Boxtops!

DSA receives free money for each box top turned in.  Please group the box tops in a bag or envelope, and mark them with “Orchestra” so that the funds will come to us.  The collection box is located in the main office.


Call for Volunteers

We are still in need of volunteers to help out with important fundraising tasks.  These positions do not require a significant amount of time, but every extra hand is critical.

Please go to this link to help out!


Student Volunteer Opportunities with El Sistema

From the website: “Almost 40 years ago, Dr. José Antonio Abreu gathered 11 children in a parking garage in Carácas, Venezuela, to play music—and El Sistema was born. The El Sistema model, using ensemble music to transform the lives of at-risk youth and communities, has now become a world-wide phenomenon.”

Regular El Sistema after school programming will meet at the following times and locations beginning this Tuesday, September 6th.  This provides a wonderful opportunity for orchestra students and parents alike to help spread the love and learning of music through volunteer time.   Parents or students interested in volunteering can contact El Sistema at volunteer@elsistemacolorado.org.

Garden Place Academy:
M-W 3:30-5:30, Th 1-3

Swansea Elementary School:
M-Th 3-4:30

Bruce Randolph Middle/High:
M-Th 2:30-5:30

2016 Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado Auditions

From: Brian Cornell [bcornell@gmail.com]

Fact Sheet
ApplicationI’m writing on behalf of the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) of Colorado to announce the opportunity for classical musicians in Colorado between the ages of 10 and 20 to audition for a spot on the 2017/2018 YMF Artist Roster.  Please forward this email to your young musicians and any other organizations or teachers that may have students who are interested in this opportunity. 

 This is a fantastic opportunity for very talented musicians who currently aspire to a professional career in music- YMF provides funding for musical enrichment opportunities (typically $1,000- $2,000/ year depending on age) for camps/ master classes and competitions as well as annual performance opportunities with other talented young musicians in a professional setting at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.  In addition, over $2,000 of prize money is awarded to top performers in the Audition process. 

 The application process consists of two parts.  An initial application and CD submission is due on November 15, 2016, from which finalists are then selected to take part in a one-day live audition the last week in December.  Attached is both the audition application and fact sheet with pertinent details of the process and requirements.  Further information is available on the YMF website:  www.youngmusiciansfoundation.org


Since its founding in 1988, YMF has supported over 120 extremely talented Colorado musicians, many of whom have gone onto achieve amazing accomplishments, whether it be soloing with the CSO, graduating from top tier musical institutions like Juilliard and Eastman, or successful careers as soloists or orchestra members.  Many former roster members have credited YMF with giving them the additional exposure and resources needed beyond their traditional training to properly prepare and excel in their professional musical pursuits.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding the application, audition process, or YMF in general. 

Best Regards,

Brian Cornell

YMF Board Member

(303) 549-5546




Thursday  11/17 Chamber Music Concert 7:00 PM Concert Hall

Saturday 12/10  Orchestra Concert  7:00 PM Concert Hall
Sunday 12/11 Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM Concert Hall

Saturday 1/21  Full Orchestra Concert 7:00pm Concert Hall
Sunday 1/22   Full Orchestra Concert 3:00pm Concert Hall

Friday March 3 7p  L’Histoire du Soldat Concert Hall
Saturday March 4 3p and 7p   L’Histoire du Soldat  Concert Hall

Friday 3/10 Orchestra  Concert 7:00 PM Concert Hall
Saturday  3/11 Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM Concert Hall

Friday 4/28    Chamber Concert 7:00 PM  Concert Hall

Friday  5/12     Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert 7:00 PM  Concert Hall
Sat.     5/13   Disney/Pops Orchestra Concert  7:00 PM  Concert Hall
Sunday 5/14   Disney/Pops Orchestra Concert  3:00 PM  Concert Hall

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).  

Thank you!