BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK of August 20, 2017

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  • August 20 picnic tomorrow, 4-8p: We still need clean-up volunteers. Sign up here to contribute!
  •  Back to school night Thurs. Aug 24, 6-8:15p
  • Students should bring instruments beginning Thurs. Aug 24
  • Wombat Day sign-ups below!  The cost this year will be $25 to cover park admission and activities.
  • Volunteer 2017-2018 position openings below.  Every little bit that you can do helps keep our DSAO program going strong!
  • Make sure that you like and share the DSAO Facebook page, especially when we have upcoming events!
  • Placement audition materials below: Preliminary auditions Sept. 5-7

TO-DO Week of August 20, 2017

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

Upcoming Events

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

Back to School Picnic! August 20th

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

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

For the ice cream and additional picnic items, please sign up at this link

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

We hope to see you there!

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

Back-to-School Night

Dear Orchestra Students and Parents;

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

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

Dr. Lasansky

DSA Back-to-School Night

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

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

Attached here is a copy of the schedule.

Back to School Night Bell Schedule

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

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

Middle School:

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

High School:

Please prepare the material for Western States and All-State Orchestra at:
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!

Dr. Lasansky

Wombat Day, August 26

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

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

Sign-ups below:

Carpool and Chaperones

Equipment Donations

Food Donations

2017-2018 DSAO Volunteer Positions

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

2017-2018 Concert Ushers

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

2017-2018 Concessions

Please sign up here!

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

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

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

DSAO one of Fifteen Contestants
in the National Orchestra Championships

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

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

Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group

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

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

DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition

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

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

DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

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

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

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

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

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

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at or Lisa Scheve at

Thank you!

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

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


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