DSAO News and Updates, 12 Aug 2018

August Back-to-School Preparations Underway

Summary Headlines – Please Read

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  • Please RSVP!  Many openings still available for volunteers and donations
    • Sunday, August 19, 4:00-7:00(ish)pm at the large picnic shelter at Fred Thomas Park:  Back-to-school Picnic
    • Saturday, August 25, 12:00pm-8:00(ish)pm at Marina Point picnic area at Chatfield State Park: Wombat Day
  • Please read and acknowledge student handbook either at Back-to-School Night or by Saturday August 25
  • Back-to-School Night Thursday, August 23rd
  • Fill the Gap program is in full swing!  Please contribute what you can so that DSAO can reach 100% participation.
  • Make sure that you like and share the DSAO Facebook page, especially when we have upcoming events!
  • 2018-2019 DSAO Performance Schedule
  • Please make sure that your email addresses are updated
  • Don’t forget to reload your King Soopers card; 5% goes for future trips

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, August 19, 4:00-7:00(ish)pm at the large picnic shelter at Fred Thomas Park:  Orchestra Back-to-School Picnic
  • Thursday, August 23rd, 5:30p: Back-to-School Night
  • Saturday, August 25, 12:00pm-8:00(ish)pm at Marina Point picnic area at Chatfield State Park:  Wombat!!
  • Saturday, September 22, 5-7p: DSA Gala Night

DSAO Handbook

The DSAO Handbook is one of the most important reference manuals for you and your orchestra student in helping to make their career a success. Please CLICK HERE to access the 2018-2019 Handbook, and either turn in the signed acknowledgment at the end of the handbook when attending Back-to-School Night.  Otherwise, email your acknowledgment (no need to electronically sign the document) to Terrie Tyree by Saturday, August 25.

Back to School Picnic! August 19th

Hello Orchestra Families!  We hope that you’ve had a wonderful summer!  School is starting soon and 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. This is an informal opportunity to meet our new families and reconnect with returning families.

In addition, just like last year, you can complete, sign, and notarize your school forms at the picnic!!  Heidi Martin and Heather Hampton have generously agreed to offer their time, talents, and legal authority to help everyone complete this important task.  They will have a table set up under the picnic shelter where they will be notarizing DPS forms.   There are forms for school trips, waivers for activities, and medical authorizations, and several require notarization which can be hard to accomplish.  Get your forms completed, turned in, and checked off your list at the picnic!  Forms will be available online and at the picnic.


Please sign up here to RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ba9a92aa5f94-back2
We will be ordering sandwiches from Jimmy John’s and are asking $5 per person to cover the cost. (please click here to pay via PayPal).  We will have vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options available, so let us know your preferences on sign up.

Back by popular demand, we will have 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 here:

***When RSVPing, please include the following: How many people in your party, how many will want sandwiches, and any dietary requests.  Please use the link above to pay via paypal.  Alternatively, you may bring cash or check to the picnic.*** 

We hope to see you there!

Date: 08/19/2018 (Sun.)
Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm MDT
Location: Fred Thomas Park – 2400 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80207

Wombat Day, August 25!!!

It’s hard to believe but summer has flown by and the beginning of the school year is just a couple of weeks away.  That means it’s time to prepare for the orchestra’s annual team building day – WOMBAT!!  For those of you new to the orchestra, Wombat is an annual event the orchestra holds at the beginning of the school year to allow everyone to get to know our new members and re-connect with old friends in a casual, outdoor setting.  Wombat got its name years ago — long before any of the current seniors attended DSA — from a prior conductor who loved wombats.  The name has stuck all of these years later.

Here are the Wombat details:

When?  Saturday, August 25, noon-8pm
Where?  Chatfield State Park, Marina Point Picnic Area
What?  Wombat Day!!  Food, games, paddle boarding, and fresh air
Who?  ALL DSA students and as many parent helpers & chaperones as are willing and able to attend
Cost?  $25/student, payable by cash or check to DPS

A few important additional points to keep in mind:

Chatfield State Park lies southwest of Denver, off E-470.  Here is a map to help you get to the park:  http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Chatfield/Documents/Chatfield-Direction-Map.pdf.  Once you are inside the park, follow this map to Marina Point Picnic Area:  http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Chatfield/Documents/ChatfieldAreaMap.pdf  It’s a bit hard to read, but Marina Point is the picnic area near the tip of the peninsula that juts into the lake.

Because this is a Colorado State Park, there is a fee of $8 per car per day to enter the park.  We recognize that not all families can afford to pay the entrance fee while others may not have the time to drive all the way down there to get their kiddos to the park. Therefore, as in years past, carpools will be leaving DSA promptly at 11 a.m. to take kids in need of rides to Chatfield, returning to DSA between 8:30 and 9pm. (Please note, return time to DSA is approximate, so check with your child or the driver for a more accurate arrival time.) If you are able to be a carpool driver, please click here to sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ba9a92aa5f94-august5.   If you are in need of a ride, simply sign up on the sheet in the orchestra room during that first week of school.  All parents of students catching a ride to Chatfield will need to fill out, sign, and submit a permission slip or your student will not be able to ride with another parent.  Alternatively, if you can get your child to and/or from Chatfield, but don’t want to drive to the picnic area or pay the entrance fee, we will have shuttle drivers at the Plum Creek (south) entrance on Roxborough Park Rd., which is the entrance closest to the Marina Point Picnic.  Shuttle drivers will be stationed at the entrance from 11:45 to 12:15 to take kids to the picnic area; pick up at the entrance will be between 8 and 8:30pm.  All children must be met and picked up by 8:30.  And, of course, bringing your kiddo and donations all the way to the picnic area is always an option.

This year, we will be providing an afternoon snack and grilled burgers, hot dogs, and veggie options for dinner.  If you are able to contribute food or other supplies to feed the hungry teens, please sign up here:

Wombat Day Food: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ba9a92aa5f94-august4

Wombat Day Equipment: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ba9a92aa5f94-august6

Please note that this year we’re asking students to either bring a lunch with them to eat at the park, or eat lunch before they arrive at the park.  We will not be preparing lunch at the park for the kids because of the later start time.

We also need parent volunteers to chaperone our students at the park, prepare and lay out snacks and dinner, and supervise the activities.  If you are available and willing to cover a shift or two during the day, please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ba9a92aa5f94-august5

The seniors and juniors are in the process of organizing lots of fun activities, team-building games, and get-to-know-you interactions.  There will also be paddle-boarding and/or kayaking on Chatfield Lake, a beach where you can hang out with your friends, and team skits presented at the end of the day by each team for everyone’s enjoyment.

The cost for the park reservation fee and all of these activities is $25/student, payable to DSP by check or cash.  We’ll be collecting the fee at the back-to-school picnic on August 19, and also have waiver forms available for the paddle boarding.  Please click here for the paddle-boarding waiver form.

Terrie Tyree will be also be collecting money and forms in the forms box in the orchestra room the first week of school.

To make this day as fun for everyone as possible, please consider leaving your pet at home.  Parents, if you’d like to let your dog scamper around the park, please plan on staying at the park with your dog.  Chaperones are not responsible for caring for your pet and your student will be too busy with activities to keep an eye on Fido.  Thank you.

Wombat will be tons of fun and we’re looking forward to seeing as many orchestra members as possible at the park on August 25!!

Dr. Lasansky

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Preliminary Auditions for 2018-19

Middle School requirements:

A classical solo of your choice demonstrating lyrical and technical abilities. Two scales a major scale of your choice and a melodic minor scale of your choice. Two octaves required, three octaves encouraged.

No sight reading at the audition.

High school:

We will no longer require the Western States orchestral excerpts. Instead, we will use pieces that DSAO will be playing in 2018-19.

Tchaikovsky String Serenade

Violin: 1st. mov: L-N,      Waltz m181- end,   4th mov: m108-letter E

Viola: 1st. mov:  m 218-m 235,  Waltz 5 after D to letter E,  4th mov m108 to letter C

Cello 1st. mov: m 177 to m 189  and   m.226 -m 265,  Elegy m79-m96  4th mov. letter B to m.128

Bass 1st. mov: m226 -249  and m 275- m293 Waltz m95-m103 Elegy m109-m136 4th mov. m192-m 232

A classical solo of your choice demonstrating lyrical and technical abilities. Please prepare two scales, three-octave  Db Major and three-octave c# melodic minor.
No sight reading at the audition

High School String and Full Orchestra
Music Preparation

The High School string orchestra has been invited to play at CMEA in January 2019! We will probably perform Tchaikovsky Serenade there (all movements are now on the website). Please study Bartok Divertimento (on the website) since there’s a good chance we will be performing this as well next year.

For Full Orchestra please start studying and listening to Stravinsky’s  Petrushka. Due to copyright restrictions, the parts can’t be printed. However, you can see the parts clearly on our website using a computer or tablet.

I hope everyone is having a good summer!”

Dr. L

Back-to-School Night, August 23

Dear Orchestra Students and 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 23rd on your calendar for DSA’s Back to School Night.

DSAO Awarded the American Prize

The Denver School of the Arts Symphony in Denver CO, Enrique Lasansky, conductor is the 2017-18 winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance in the public magnet school division. The Denver School of the Arts Symphony was selected from applications reviewed recently from all across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize has attracted hundreds of qualified contestants from all fifty states since its founding, has awarded more than $50,000 in prizes in all categories since 2010, and is presented annually in many areas of the performing arts.

Link to official announcement: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2018/07/winning-ensembles-orchestras-2017-18.html

DYAO Award
The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2017-18—youth orchestra division

The American Prize winner:
Denver Young Artists Orchestra
Denver CO
Wes Kenney, conductor

Make sure that your Emails are updated

We at OFA hope that you had a wonderful summer. It is very important that each family have at least one email address that is actively monitored for DSAO news.  Email is the primary source of up-to-date information.  Please click the appropriate link at the bottom or reply to this email if an address needs to be deleted (“unsubscribe from this list”), changed (“update subscription preferences”) or added.  Thank you so much.

DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!


Fall Concert

Saturday, Oct 13, 7pm
Sunday, Oct 14, 3pm

Fall Chamber Concert

Friday, Nov 30, 7pm

Winter Concert

Saturday, Dec 8, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 9, 3pm

Spring Concert

Saturday, Mar 2, 7pm
Sunday, Mar 3, 3pm

ASTA NOF in Albuquerque 

March 6-9

Spring Chamber Concert

Friday, Apr 26, 7pm

Spring Orchestra Concert

Saturday, May 4, 7pm
Sunday, May 5, 3pm