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2018 ASTA Master Class opportunity: Please sign up at this link (CLICK HERE) by January 21st
CMEA -Performance Friday 1/26 at 11:00am at the Broadmoor.
Student buses will leave DSA at 8:00am and will return approximately at 3:30.
We have some free tickets available for the performance. Please let Terrie Tyree know if you’d like to go & how many tickets you would like.
Please make sure that you are up to date with your trip payments. You should have made the last payment for the middle school trip on January 9, The last high school payment is due February 1.
Master class opportunity with cellist Lynn Harrell; application due Feb. 19.
February 3: Sectionals (Intermediate and Advanced)
February 9: Rehearsals
February 10: Rehearsals and concert
Fri. Feb 23, 7p: Spring Concert
6:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning. Please see handbook for information.
All DSAO students are required to attend
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the event approaches.
Sat. Feb 24, 3p: Spring Concert
2:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning. Please see handbook for information.
All DSAO students are required to attend
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the event approaches.
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 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
Friday, Jan 26, 8a-3:30p
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!
Request for Trip Chaperones
CMEA Jan 26
We need another volunteer to go on the bus to CMEA on the 26th. The bus will leave DSA at 8am, and return approx. 3:30. Please contact Terrie Tyree (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are able to volunteer.
ASTA NOF Master Class Deadline
This is a reminder that, because there has been a lot of interest in the slots for the ASTA NOF master class students for 2018, ASTA has opened an application portal for submissions. The following is a link to the 2018 Master Class student form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018MasterClasses Any students interested in the opportunity must complete the form by January 21st. The submissions will then be reviewed and each student will be notified on their status as to whether they have been selected or not in early February.
Orchestra Trip Payments
2018: Checks Payable to DPS
Please note the following changes and reminders regarding remaining trip payments:
2018 Trip Payments: In 2018, checks will need to be made payable to DPS with the students name/DSAO trip in the memo line.
MS Trip Payments: – Last payment is due 1/9/2018. You will receive an email before school starts back up with the credit amount from your King Soopers Card if you have one, and your balance due.
HS Trip Payments: – Payments due according to payment schedule which is on the DSAO website (1/7 & 1/15, last payment due 2/1/2018). You will also receive an email with the credit amount from your King Sooper Card if you have one, and your balance due before the last payment is due.
Master Class Opportunity with cellist Lynn Harrell
From Colorado Chamber Players:
DSAO cellists and chamber groups have an opportunity to participate in a master class with world renowned cellist Lynn Harrell on Thursday, April 12th, at 7 pm in Thornton.
Lynn Harrell’s presence is felt throughout the musical world. A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, his work throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists.Mr. Harrell is a frequent guest of many leading orchestras including Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and the National Symphony.
The fee to apply is $20 per person. If a chamber group or quartet wishes to apply, each of the four students need to pay the $20 fee. MP3 or link to YouTube recording is acceptable.
Deadline: February 19th, 5 pm
Notification: March 15th, 2018
Students will find a link at that webpage to pay the $20 per student fee, which must be paid at the same as the recording is submitted in order to be considered.
Please Complete Medication Forms for travel
Hello DSAO Families,
Please see the links below to policy and information regarding medications during school trips. Please contact our school nurse, Amy Robinson at email@example.com if your student requires any medication during the trip or if you have any questions.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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!
DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition
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).