DSAO News and Updates Week of October 7 2018

Concert Week!

Concessions Volunteers and Supplies Needed

October 13 and 14

Summary Headlines – Please Read

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To-Do Week of October 7

  • Fall Concert
    • Saturday, October 13 at 7pm
      • 6:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
      • Volunteer concession managers needed for concert. Please CLICK HERE to sign up
    • Sunday, October 14, at 3pm
      • 2:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
      • Volunteer concession managers needed for concert. Please CLICK HERE to sign up

Upcoming Events

Fall Orchestra Concert

Our first concert of the year is this coming weekend!

Saturday, October 13 at 7pm

  • 6:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
  • Volunteer concession managers needed for concert. Please CLICK HERE to sign up

Sunday, October 14, at 3pm

  • 2:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
  • Volunteer concession managers needed for concert. Please CLICK HERE to sign up

The high school will be performing the world premiere
of a new piece by renowned Colorado composer, Susan Day,
Parkland.  We are honored to be presenting this brand new work.

Also on the program: Movements 1 and 2 of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

The high school seniors will also be playing Barber’s Adagio for Strings as a special tribute to Veronica Williams, to whom the concert is being dedicated.

The middle school orchestra will perform Faure’s Pavane and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance no. 5,   In addition, the middle school orchestra will present two fun, vibrant pieces: Yumiweeus by Richard Meyer, and Downtown Funk by Michael Hopkins.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets



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.

Congratulations to Western States Honors Orchestra Students!

Four Denver School of the Arts Orchestra students will attend Western States Honors Orchestra in November.  Congratulations to Landon Fennell, who was accepted to Chamber Orchestra, and to Kai Padilla-SmithLily Primus and Claire Harris, who were accepted to Symphony Orchestra.

They will attend WSHO the weekend of Nov. 1-3, and perform at the Union Colony Theatre on November 3rd, along with over 100 students from high schools in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

ASTA in Albuquerque Travel Update
March 6 – 10, 2019

Thank you to all the parents and students who joined us Thursday night for the travel meeting.  The meeting was very well attended, and I believe many questions were answered.  If you were unable to attend the meeting, links for the agenda (CLICK HERE), cost breakdown (CLICK HERE), and preliminary itinerary  (CLICK HERE) are provided for your convenience.  Please note that the itinerary is preliminary only and will change as we add activities and refine the days’ plans.  Likewise, the cost breakdown is our best estimate at this time and may change if circumstances and bids change as the trip approaches.

A few items that require immediate attention:

1)  Trip Payments:  The first of 4 installment payments for the trip is due THIS FRIDAY, October 12.  Payments should be made online through the My Schoolbucks site or app.  If you are unable to pay online, you may send a check payable to DPS to Terrie.  Please make your payment by this deadline so that we have the cash on hand to make our first payment to ASTA by the deadline of October 15.  Because of a change in the bus quote, we had to revise the payment schedule.  The new payment schedule is:High School


10/12/18        255.00

11/12/18        255.00

12/12/18        256.00

1/12/19          257.00

Total                1023.00


$125 to be brought for food



Middle School


10/12/18        255.00

11/12/18        255.00

12/12/18        255.00

1/12/19          255.00

Total                1020.00


$125 to be brought for food

All payments will be due on the 12th of the month for the next 4 months.

2)  Scholarships:  We have a limited amount of funds at our disposal to use toward need-based scholarships to ensure that all of our students can make it to Albuquerque with us.  If you would like to apply for scholarship funds, please email Tracy Holt, DSA’s Arts Administrative Assistant, at tracy_holt@dpsk12.org by Wednesday, October 10.  DSA’s administration will make decisions concerning scholarship awards and will notify you as soon as they are able.

3)  Chaperones:  If you are interested in being a chaperone for the trip, please email Terrie at tyreeworld@centurylink.net by Wednesday, October 10.  Please be aware that chaperones are asked to pay 1/2 the amount paid by students.  We will try to make final decisions and send out notifications to chaperones by the end of the week.  We anticipate needing 7 orchestra parents (and 3 band parents) to chaperone the high school. and 5 parents to chaperone the middle school.  We would love to have moms and dads, parents from different grades, and both experienced and inexperienced chaperones (the latter so that we can pass on our knowledge and have you ready to carry on the tradition!).

4)  Forms:  The Consent to Emergency Treatment and Durable Power of Attorney forms are required for any off-campus trip.  These forms must be turned into Terrie by December 1, 2018 in order for your child to be allowed on the trip.  These forms can be found on the DSAO website under travel.  In addition, the ASTA Photo Release is required by ASTA.  This form is also available on the DSAO website under travel.

DSA Orchestra’s Winter Silent Auction and Dinner

Is coming….

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

5:30 Dinner and Silent auction before concert.

NO need to cook! Come and enjoy a winter soup and salad dinner before the concert. Details to come.

Be a part of our orchestra community for this great event to raise money for our educational and travel fund!

*Step 1. Donation: We ask that each family donate something to our Orchestra Silent Auction (does not need to be a complete basket). Share your special talent, memorabilia that is collecting dust, a weekend in the condo that you own, lessons, tutoring, or handmade art or jewelry. OR ask the concert hall, restaurant or coffee shop you frequent to donate something or a gift card for our kids. Items collected will be put into a variety of baskets for the auction.

*Step 2. Use this TAX FORM for businesses that donate.

*Step 3. Attach ITEM FORM to your collected items and drop it in Dr L’s office by December 3rd.

*Step 4.RSVP for dinner and come early to bid on auction items before the concert!

($9/adults and $7 student/child). More information and link to follow in future newsletter.

Need to get the creative juices flowing? You can choose to bring items that fit a theme below or bring something entirely different.


Food/Restaurant- Fast food, slow food, cooking, gift certificates

Movie night/shopping (movie tickets, shop certificates, popcorn)

Fun in the Sun or Night under the Stars (Outdoor adventures, live theater etc)

Spa, pamper (massage, spas, lotions, soaps)

Home and Garden

Creativity Unleashed (art, lessons, handmade ornaments, knitting, jewelry)

Music to My Ears (music themed items)

Holiday Cheer

Family Day- Passes, museum tickets, zoo, board games

****We are always looking for baskets or bags that you no longer need!

QUESTIONS: Contact Carolfennellart@gmail.com or ha.hampton@gmail.com for info.

Free Family Concert with Fourth Degree Percussion

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2:00 pm
Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd.
Tickets:  FreeClap your hands and tap your feet while learning about rhythm and the sound patterns that create music.  This FREE family-friendly musical afternoon features Fourth Degree Percussion, an ensemble of musicians from the Lamont School of Music including Alec Flatness, Kevin Keith, James Nickell and Benjamin Yats.

Entertaining and instructive, Fourth Degree will demonstrate minimalist composition, phasing, hocket, and improvisation as they perform the following works:

Steve Reich: “Clapping Music”
John Eriksson: Tråd (for Marimba)
Andrew Beall: Rancho Jubilee (for Cajon trio)
Shaun Tilburg: Four-Minute Psychosis (for two snare drummers)
David Friedmann/Dave Samuels: Carousel (for jazz Marimba/vibraphone)
Wally Gunn: Ore (for two speaking percussionists)
Paul Lansky: Springs (for four multi percussionists)

We’ll have refreshments and hands-on activities in the lobby following this interactive program.  Fun for all ages!

Questions? Call 303-388-9839 or email tickets@friendsofchambermusic.com.

Sunday, October 21, 2018
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Denver School of the Arts
7111 Montview Blvd, Denver

Link to FCM’s website:

DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that new King Soopers gift cards are available.  The money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser 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 our ASTA trip.  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!

Become a Perennial Patron!

From Mr. Kohut:

We are severely lagging behind last year’s participation.  Below is a chart of participation by each major (as of early September).

We must meet the $600,000.00 funding goal so we do not have to trim back each departments allotment for artists.  

Fill the Gap helps to address these realities:

  • DSA is tuition free, but donation dependent.
  • Because DSA gets no extra funding for the arts beyond our mill levy allocation, financial support from all families is required.
  • Fill the Gap was started as a way to unite all DSA families in raising money for the school as a whole
  • Fill the Gap funds a wide variety of areas. While funds raised benefit every department, they also go towards academics, capital improvements, building safety/security, and technology.
  • The gap this year is $1,380 which translates to $115 per month.
  • Monthly donations are encouraged as a way to spread out this expense.
  • Families are asked to participate at a level which fits their budget.
  • Donations are 100% tax deductible
  • This campaign benefits the entire school, not just your arts major.

Thank you so much and contact me if you have any questions.

William Kohut
Denver School of the Arts
Please CLICK HERE to set up your monthly donation.

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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

CMEA Honor Performance

January 26: 9am Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs.

Spring ConcertSaturday, 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