DSAO News and Updates Week of September 30, 2018

Mandatory Travel Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 4, 6:30p

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  • Don’t forget to reload your King Soopers card; 5% goes for this year’s ASTA trips.
    • Cards can be purchased for $2.50 (the amount pre-loaded on the cards) from Terrie Tyree at school, and will be available at the travel meeting this Thursday.
  • URGENT: Please Fund Our Master Mentors!  Please contribute what you can so that DSAO can reach 100% participation.
  • Please note: CMEA Honor Performance, January 26, 9am Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs.
  • Jefferson Symphony Orchestra International Young Artists Competition for Strings
    • Deadline October 31
  • 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

To-Do Week of September 30

  • Thursday, Oct 4 at 6:30 pm, Concert Hall: ASTA Travel Meeting

Upcoming Events

  • Fall Concert
    • Saturday, Oct 13, 7pm
    • Sunday, Oct 14, 3pm

Mandatory Travel Meeting

Thursday, October 4 at 6:30p in the Concert Hall!

Dear DSAO Parents and Students,

It’s time to start planning our trip to Albuquerque for the 2019 ASTA conference and National Orchestra Festival!  To get started on the planning process and update all families about our travel plans, we are asking parents to please attend a mandatory travel meeting this Thursday, October 4, at 6:30 in the concert hall.  We recognize this is late notice, and apologize profusely, but we hope you understand that the delay was unavoidable and that you will nevertheless make every effort to attend the meeting.

A few important details about the trip we wanted to get out to you as quickly as possible:

1)  Trip Dates:  We plan to depart Denver, Wednesday, March 6, and return to Denver, Sunday, March 10.

2)  Hotel:  We will be staying at the Doubletree Hotel, which is within walking distance of the Albuquerque Convention Center,where the ASTA conference will be held.

3)  Payment Schedule:  The orchestra’s first payment to ASTA is due Monday, October 15.  In order to have funds available to make this payment, we must collect a first installment payment from families by Friday, October 12.  We anticipate the following payment schedule. This does not include costs of any other activities that may become available for students.

ASTA Albuquerque, NM

Payment Schedule

High School


10/12/18        230.00

11/12/18        230.00

12/12/18        230.00

1/12/19          230.00

Total                920.00


$125 to be brought for food


Middle School


10/12/18        222.00

11/12/18        222.00

12/12/18        222.00

1/12/19          222.00

Total                888.00


$125 to be brought for food

Although not all the trip details have been confirmed at this time, we will convey as much additional information at the meeting Thursday as is possible.   Hopefully, many of your questions will be answered, but we will do our utmost to answer any additional questions you may have.


We look forward to seeing you there!


DSAO Travel Committee,

Suzi Erickson

Sharon Felser

Heidi Martin

Laurie Ivy


Dr. L, Terrie Tyree, and Alenka Han

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!


Please see concert materials and assignments for each orchestra below:

Middle School

Concert Program:
Faure Pavane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ogPNEDpotY

Brahms Hungarian Dance no.5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzo3atXtm54

Meyer Yumeweeus https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/search.jsp?keywords=yumiweeus&suggested=top-titles

Hopkins Downtown Funk https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/search.jsp?keywords=downtown+funk&suggested=department-filter&pageview=list-view&departments=Orchestra

1. Know  your parts, playing test date will be announced shortly.
2. Listen to recordings of these pieces  on J.W. Pepper or Youtube

High School

Concert Program

Day Parkland
Tchaikovsky Serenade 1,2
Barber  Adagio (seniors only)

Know your parts,playing test date will be announced shortly.
Listen to various recordings of Serenade  including: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHtojYUEVz8&t=25s

Full Orchestra

Study parts  and write in measure numbers if they are missing (Beethoven) for Friday’s rehearsal

1. Petrushka: 1st. mov.

2. Watch and follow your part:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esD90diWZds&t=1010s

3. Beethoven 5 1st. mov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgyB12J6xk8

Dr. L

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