DSAO News & Updates Week of Sept 24, 2018

Dear DSA Orchestra,

A thousand “thank you’s” can’t express how truly grateful we are for the DSA Orchestra!  Many families came together and organized a beautiful, moving memorial that we will always treasure.  Thank you to the high school orchestra, including several alumni, for performing “Adagio for Strings.”  And thank you to the Senior players for “Ashokan Farewell.” Everyone played with such poise and passion, given the circumstance, and both songs were beautiful.  

Thank you so much for the hoodie, tree, and guest book.  These are amazing mementos that we will always hold close to our hearts.   Thank you to all who brought food to the reception! The extra food fed many of our family members/friends and the unopened food was donated to a food shelter.  

You have been a part of our lives for many years.  It is difficult to express how sad it will be to attend future concerts without Roni somewhere in the viola section; but we are and will continue to be an orchestra family and look forward to the next concert.  We are grateful beyond words for your friendship during this difficult time.

Thanks again,

Michelle, Hank, and Indiya Williams

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Upcoming Events

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


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.

Violinist and Golf Champion

On Sept 12, 2018 (previously scheduled for Sept 5th, delayed then re-scheduled due to heavy rain), Ryan Sangchompuphen, Sophomore, Orchestra/Violin, won the Denver Public School Varsity Cup by 7 strokes at Kennedy Golf Course, with a round of 73 at the final DPS tournament of the season.   Ryan also claimed his 1st ever Individual Denver Varsity League medalist title and helped East High School Boys Golf claim the team title in the league too.

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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

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