DSAO Newsletter Week of December 16, 2018

Successful Silent Auction and Concert

Thank you to all of Our Volunteers!

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To Do Week of December 16

  • Wednesday, December 19: CSO Rehearsal Payment Due

Upcoming Events

  • Stock show January 22-24
    • Rehearsal: Tuesday 1/22 starting at 8 or 8:30pm.  The bus will leave DSA at approx.  6pm.
    • Performances: Wednesday & Thursday 1/23 & 1/24 at 7pm.  The bus will leave DSA approx.  5pm.
  • CMEA Honor Performance, January 26, 9am Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs.

Colorado Symphony Rehearsal with Itzhak Perlman

Jan 10: 9:15a-1:30p

$10 Payment by 12/19

Both the MS & HS orchestras will be going on a field trip January 10th from 9:15 – 1:30, to the Colorado Symphony Rehearsal with Itzhak Perlman.  Cost is $10.00 per student, and must be paid to Terrie Tyree by 12/19 (cash or check payable to DPS).   We’re also looking for a few chaperones.  Please let Terrie know if you can help (tyreeworld@centurylink.net). 

From OFA President Alenka Han:

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, helped, or in any way contributed to our annual orchestra dinner, silent auction, and winter concert.  Thanks to you, the event was an enormous success and raised close to $2400 which will help defray some of the costs of our upcoming trip to Albuquerque.  Yay!!

Special thanks go out to Melinda Kunzler for cooking up fabulous soups for us to enjoy; Heather Hampton for all her work organizing, cooking, and helping in every way imaginable; Hillary Chartrand for getting lots of auction items; Alex & Michelle Costantino for auction set up; and Peggy Mroz for working from early set up through clean up.

But, the biggest thank you must go out to Carol Fennell, without whose incredible vision and countless hours spent cooking, collecting donations, putting together baskets, selling tickets, drafting reminders, and organizing every auction detail, the auction and dinner would not have happened.

We are a stronger orchestra thanks to the dedicated work of these tireless volunteers.

Thank you!!  Alenka Han

Lily Primus Featured on CPR Holiday Music Compilation

Our very own harpist, Lily Primus, is a featured performer on CPR’s new holiday CD, Comfort and Joy.  She performs Greensleeves with the Colorado Chamber Players.  You can read about Lily’s contribution to the CD and contact CPR to order a copy of it by clicking here: https://www.cpr.org/classical/story/comfort-joy-is-cpr-classicals-new-holiday-compilation

Way to go, Lily!

Colorado All-State Orchestra

February 7-9, 2019

Congratulations to the following students who were accepted into Colorado All-State Orchestra, which will be February 7-9, 2019 in Ft. Collins:

Thea Dardanis, cello
Claire Harris, viola
Anne Martz, flute
Daniel Orthel, trombone
Lily Primus, harp
Ben Segall, oboe
Caden Sader, flute
Dylan Tyree, cello

2018 – 2019 Preview Mornings Tour Guides Needed!

Dear Parents,

DSA preview days continue second semester, and we need your help to sell our fantastic orchestra program to prospective students!

Do you remember what it was like when you were first considering DSA for your student?  How much you appreciated the insights and words of advice you got from your DSA parent-tour guide?  Well, it’s time to pay it forward!

Just a few hours of your time may help us recruit more instrumentalists for the orchestra.  (We especially need cellos in middle school! Hint. Hint.)

Missed preview training?  No worries!  Ms. Odom’s training session is viewable on youtube.  Please contact Melinda Kunzler our preview coordinator for the link or any further questions you may have!

So, please, please sign up for next semester’s positions (CLICK HERE) so that we can ensure the orchestra is well represented in April as DSA welcomes families considering enrolling their talented kiddos in our very special school.

Thank you Orchestra Family!

ASTA in Albuquerque Travel Reminders
March 6 – 10, 2019

Thank you to all the parents and students who joined us recently for the travel meeting.  The meeting was very well attended, and we 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 3 of 4 installment payments for the trip are past due.  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 ASAP so that we have the cash on hand to make our payments to ASTA.  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)  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 ASAP 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.

Master Classes for Hands-on Learning

Observe expert clinicians 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 eclectic styles and chamber music.

Learn more about master class clinicians.

Know a student or interested in being a student for a master class? Apply today, and no later than Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Orchestra Closet  Open – Accepting Donations!

The DSAO orchestra closet stores outgrown but still very wearable concert attire donated by orchestra families.  This clothing and formal attire is available to any orchestra family for outfitting their growing musician. Let us know if you are in need of anything from the closet.

Now that we are into concert season has your musician managed to outgrow all of that fabulous concert attire? Don’t let those items collect dust in the back of their closet.

Donate them. We are always accepting donations of concert attire for the closet.

We have collection boxes in the orchestra room throughout the school year.

So send in those outgrown suits, tuxedos, dress shirts, bow ties, cummerbunds, dresses, tops, skirts, pants and shoes and we will add them to our growing closet.

Have a clothing request from the closet or have questions?

Contact Chris Engel (cengel_md@yahoo.com)

DSAO King Soopers Cards are Now Available

Terri Tyree has a new batch of King Soopers Cards, ready for pickup! Please note that the cards come loaded with $2.50, which is what we charge for them.  Correct change is appreciated, or alternatively feel free to write a check, made payable to DPS.   Students can bring in the money & come see me and I will give them the card(s).
More information is below.  Thank you so much!

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!

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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