DSAO Newsletter Week of February 10, 2019

Audition Volunteers/Donations Needed Saturday

ASTA Mandatory Meeting 2/21

Please Read Important Strike Update from Dr. L

Summary Headlines – Please Read
*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.  MANDATORY ASTA ALBUQUERQUE TRIP MEETINGDr. L., the travel committee, and trip chaperones are hosting a mandatory meeting for orchestra and band parents and students on Thursday February 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the DSA Cafeteria/Commons.  We will discuss trip details including meals, activities, dress, rules, etc.  See you there!Audition Volunteers, donations and concession volunteers needed Playing test segments belowSenior Recitals begin in March!ASTA Albuquerque Trip information A copy of medical insurance card is needed as soon as possibleMedication Release Form due by Feb. 22 at noon. NO EXCEPTIONSMount Rushmore Music Festival Summer Academy Priority Deadline Feb. 15.Make sure that you like and share the DSAO Facebook page, especially when we have upcoming events!The Orchestra Closet is Open and Available!URGENT: Please Fund Our Master Mentors!  Please contribute what you can so that DSAO can reach 100% participation.    To Do Week of February 10February 16: Audition DayUpcoming EventsMarch 6-10: ASTA in AlbequerqueSenior Recitals
3/12 7pm  Frances Martin
3/14 7pm  Fin Costello & Joe Cohen
3/15 7pmAnna-Claire Schultz & Nell Rudoff
3/18 5pm Caitie Noles & D’Marco Martinez
3/18 7pm Alex Han & Mary Fox 
3/19 5:15pm  Sabrina Towne
3/21 7pm Landon Fennell
3/22 5pm  Aubrey Empson
 2018-2019 DSAO Performance Schedule

Dear DSAO families,

Negotiations between DPS and DCTA broke down again on Saturday.  DPS has announced that  teachers will go on strike tomorrow. Recently I wrote to you regarding  my intention not to participate in the strike. My only reason for this decision  was to continue rehearsing our orchestras  for our upcoming trip/competition. However, I was subsequently informed that if I reported to work during a strike, nobody could guarantee that I would be able to hold rehearsals. This is because I could be assigned to supervision duties as needed, in order to keep the building open.  

By crossing the picket line I could  be weakening the teachers’ position in the dispute without being able to continue   rehearsals. That would not be acceptable. Therefore, I have changed my previous decision and will  join the vast majority of my fellow teachers in the strike tomorrow. 

My hope is that the strike will be short and that  teachers will  be successful  in achieving much needed changes  in the compensation system. Should the strike last longer than a week, I will be in touch with you about alternate rehearsal strategies! 

Thank you for your continued support!
Dr. Lasansky
Concessions and Audition Volunteers Needed

2019 Audition Days Volunteers Needed!Hello orchestra families!  We will be needing student and parent volunteers to help with auditions on Saturday February 16th. We will need:4 High School students to help Dr. L as peer judges3 8th Grade or above student ambassadors to help with check in/warm ups1 Parent volunteerSnack donationsPlease CLICK HERE for available slots!  Thank you!Location: Orchestra Room/Hallway  2018 – 2019 Concessions & Merchandise Sales
We still need concessions volunteers for our upcoming concerts, and our March 3 concert in particular.  Please CLICK HERE to sign up.  Thank you so much!

 Playing Tests
Below are the playing test spots. Test date will be announced soon and will take place after Feb.10.
 High School
Violin I
Petrouchka: 46-56 68-72
Ellington: 46-58, 128-132
Beethoven 5: 32-56, 400-F
Mahler: 9 after 2 (6 flat key change)-9 before 3 (2 sharp key change)

Violin II
Mahler: 16 after 2 – 3
Petrushka: 54-56 & one after 68- one before 72 (top part) 
Beethoven: 400 to F 
3 Black Kings: 2 before D to 2 after E (first part) 

Beethoven Symphony No. 5: measure 143-B 1st mvt.
The Three Black Kings: B-measure 54 1st mvt.
Petrouchka: number 68-73 


Mahler Adagietto: Beginning to Reh 1, top line (everyone) 
Beethoven 5: 1st Movement: 142 – Reh. B
Petrouchka: Ms.  6-9
Rehearsal Number 2- Rehearsal Number 3


Beethoven 5, 24 before D to 7 bars after D
Petrouchka: 55 -56
 Middle School
 Violin I
La Espanola: 43-45 95-100
Palladio 11-18
Yumiweeus 132-138
Carmen: Les Toreadors 1-17
Pavane 47-56

Violin II
La Espanola 18-26 95-100
Palladio 11-18
Yumiweeus 30-37 (choose top or bottom)
Carmen Habanera 13-21 Les Toreadors 17-25
Pavane 31-34 39-42

La Espanola 19-24
Palladio 3-6 43-45
Yumiweeus 49-59 (choose top or bottom -play  solo parts)
Carmen  Aragonaise 132-139 Habanera 13-21
Pavane 44-59


La Espanola 
Pavane 2-5 35-38 (everybody plays top part)
Yumiweeus 68-76 (choose either part) 
Carmen:Les Toreadors 17-25 77-79

 Yumiweeus, 23  30 and   117 to mm 122


SUMMER ACADEMY June 29th – July 21st, 2019
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, South Dakota

Financial Aid Priority Deadline: February 15th, 2019
Rushmore Music Festival’s Summer Academy places a strong focus on the individualized learning through a rigorous and intensive environment. Without an orchestral component, the private instruction and chamber music coachings are at the heart of growth for every musician at the Rushmore Music Festival. Every day, students have two designated hours of individual practice time and two hours of chamber music rehearsal, in order to make immense leaps in their development in just three weeks. Students attend weekly faculty concerts with additional opportunities to observe faculty rehearsals, as they prepare for their own performances and the annual Chamber Music Competition.

What sets the Rushmore Music Festival apart from other programs is the integration of supportive classes such as Music Theory & Ear Training, Public Speaking & Acting, Improvisation, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics – all with the intention of giving students a solid foundation of musical concepts, while creating well-rounded, communicative young artists.

Applications are open to intermediate-advanced students ages 12 through college, studying violin, viola, cello, piano, and composition. 

Start your online application today and resume at any time! 
 Summer Academy Highlights2 hour-long lessons per week2 hour-long chamber music coachings per weekWeekly studio/performance classesAnnual Student Chamber Music Competition & AwardsInstrumental Application Requirements:Submit a recent video recording of 2 contrasting pieces that demonstrate musical and technical abilityString students must also submit a recording of two 3-octave major scales of applicant’s choosing in half notes (quarter note = 60 BPM)Completed Online Student Application$50 Application Fee (non-refundable)Composition Academy Highlights2 hour-long lessons per weekComputer Notation/Engraving & 20th Century Techniques classesWorkshop and record your composition with RMF FacultyCollaborate with a student chamber group & premiere your compositionComposition Application Requirements:2 examples of your composition (sheet music in .pdf format + audio/video recording, midi accepted)Completed Online Student Application$50 Application Fee (non-refundable)Program Tuition & Deadlines

$2,950 for On-Campus students (includes Room & Board)

Financial Aid & Merit Scholarships available with priority given to need-based requests.

Financial Aid Priority Deadline: February 15th, 2019
Final Application Deadline: April 1st, 2019

 Student Counselors: Full-time and part-time counselor positions for students over the age of 18 are open for the 2019 Summer Academy. This is not a paid position. Benefits include full or partial cover of room and board & program tuition. A complete list of benefits and counselor responsibilities can be found on the Summer Academy application.What are our students saying about their experience at the 2018 Summer Academy?

“The most important thing I learned from this camp is purpose. Being surrounded by top-level musicians and faculty reinforced to me why I want to be a musician and why chamber music has a special place in my heart.”

“The growth I’ve had as a player throughout my time here has been astounding! It has been amazing meeting people from all around the country who share my passions.”

“Music is about how well you can communicate to the audience. This, I believe, will change the way I approach music forever.”
 To learn more about the Rushmore Music Festival, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please contact us at RushmoreMusicFestival@gmail.com or by calling (605) 646-3146.APPLY

ASTA in Albuquerque Travel Reminders
March 6 – 10, 2019Trip Medication Release Form Due Feb 22, 2019 at Noon.  NO EXCEPTIONS. CLICK HERE for linkCopy of medical insurance card needs to be handed into Terrie Tyree as soon as possible Trip TipsTip 1, For cello and bass’, and any other instrument without a hard case: Either rent, borrow or buy a hard case for your instrument. They will be transported in the luggage compartment of the bus to/from ASTA.  We’ll make every effort to have only instruments in one bus, and all of the luggage will be transported in the luggage compartment of the other two buses.  Small instruments can be taken on the bus with the student. Trip Meeting Documents
Links for the agenda (CLICK HERE), cost breakdown (CLICK HERE), and preliminary itinerary  (CLICK HERE) are provided for your convenience. A few items that require immediate attention: Trip Payments and Forms to Complete
1)  Trip Payments:  Full payment is 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.  The payment schedule is:   High School                $1,023.00 $125 to be brought for foodMiddle School$1,020.00$125 to be brought for food2)  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 ASAPin 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. 
National Association for Music Composition

Student Composers CompetitionEncourage your K-12 students to enter the Student Composers Competition
Deadline for applications is March 29.NAfME is seeking original music written by student composers for featured performance in the Young Composers Concert at the National Conference in Orlando, Florida, this November. Teachers and students are invited to submit original compositions by students for possible inclusion in the concert. Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and graduate school are eligible to submit compositions.Compositions may also be submitted for specific chamber instrumentation and may be eligible for performance at the Young Composers Concert and a cash award. Compositions submitted that fall outside of the choral or chamber instrumentation guidelines will be adjudicated but will not be eligible for awards or for performance.Up to ten winning composers will receive cash awards, thanks to the generous support of the European American Musical Alliance (Dr. Philip Lasser, president) and the Double R Foundation. All entrants will receive written evaluations of their compositions.
Learn more:2019 Rules and Entry Directions2019 Student Acknowledgement and School Sponsorship formHear the 2018 Winning CompositionsThe deadline for applications is March 29, 2019. Learn more here

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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 2018/19 DSAO PERFORMANCESSpring ConcertSaturday, Mar 2, 7pm
Sunday, Mar 3, 3pmASTA NOF in Albuquerque 

March 6-9

Spring Chamber ConcertFriday, Apr 26, 7pmSpring Orchestra ConcertSaturday, May 4, 7pm
Sunday, May 5, 3pm