DSAO Newsletter Week of January 20, 2019

National Western Stockshow


ASTA Forms and Reminders

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Stock show January 22-24
    • Tuesday 01/22/19 (3 Buses)
      Pickup at school at 630pm (off of Montview)
      Return to school sometime after 12am
      Also need a Big Truck for equipment.
    • Wednesday 01/23/19 (3 Buses)
      Pickup at school 530pm
      Return to school after 9pm
    • Thursday 01/24/19 ( 3 Buses)
      Pickup at school 530pm
      Return to school after 9pm
      Need Big Truck for equipment
  • CMEA Honor Performance, January 26, 9am Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs.
    • Bus leaves at 6AM – Montview side
    • Kids can bring something to eat on the bus if they’d like.
    • Warm up is at 8AM
    • Performance is at 9AM
  • February 7-9: Colorado All-State Orchestra
  • March 6-10: ASTA in Albequerque

Evening of Dancing Horses
2019 National Western Stock Show

Please familiarize yourself with this link to the schedule of performance

  • Tuesday 01/22/19 (3 Buses)
    Pickup at school at 630pm (off of Montview)
    Return to school sometime after 12am
    Also need a Big Truck for equipment.
  • Wednesday 01/23/19 (3 Buses)
    Pickup at school 530pm
    Return to school after 9pm
  • Thursday 01/24/19 ( 3 Buses)
    Pickup at school 530pm
    Return to school after 9pm
    Need Big Truck for equipment

Support DSA and have a great time!

DSA Orchestra is performing once again at the Evening of Dancing Horses, at the 2019 National Western Stock Show. To show the National Western how much we appreciate them showcasing our kids’ talent – and paying them to play – we would like to have as large a group as possible at the performances on January 23 and 24. You can buy discounted tickets for DSA friends and family and some proceeds will go to DSA! Please CLICK HERE to buy the discounted tickets (promo code is DSA). See you there!

ASTA in Albuquerque Travel Reminders
March 6 – 10, 2019

  • Trip Medication Release Form Due Feb 22, 2019 at Noon.  NO EXCEPTIONS. CLICK HERE for link
  • Copy of medical insurance card needs to be handed into Terrie Tyree as soon as possible

Trip Tips

  • Tip 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 now 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


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

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.

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 this 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!

National Association for Music Composition

Student Composers Competition

Encourage 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:

The deadline for applications is March 29, 2019. Learn more here



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 Highlights

  • 2 hour-long lessons per week
  • 2 hour-long chamber music coachings per week
  • Weekly studio/performance classes
  • Annual Student Chamber Music Competition & Awards

Instrumental Application Requirements:

  • Submit a recent video recording of 2 contrasting pieces that demonstrate musical and technical ability
  • String 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 Highlights

  • 2 hour-long lessons per week
  • Computer Notation/Engraving & 20th Century Techniques classes
  • Workshop and record your composition with RMF Faculty
  • Collaborate with a student chamber group & premiere your composition

Composition 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.

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