Honors & Awards


DSAO Wins the 2020 American Prize in Orchestral Performance!

The Denver School of the Art Orchestra (DSAO) has been selected as 2020 winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance in the High School Division. The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation’s most comprehensive series of contests in the classical arts. The American Prize is nonprofit, unique in scope and structure, and is designed to evaluate, recognize and reward the best performers, ensembles and composers in the United States.

Congratulations to Maria Ciobanu on performing with the Phamaly Theater Company for the collaboration with DYAO on Ellis Island.

Welcome incoming 6th graders Jerry and Carl Krim who also perform on behalf of Phamaly in Ellis Island, and are concertmaster and principal cellist of the string ensemble performing the Holberg Suite during the same concert, which is March 1, 2020 at the Boettcher Concert Hall.


Congratulations to DSAO’s very own Lily Primus! Ms Primus is the first prize winner of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra concerto competition. She will be performing Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro with the DYAO in Boettcher Hall on Sunday April 26th.

DSA middle school orchestra student Camryn Olsten performed with the Piano Guys at Red Rocks to a standing ovation! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dz6SyvV0Mw&feature=youtu.be

Camryn also won in the following competitions:

EOP String Junior Competition at Metro State: 1st Place
Young Artist Alliance (TASHCO): 1st Place in Senior B Division

Ginevra Strasser won 1st prize in the Rising Stars Junior Instrumental division
Rising Stars Junior Ensembles: 1st Place with DSA Middle School Orchestra students

Camryn Olsten: 1st Violin
Ginevra Strasser: 2nd Violin
Chloe : Viola
Sydelle Buyungo: Cello

Colorado All-State Orchestra

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

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-compilationWay to go, Lily!

Congratulations! DSAO string student Leslie Wilburn’s composition, O’Poveste, will premier Sunday Oct 28th and Nov 4th.
Performance by Colorado Young Sinfonia.