Summer News August 3, 2015


Save the Date!

  • Tuesday, August 18, 5-9p: DSAO Picnic!
  •  Wednesday, Sept. 16: High School Western State Auditions Due (Click Here)

Upcoming Events

  • Please click here for the 2015-2016 schedule.  As events get closer they will be displayed in this section.

Back-to-School Picnic/Potluck

The Back-to-school picnic will be at 5:00 pm-9:00 pm on Tuesday August 18th at Stapleton Central Park picnic area (the same area as last year).

Thank you to all who have replied and signed up to assist.  Please RSVP at this link (Click here) and also sign up at that link to assist with potluck or other items.  This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with old friends and to introduce new students to our community.  We look forward to seeing you all there!


I don’t know many people who enjoy auditions. However they are used frequently in the performing arts world.   The good news is that the more experience you can get by taking auditions the easier the process  becomes.

I wanted to give you some advice. I’m thinking mainly of the 9th graders who are coming into Advanced Orchestra, since this may be your first time preparing orchestral excerpts (Western States material). The important thing is to make sure you have a very good concept of the piece (movement) the excerpt is taken from. You can’t be very musical when you play if you don’t have this knowledge. Please listen to (at least) the movement your excerpt is taken from (a bunch of times!) so you understand the mood, the tempo, and how the part “fits in”.

I want to emphasize musicality as a crucial element in evaluations this year. This means playing with feeling, phrasing, dynamics, color and having some knowledge of the pieces and the composers.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Lasansky

For those of you who want to get started with next fall’s seating auditions.

High School: Western States audition music

Middle School:

  1. A classical solo of your choice (must demonstrate technical and lyrical playing)
  2. Two or three octave A major and c minor scale.
  3. Sight- reading

Websites for Next Year’s
National Competitions

Please visit these websites and become more acquainted with the competitions that our students have successfully qualified for next year.  Congratulations again to our young musicians for your hard work!

  • High School: Midwest Clinic – Chicago, Illinois • Dec. 15-19, 2015 (Click Here)
  • Middle School: ASTA National Orchestra Festival – Tampa Bay, Florida • March 3-5, 2016 (Click Here)

Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program

The school year is fast approaching and we wanted to remind you about the $300 fee,  per family,  for our Master Mentors program.  This is an expectation for all DSAO families.

For all of our new members of DSAO: we use this money throughout the year  to bring in a whole team of outstanding musicians to work with DSAO students. These mentors work with individual sections, coach chamber music, and sometimes work one on one with students. This  aspect of the  DSAO program is one of the main things that set us apart from other school orchestra programs and help us achieve the excellence we are accustomed to.

Contributions can be made by check or through the DSA Friends Foundation at  If you can’t make the payment all at once, please do so in monthly installments.   Please make checks payable to DSA Friends Foundation, and put “Orchestra family contribution” or “master mentor” in the memo line.

This is also a fantastic way for family and friends to support your student! Please pass along the website link to those you know are interested in supporting our programs.

For further information, please visit the OFA Fundraising website.

Fundraising Opportunities: Advertising and House Parties

We’d love your help to secure community support for DSAO visiting artists and travel!  If you are ready to roll up your sleeves, check out our updated concert ad brochure.  Businesses or families can take out ads that appear for the entire season (4 concerts) or just once as a note of congratulations.

Please put “Advertising”  in the subject line and contact  This is also a good way to put a personal message of congratulations for your student, to be displayed in the program.

We also encourage you to schedule a back-to-school house party featuring DSAO musicians and ask the attendees to support  this year’s trips.  It’s a fun and easy way to introduce friends, family and community to the excellence of our program and could garner DSAO fans for years to come.

Questions or want to book a small group?  Email or call Noelle at 303-477-3200

Openings for 2015-2016 OFA Volunteers!

Thanks so much to all who volunteered in whatever capacity last year with OFA.  As you know so well, parent support and fundraising are critical to our program.   Please visit BringIt to sign up for open positions for 2015-2016, or reply to this email indicating your particular skills and interests.

No contribution is too small.  Every minute of volunteer time is valuable and appreciated.

YoungArts Foundation Application

The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, or NFAA) would like to offer our most talented art students the opportunity of a lifetime. From April 21, 2015 through October 16, 2015, YoungArts will be accepting applications for its 2016 Program.

For more information and application instructions, please Click here