Summer News Update: July 30, 2017

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.
  • Volunteers needed at Registration!  August 8-10
  • Wombat Day sign-ups below!
  • August 20 potluck: more information forthcoming!
  • 2017-2018 DSAO Performance Schedule
  • Middle and high school preparing for a memorable year of events!
    • Since this will be a year of travelling, be on the lookout for information and meeting dates as we get closer to the school year
    • Full Orchestra will attend the CMEA Conference as an Honor Performing Group
      • All three orchestras were chosen, but Dr. L has selected the full orchestra to participate.
      • Jan. 25, 2018: pre-CMEA lunch and concert with CU Boulder Orchestra
    • March 1-11, 2018High School Competes in Orchestra Cup, New York, and then travels to Atlanta for ASTA National Orchestra Festival
    • March 8-11Middle School at ASTA, Atlanta
  • For summer preparations: placement audition materials below

Save the Date!

  • Aug. 8-10Registration Volunteers Needed.
  • Sun, August 20: Welcome back potluck
  • Sat. Aug. 26: Wombat Day-For all middle and high school students! – Sign-ups below!
  • Sat. Sept. 9, 5:30p: (High School) Gala Night!
  •  Early Sept: High School Western State Auditions Due (Click Here)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun. Oct. 8: Friends of Chamber Music Free Family Concert
  • Please click here for the 2017-2018 schedule (the full schedule is also at the bottom of the newsletter).  As events get closer they will be displayed in this section.  Please check this space for any revisions as the year gets closer.

Registration Days August 8-10

During Registration August 8-10DSAO will staff a table to assist families with general questions, collect student fees, and sign-up with the Orchestra Family Association to volunteer with various activities during the year. We need help during Registration, so please see the sign-up sheet (Click Here) to find times you are able to assist (students and parents are welcome to apply!). Thank you for helping to ensure a smooth registration period!

Wombat Day, August 26

We hope each of you can make it to our annual DSA Orchestra Student Retreat! Attendance at this student-led one-day event getaway is strongly recommended by Dr. Lasansky as it is an opportunity for students to build relationships with one another.

Sign-ups below:

Carpool and Chaperones

Equipment Donations

Food Donations

Congratulations Maria Ciobanu Performing as Annie at DCPA!

Through August 6th

Click below for Tickets

“A country feeling uncertain…
An orphan searching for connection and family…
A wealthy businessman who has lost touch…
And an opportunity to find hope and love in unexpected places.

“Phamaly’s 2017 musical tells the story of the energetic and optimistic Annie, an orphan living in Depression-era America. Based on Little Orphan Annie, Harold Gray’s popular 1920s comic strip, Annie is the epitome of resilience amidst struggle.”

Run Time:  Estimated 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission
Age Recommendation:  ANNIE is an all-ages show.

Ticket Price:  $28-37
Groups of 10+:  $27

Please call Martha Perantoni at 303-365-0005, ext 3

Special Pricing:

Sensory Friendly on Thurs Aug 3 – $20

PURCHASE tickets by calling the DCPA box office at 303.893.4100 or click here.

DSAO one of Fifteen Contestants
in the National Orchestra Championships

In the heart of New York City at the elegant Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Orchestra Cup – National Orchestra Championships is held annually to crown the top school orchestra in the nation.

Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.  Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art.  The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup!

Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group

From CMEA President Raleigh “Butch” Eversole:Congratulations to you and the DSA Advanced Full Orchestra from Denver School of the Arts for your selection as an “Honor Performing Group” for the 2018 CMEA Clinic/Conference!

We had 130 audition submissions this year, so it is truly an elite honor to be chosen for this exciting event.  The competition was quite strong and the quality very deep among the submissions received.  Over the next several months there will be apprehension, excitement and anticipation in preparing for your performance.  Whether it’s your first or tenth time to have a group chosen, I congratulate you and your students for a job well done.  Your work and quest for excellence is respected and honored by all music educators in Colorado!

DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition

The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry.

Competitive groups perform for placement within their own division: Middle School, High School, or Youth Orchestra. The NOF has the opportunity for two Grand Champions, both of whom will play in the NOF Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  There will be a Grand Champion for the Public School Division and one from the Private School/Youth Orchestra Division.

DSAO 2017-18: New and Returning Students

At the beginning of each year we give a “preliminary placement” audition.  Preparing these materials during the summer will put you in great shape to begin DSAO!

Middle School:

For new and existing middle school students, prepare a solo piece of your choice along with one major scale and one melodic minor scale (two octaves with 0-3 sharps or flats) plus a two-octave g chromatic scale. Three octave scales are optional. You will also be asked to sight read.

High School:

The audition consists of the same materials used for Western States Honor Orchestra and Colorado All-State Orchestra.  You can find those materials here: (make sure you listen to recordings of the pieces so you have a good sense of how your part fits into the piece!)  In addition, please prepare  a movement (at least the exposition) of a major solo piece. Sight reading will also be required.

Dr. Lasansky

DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that the money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser will now 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 trips.  King Soopers sends 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.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at or Lisa Scheve at

Thank you!

Are you looking for a new violin teacher?
CSO Violinist Allegra Wermuth expanding studio

Allegra Wermuth, an incredibly talented and motivating private violin teacher, is expanding her studio and will be accepting new violin students.  Allegra is the Assistant Principal Second Violin for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  She currently teaches three DSA orchestra students, Anna Clair Schultz, Mary Fox, and Michael Han, all of whom adore her and have made enormous musical strides under her tutelage.  She teaches out of her studio in Golden.  If interested, please contact Allegra at or (303) 917-5285.


Fall Concert

Friday, Oct 6, 7pm
Saturday, Oct 7, 3pm

Fall Chamber Concert

Friday, Nov 17, 7pm

Winter Concert

Saturday, Dec 16, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 17th, 3pm

Spring Concert

Friday, Feb 23, 7pm
Saturday, Feb 24, 3pm

Spring Chamber Concert

Friday, Apr 27, 7pm

Spring Pops Concert

Saturday, May 12, 3pm
Sunday, May 13, 3pm