Week of 14 May, 2017

End-of-Year Celebration Next Week!

May 22, 6:30p

Summary Headlines – Please Read

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  • Juries begin next Monday
  • For summer preparations: placement audition materials below
  • Mon, May 22, 6:30p DSA Commons: End of year celebration!  Save the date!
    • Please send payment ASAP
    • Attendance is expected for all DSA students
  • Call for Photos: Please send your good photos of this years’ events to Dr. Lasansky in preparation for our May 22nd end-of-year banquet and for other pages (e.g. Facebook).
  •  King Soopers Cards for Travel
  • DSA Fill the Gap campaign
  • Theta work and High school writing assignments below are due May 15

Upcoming Events


DSAO End of Year Banquet!!

It’s time for our End of Year Banquet Celebration!  We hope that you will be able to attend as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments and events of this past school year.  This is also the time that we give special recognition to our graduating seniors and a warm send-off as they approach the next chapter in their lives! 
This year the event will be held in the DSA Commons and will be catered.  There is a $10 per person fee for this event.  Checks may be made payable to DSAO and turned into the forms box or given to Mrs. Tyree.  You may also give the checks to Tracy Holt in the main office to hold for Mrs. Tyree.

Please take a moment and RSVP with how many in your group that will be attending.  

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Date: 05/22/2017 (Mon.)

Time: 6:30pm MDT

Location: DSA Commons

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: http://www.coloradoallstateorchestra.org/audition-eligibility-and-materials (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, starting May 15, 2017, 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 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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From Susan Knill, Director of Development, DSA Friends Foundation:

Reason #5:
In the midst of this crazy, uncertain world,
Denver School of the Arts is a refuge of beauty.
with classrooms and halls filled with inspiration every day.
Anyone who walks through the school feels it and
understands what a special place DSA is.

Homework Assignments

Please read carefully.  Below is written work for high school as well as theta assignments for middle and high school.  Thank you so much!

High School Dvorak 8 analysis Due May 15

Please analyze  first  mov. in terms of SONATA FORM. For this particular assignment please don’t use a lot of descriptive words. I’m interested in the following:

1. How  does Dvorak use sonata form? (He adheres to it but also changes some things).  Please identify the first theme group (which measures in the movement?) , second theme group, closing theme, development, recap and coda.
2. Identify the keys of all the above sections. Dvorak does some interesting things with the harmony!
3. How does Dvorak use thematic transformation? He does a lot of it!

Again, this should be a one page assignment with lots of symbols and not so many words. Please focus on the form, harmony and usage of motives, fragments etc..(thematic transformation)


High School: Please complete an additional 60 levels by May 15.

Middle School: Please complete an additional 40 levels by May 15.

  • Juries: This year all students except Seniors will be required to play juries. The jury will consist of two scales (same requirements as DSA auditions-see website under:apply) and one movement of a major solo piece.  Juries will begin next Monday.

Summer Camp

July 10-14, 2017

Please see website (CLICK HERE) for further information.

This year the camp will take place at Park Hill Methodist Church.  The regular session begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon.  Children who wish to stay for the Rock ‘n Roll orchestra will finish the day at 1:30 p.m.

Camp Structure

Each day of camp is divided into ensemble playing with coaching, orchestra, and a fun theory class. All camp events take place at Park Hill United Methodist Church at 5209 Montview Blvd.


In the coaching session, participants will rehearse their small group music pieces in their small groups, led by a member of the camp staff. Playing in small groups is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the camp, as it forces the players to depend on each other.



Javan Carson conducts the orchestra. All students play in the orchestra together. Students will improve upon their orchestra skills in the chamber orchestra format.


Theory class is geared toward fun. Too often, theory has come to mean passive learning. Theory at the Denver Chamber Music Camp means participation, games, and more.

Rock-n-Roll Orchestra

Rock Orchestra is also led by Javan Carson. Rock orchestra incorporates classical technique with rock music. It also teaches the participants how to be more versatile musicians. Denver Chamber Music Camp participants are not required to participate in the rock orchestra.