Week of 29 January, 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.
  • New homework assignments below
  • Thank you so much to those who have made your $350 master mentor contribution. Please email dsaorchestrapayments@gmail.com (CLICK HERE)
    • We ask all who are able but have not done so to please complete your contribution.  Information about the program is below
  • Rocky Ridge Summer Program Placement Auditions, Wed. Feb. 15, 3-7p
    • Orchestra Room
    • Scholarships are available!
  • Mandatory High School performance event Sat. Mar. 25, 11:30a-3p
  • OSU string competition entry forms must be postmarked by this week (2.03.2017)
  • Don’t forget to pick up a King Soopers card, to help our orchestra!
  • 2016-2017 performance schedule at end, or http://dsapresents.org/dsao/performances/

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Mar 4, 7:00 PM, Concert Hall: L’Histoire du Soldat
    • A 20th century masterpiece for seven instrumentalists, actors and dancers!
    • Orchestra students required to attend one performance
  • Sun Mar 5, 3:00 PM, Concert Hall: L’Histoire du Soldat
  • Fri Mar 10, 7:00 PM, Concert Hall: Orchestra Concert
  • Sat Mar 11, 3:00 PM, Concert Hall: Orchestra Concert
  • [Mandatory for High School] Sat Mar. 25, 2017, 11:30a-3p, Denver Convention Center: National School Board performance 
    • DSAO is the featured performing group and will participate in a special interactive event with school board members.
    •  Mandatory Performance for Advanced Orchestra
    • Parents are responsible for transportation

Homework Assignments

  • 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 after the final concerts in May.
  • Seniors are required to present a senior recital. See Dr. Lasansky if you have questions.
  • SINFONIA seating is posted under middle school assignments. Please check there to make sure you are playing the correct part. Grades have been  posted in IC.

High School Orchestra Concert for
National School Board Association Conference
Sat. March 25, 2017, 11:30a-3p

From Dr: Lasansky:

Saturday March 25, 2017 11:30-3:00 National School Board Association Conference Denver.   Denver Convention Center 700 14th St-Denver DSAO is  the featured performing group and will participate in a special interactive event with school board members . Mandatory Performance for Advanced Orchestra-parents are responsible for transportation.

For information on the conference please go to: https://www.nsba.org/conferencehttps://www.nsba.org/conference

Dr. L

Colorado All-State Orchestra
Tickets Available!

The online ticketing for the ASO Concerts on February 11th is now open! Links are below:

Philharmonic: http://csuartstickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.aspx?id=1446

Symphony: http://csuartstickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.aspx?id=1447


Lamont Summer Academy 2017 Session

The deadlines are approaching for the Lamont Summary Academy 2017 Session
Scholarship application deadline – February 15, 2017
Regular application deadline – March 15, 2017

Lamont is pleased to announce the Lamont Summer Academy 2017 session dates: June 18 – July 2, 2017!

Join them for an inspiring, innovative and fun 15-day intensive pre-college music experience at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. Study in state-of-the-art facilities with outstanding artist faculty and musical peers from throughout the United States and abroad!

This year’s highlights include Guest Artists Mike Block and Hanneke Block, and a brand new classical guitar curriculum.

Check their website and Facebook for more details regarding the 2017 Lamont Summer Academy.


Oklahoma State University
High School String Competition 2.18.2017

Open to violinists, violists, cellists and bassists in grades 10-12, this competition provides an opportunity for students to compete for monetary awards, commentary from professional musicians and scholarship consideration for study at OSU.

Contestants must perform from memory two substantial works from the standard solo repertoire.  High school seniors may opt to use their competition performance as their entrance audition for the OSU Music Program. Entry forms

must be postmarked by 2.03.2017.

First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250

Competition Guidelines

Orchestra Concert Closet Open
for Donations and Requests

If a student or family has a need for specific items, on a first come first serve basis, please feel free to contact Chris Engel at cengel_md@yahoo.com

Time to dig those dresses, suits and tuxedos out of the back of the closet.

Isn’t it funny how something that looked so great on our musicians just a few short months ago now looks like it shrunk two sizes at the cleaners?

It can really be frustrating (and expensive) to buy a new formal outfit at the beginning of the school year only to realize half way through the year that it no longer fits.

What do you usually do with all that out grown concert attire?

Well, here’s your answer. We have started an orchestra concert closet where we could store outgrown but still very wearable concert attire.  This clothing and formal attire would then be made available to any orchestra family prior to each concert for outfitting their growing musician.

What to donate: male and female concert attire (tuxedos, suits, dress shirts, bow ties, cummerbunds, vests, suspenders, belts, dresses, skirts, dress pants, dress shoes).

Please make sure these items are clean and in good condition.

Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program
Wrapping up 2016-2017 – Confirm your family’s donation here!

Dear DSAO parents ,

As you know we are very lucky to have a group of first-rate professional musicians (otherwise known as “Master Mentors”) who work with our students on a regular basis . This is one of the features of DSAO which distinguishes us from other schools in Colorado. As a result of this program our  students receive expert, detailed instruction on all the string instruments. Among other things, this permits our advanced orchestra to play professional level music and allows our middle school to play high school (and college level) music!

I wanted to remind you that we are totally dependent on each family contributing $350 to fund this program which is so crucial to our continued success. Please remember that we receive absolutely NO MONEY from the school district to fund Master Mentors.

So, if you have not made your payment, please do so at your earliest convenience. We are well into 2nd. semester preparations and need to pay the Mentors. As always we welcome spreading out the payments if you prefer this option. Please go to our website  (CLICK HERE) for instructions on making this payment

Thank you for all your support. I personally feel extremely lucky to be  working  at a school with  such amazing students and amazing parents!

Dr. Lasansky

We have a new email address dedicated ONLY to payment confirmations and inquiries as they relate to the exchange of money for orchestra-related activities including the orchestra family donation, travel and any additional fees that come up through the year. With all that our families are involved in, it is very easy to miss payments or forget if you even made one, so we want to have a dedicated place for questions/confirmations.

Here is what we need from you-our families:
Please send an email to  dsaorchestrapayments@gmail.com to confirm whether or not your family has completed the 2015-2016 family contribution of $350 or more. We know roughly 48% of our families have completed this task, but this email will serve as a confirmation from you. Once we receive your email, we will check it against our records and contact you if there are any questions.

Also, please feel free to use this email to let us know if payments DUE (either now or still DUE for past trips, for instance) are on their way or if you need to discuss a payment plan.

Contributions can be made by check or through the DSA Friends Foundation at www.dsafriends.org.  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.  Please give checks to Tracy Holt in the main office. This is also a fantastic way for family and friends to support your student! Please pass along the dsafriends.org website link to those you know are interested in supporting our programs.

For further information, please visit the OFA Fundraising website.

Investing in DSAO

Attention Business Owners – Friends and Family!

Welcome to the new school year! As you head back to school, please consider promoting your business (or promoting your friend’s business) in this year’s DSAO concert programs. (CLICK HERE for brochure). Advertising money helps fund the orchestra program, and has the added bonus of helping our families and friends promote their businesses!

Ad Submittals: It’s incredibly easy to submit advertising artwork/logos/business cards via email to Mark Herlinger, our advertising and program graphic designer. If you need assistance designing your advertisement, Mark will help you with that too! For questions about graphic guidelines to submit advertisements, please contact markherlinger@gmail.com.

Payment: Via check – Once payment is received (please turn in checks to Tracy Holt, DSA Arts Secretary in the Front Office) the advertisement will be placed in the program which is printed for all major orchestra concerts throughout the year.

Buy groceries, support DSAO

Make sure you purchase a reloadable King Soopers card! It’s simple to get started with a $2.50 card.  Each time you reload the card, DSAO gets 5% back! No hidden costs!  Everyone buys groceries, so it a very easy way for friends and family to contribute as well. You may email Carol Fennell for information about purchasing a card, or pick up a card at the next concert’s concession table .

DSA is collecting Boxtops!

DSA receives free money for each box top turned in.  Please group the box tops in a bag or envelope, and mark them with “Orchestra” so that the funds will come to us.  The collection box is located in the main office.


Call for Volunteers

We are still in need of volunteers to help out with important fundraising tasks.  These positions do not require a significant amount of time, but every extra hand is critical.

Please go to this link to help out!


Student Volunteer Opportunities with El Sistema

From the website: “Almost 40 years ago, Dr. José Antonio Abreu gathered 11 children in a parking garage in Carácas, Venezuela, to play music—and El Sistema was born. The El Sistema model, using ensemble music to transform the lives of at-risk youth and communities, has now become a world-wide phenomenon.”

Regular El Sistema after school programming meets at the following times and locations.  This provides a wonderful opportunity for orchestra students and parents alike to help spread the love and learning of music through volunteer time.   Parents or students interested in volunteering can contact El Sistema at volunteer@elsistemacolorado.org.

Garden Place Academy:
M-W 3:30-5:30, Th 1-3

Swansea Elementary School:
M-Th 3-4:30

Bruce Randolph Middle/High:
M-Th 2:30-5:30