Week of April 12, 2015

To-Do:  Week of April 12, 2015

  • Wednesday, Apr. 15: Deadline for CYSO composition contest
  • Wednesday, Apr. 15: CHSAA Festival
    • 7:30a: Sinfonia (Vivaldi 4 Violin Concerto, Perseus, New World Symphony)
    • 3:15p (Note: AFTER SCHOOL): Advanced Orchestra (Bartok Divertimento – Complete)


  • Monday, Apr. 20: Last Chair Test of the year!
    • Middle School Sinfonia; Prepare entire parts for Scheherazade, Jupiter, Bacchanale  and Aragonaise
    • Advanced Orchestra: Prepare entire parts for:
      • Ramsey-White: City Under the Sea
      • Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.4
  • Wednesday, Apr. 22: 2015 CU-Boulder Outstanding Colorado Musician Award Nomination Deadline
  •  Thursday, Apr. 30, 11a – 12:30p: Yo Yo Ma Master Class
    • At this point all Yo-Yo Ma master class tickets allotted to DSAO have been claimed.  Contact Terrie to be placed on a waiting list in the event any tickets become available.
    • All current DSAO students will be guaranteed entrance.
    • DPS will provide transportation.
    • There may be a limited number of tickets still available for purchase at $10 each through Friends of Chamber Music at www.newmantix.com
  • Wednesday, May 6: Chamber Music Concert
  • Tuesday, May 19: Final Full Orchestra Concert
  • Wednesday, May 20: Final Full Orchestra Concert
  • NOTICE: The final exam will be an oral exam-not a playing test or jury.

DSAO High School Accepted to Midwest Clinic!
Chicago, December 2015

Advanced Orchestra has been accepted to the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago (12/15)! Congratulations to all.

CHSAA Festival

Adult and Student Volunteers Needed!

Wed-Fri This Week, April 15-17

The DSA Colorado High School Activities Orchestra Festival is coming up this week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday April 15-17.  The students will be performing in AND running the festival.  Students have begun to sign up for the jobs of announcing, greeting, running information to the judges, setting up the stage and sight reading area and selling concessions.

The student schedule is posted  in Google Docs, and you can access it at the following link.  This schedule is not final.

This year, MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS are required to have their parents’ and teachers’ permission to work at the festival.  Your student should have received a permission slip that shows the shift he/she has signed up for and the class periods missed. Note that some shifts are after school, so the student will need to make arrangements to be picked up after the festival.  The form should be returned to Dr. L with parents’ and teachers’ signatures by Friday, April 10.  Here is a link to a copy of the permission form.

We will also need ADULT VOLUNTEERS to work half-day shifts at the festival, mostly supervising the kids.  It is a fun way to contribute your time to the orchestra department!  Donations to the concession stand are also very much appreciated!  You can bring donations to the orchestra room any time up to Thursday April 16.  The adult shifts will be….

  • Wednesday, April 15 8:30am-12:30pm and 12:30-4:30pm
  • Thursday, April 16  to 7:30a-12:15pm and 12:15-5:00pm
  • Friday, April 17 7:30am-1:00pm and 1:00-6:00pm
CLICK HERE for the adult signup.
If you have any questions, please call or email Carol Friesen at 303.319.5454 or friesen.carol@gmail.com

From the Top DSAO Performance

Click Here for Online Listening!

Also on CPR Sunday, 6-7p

From Denver, Colorado, this week’s episode features a special guest appearance by one of America’s finest living film composers, Danny Elfman. Our young musicians perform arrangements of his music from the soundtracks of “Milk” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Mr. Elfman also shares stories from his own colorful teenage years, and a phenomenal 17-year-old from New York performs the music of Lowell Liebermann.


Works by Danny Elfman: Wolfe Suite Part 1 from The Wolfman and Harvey’s Theme from Milk
The third movement, Allegro con fuoco: Très animé, from Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc

Sorting and Filing Music: Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to come in during the day and do whatever you can, whenever you can, to help sort and file music.  Please contact Terrie and set up a time to go over the task.  Thank you so much for all that you do!

Telum Lucretii Competition
For young composers and performers
Sponsored by the
Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra
May 2nd, 2015

CYSO is sponsoring a composition contest, to encourage young composers and players to start working together, experience what it takes to put new music together, and generally encourage future collaboration.  It is open to students 18 and younger who are still in high school.  The compositions must be performed by musicians who are also in school.

The completed application, $25 non-refundable application fee (checks made out to Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra), and a copy of the final score and parts should be mailed to: Benjamin Tomkins, 2166 S. Ash St. Denver, CO 80222

A recording or midi file may be included with the application or emailed to cysobenjamin@gmail.com. Recordings are highly recommended, but not required. Email Subject: {Name} – Telum Lucretii Competition

All Materials must be postmarked and/or received by email no later than April 15, 2015.

All emailed materials must be in .pdf format, legible, and printable.

Please click here for application materials and more information.

First prize: $200 and a performance on the Classical at Dazzle series
2nd Prize: $100
3rd Prize: $50
Best Performance: $160

YOUR Outstanding Colorado Musician

Each fall, the University of Colorado Boulder community is delighted to see so many talented Colorado high school students join us in pursuit of their higher-education goals. To continue in our tradition of recognizing exceptional young people, as well as the incredible educators who support them in achieving their goals, we are pleased to open the nomination window for our 2015 CU-Boulder Outstanding Colorado Musician Award.

The CU-Boulder Outstanding Colorado Musician Award was created in partnership between Colorado high schools and the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder. This award provides meaningful recognition of outstanding musicians at your high school. Outstanding Colorado Musician Award recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship (should they be admitted to and attend CU-Boulder as a music major), as well as a certificate of achievement. Outstanding Colorado Musician Award recipients and their families will also be invited to a special awards luncheon and information program on the CU-Boulder campus in August 2015. Finally, as a special offer of congratulations, we will waive the $50 admission application fee for these students and invite them to campus to have a free sample lesson with a faculty member in theirmajor performance area during the 2015-16 academic year.

Award Nomination Criteria:

  • Students nominated for this award should exemplify academic and musical excellence, leadership, and community service.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75 (weighted or unweighted) is required.
  • Up to three (3) students from each Colorado high school may be nominated (a maximum of one student per music ensemble area – i.e. band, choir, orchestra, jazz, piano).
  • Nominees must be juniors during the 2014-2015 academic year and Colorado residents.
  • We encourage you to nominate students who, based on your best judgment, are interested in majoring in music and attending CU-Boulder.
The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

2016 Trip Planning is in Progress

Information pertaining to the High School Europe 2015-2016 trip is on the website!

Middle school trips in 2015/2016

If you were unable to attend our travel meeting, please know we are working on some very exciting trip concepts for next year. Please stay tuned to your email for updates in this newsletter and via special emails as we learn more details.  If you would like to help with trip planning, please contact Christine Trigg.

For all of our travel, the goal is to make these trips as affordable as possible, and fundraising is the most important thing we can do to identify ways to buy down trip costs. Please contact Noelle DeLage  if you are interested in planning fundraising opportunities for next year.

Christopher O’Riley: Out of My Hands

Saturday, April 25, 2015 7:30 pm
PACE Center
Parker, CO
Click on this link for online purchase of tickets


The classical crossover pianist and host of NPR’s “From the Top,” astonishes with music from Rachmaninoff to Radiohead.  As a prestigious artist, pianist and national media personality, Mr. O’Riley has dazzled the world over on stage, the radio and his records. His memorable interpretations of traditional and popular repertoire make him a cherished bridge between musical tastes, genres and audience worldwide.

In this special performance, Christopher O’Riley will provide a residency opportunity where members of the Evans Choir will rehearse and perform choir arrangements of Joni Mitchell with him on stage. The Evans Choir is a chamber choir made up of professional singers in the Denver area and select students from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music.

Catherine Sailer, founder-conductor of the Evans Choir, spoke about Christopher O’Riley’s arrangements of Joni Mitchell’s songs. Sailer noted that the arrangements are “highly composed” and “rhythmically complex” pieces. The arrangements include: “Cactus Tree,” “I had a King,” “Song to a Seagull” and “The Pirate of Penance.”

Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program

Your orchestra is so grateful to the 50% of families who have been able to make this commitment thus far.  If you have not given your $300 contribution yet please do so as soon as possible.

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.

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

 Buy groceries, support DSAO

Make sure you purchase a reloadable King Soopers card!  It’s simple, you buy groceries with the card and the orchestra gets 5% back. You can reload it time and time again to keep giving to DSAO.  Please email Carol Fennell for information about purchasing a card.  If you have already purchased a card, don’t forget to reload.  Every time you do, it benefits DSAO!

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.


Click here to view advertising brochure. Please note a change in contact information: Please put “Advertising”  in the subject line and contact dsaorchestra1@gmail.com.  This is also a good way to put a personal message of congratulations for your student, to be displayed in the program.

Volunteer with the OFA!

Thanks so much to all who have signed up to volunteer with OFA.  Parent support and fundraising are critical to our program. The OFA Executive Team is seeking parents who can assist in particular with advertising layout or with contacting businesses to inform them about advertising opportunities in our programs.  Please contact Jeff Volkert by email or phone: 303-881-9327.

There is still a position open for historian as well.  Please visit BringIt to sign up for this opportunity.