Week of April 19, 2015

Week of April 19, 2015

To-Do:  Week of April 19, 2015

  • 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
  • Wednesday, May 21, 5:30-9p: End of the Year Banquet, Denver City Park Pavilion (Save the Date)
  • NOTICE: The final exam will be an oral exam-not a playing test or jury.

Trip Updates

Midwest Clinic

SAVE THE DATES – Dec. 15-20

For only the second time in school history, the DSAO High School orchestra has been selected to perform in the Midwest Clinic. The most prestigious event of its kind, The Midwest Clinic is a music conference where the kids will hone their skills alongside other orchestras and bands from public schools, private schools and universities from all 50 states and 30 different countries.  Anyone can attend but only a few are chosen to perform!  Congratulations to Dr. L and the students for all of your hard work preparing the Bartok Divertimento, completing a substantial application, including audio and video recordings that you produced yourselves, and ultimately being selected for this honor.

During the next few months, we will be fundraising and making preparations for this rare opportunity, and so please be on the lookout for further information.

Europe Trip Planning in Progress

28 Spots filled, only 14 more Available

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for intensive musical and cultural immersion where our students are able to participate together in exploring the earliest and most important locations in Europe where instruments are made and music is performed.  Further information is on the website, and we will continue to provide updates as the trip gets closer.


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.  The orchestra’s motto is “Leave no player behind!”

We need your ideas and energy to make trips affordable for all students.  Watch for information about the next meeting and join the fundraising committee!  Students and parents are encouraged to participate.  Please contact Noelle DeLage by email at noelledelage@gmail.com (or CLICK HERE), or by phone at 303-477-3200.

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.

CHSAA Festival a Resounding Success

Thank you to Students and Other Volunteers

Congratulations to all our students for receiving straight superior ratings in all categories at last week’s CHSAA Festival!

Thanks to Carol Friesen, student and parent volunteers for running an awesome festival!

Group photos of each orchestra were taken during the CHSAA Festival.  They are $20 for a package of (1) 8×10 group photo and (1) 5×7 funny group photo (only package available).  If you would like to place an order, please have your student put the payment ($20 cash in an envelope marked with the student’s name, photo, or check made payable to Wallace Photography with student’s name) in the “forms” box in the Orchestra room no later than Friday, April 24, 2015.  Please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net (or CLICK HERE) if you have questions.  Thank you. 

YOUR Outstanding Colorado Musician

Please contact Dr. L as soon as possible this week if you are interested or wish to nominate a student.

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 their major 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.

Majoring in Music Feature Article, Summer Opportunities

Congratulations to all of the DSA students who performed on the February 20th From the Top episode  A new article on MajoringInMusic.com features the two local soloists who performed on that show. DSA student Scott Chiu is one of them. CLICK HERE to read the article.

There are still openings in many of the summer music programs on the 2015 Summer Music Camps & Programs page (even programs with a prior deadline). Interested students should apply ASAP.

Don’t Forget to Click Here for Online Listening to the From The Top Performance!

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


Special Invitation to the DSA Community
Baroque Music on Period Instruments!
Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 17 at 3:00 pm

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado is presenting its season-finale concert, Friends and Rivals, and would like to invite the DSA community to attend at special discounted prices, including $5 student tickets!

The program features superb works by 18th-century masters Bach, Handel and Telemann, interwoven with stories of their personalities and interactions. David Rutherford from Colorado Public Radio joins us as host, providing stories and commentary.

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado is the Rocky Mountain region’s only professional period instrument orchestra, bringing to audiences the musical riches and spirit of improvisation of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The program will be performed twice in Denver: Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 pm at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St.; and Sunday, May 17 at 3:00 pm at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2900 S. Colorado Blvd. (Sign language interpretation will provided on Sunday.)

The concerts are a rare opportunity to hear music great music of the Baroque performed on period instruments, and to learn more about the music and its composers. A special discount of $5 off each ticket is offered to the DSA community when ordering tickets online. Discounted tickets are $25 regular adult, $20 seniors, and $5 students (use special code DSA when ordering tickets online).

For information and tickets, visit www.bcocolorado.org or call Frank Nowell at 303-588-3418.

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!

Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program

Your orchestra is so grateful to the more than 65% 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.