Week of April 26, 2015


To-Do:  Week of April 26, 2015

  •  Thursday, Apr. 30, 11a – 12:30p: Yo Yo Ma Master Class (see details below)
    • At this point all Yo-Yo Ma master class tickets allotted to DSAO have been claimed.
    • 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, 5:30p: Fundraising Meeting, Location TBD
  • Wednesday, May 6, 7p: Chamber Music Concert
  • Tuesday, May 19: Final Full Orchestra Concert
  • Wednesday, May 20: Final Full Orchestra Concert
  • Thursday, 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.

Yo Yo Ma Master Class

Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center

2344 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO 80208

Thursday Apr. 30th, 11a-12:30p

Thank you to the Friends of Chamber Music for sponsorship of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be coached by one of the great cello players, and teachers, of today.  One can find many examples of the following video, (CLICK HERE) to give a flavor of what can only be effectively experienced in person.

The students will leave DSA by bus for the Newman Center.  For others who are attending, a parking map can be found at this link(CLICK HERE).   Street parking may be available 2 blocks east of University (beginning at Columbine) and all blocks south of Wesley.  Often there is abundant street parking in these locations, free and not time limited, around the 11 a.m. hour near the Newman Center.  Another free option is Lot 108 on the map, though it is a 20-minute walk to the Newman Center.

The Newman Center garage and marked overflow parking will not be available, except for students in the DSA quintet (they should note that the parking fee is $8.00). The commercial parking garage noted on the map ($7 per car) is also a good choice — a bit longer walk than the street parking, but not bad.  The hourly lots marked 304 are also options, but they seem to fill up more quickly.

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.

Fundraising Meeting

Wed., May 6, 5:30p

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.

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!

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.

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.