Week of April 30th, 2017

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  • This Monday, May 1, 8:30a: Middle School orchestra concert at Ashley Elementary
    • Dress in concert attire
    • Please bring extra stands
  • Sun, May 7, 2017, 10a: Valley Youth Orchestra Side-by-Side with High School
    • This is a required event for DSAO high school students.  Please contact Dr. Lasansky if you have a previous commitment that you cannot break.
    • After the 10a-12p music even, we will walk over to Fred Thomas Park for an orchestra-sponsored lunch.   Family members accompanying the students for lunch must RSVP (CLICK HERE) by May 3!
  • Fri, May 12 before concert, DSA Orchestra Room: New Family Reception
    • Hello Orchestra families!  On Friday May 12th before the concert we will be hosting a small reception in the orchestra room for our new families!  This will be the perfect time to give them a warm welcome and to help our new families and students get to know a little bit more about the OFA!  We would like to ideally have at least 10 ambassadors to be there to help answer questions and greet our new members. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.  Thank you!
  • Please make sure to help fill the concessions closet for our final concert weekend.  We really need water, snacks and candy!
  • Mon, May 22, 6:30p DSA Commons: End of year celebration!  Save the date!  More information will follow very soon!
    • If you can help with set up or decorations, please contact Melinda Kunzler at melinda_kunzler@email.com  Your assistance is greatly appreciated!
  • 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).
  • DSA Fill the Gap campaign
  • Theta work and High school writing assignments below are due May 15

To-Do Week of April 30

  • Mon, May 1, 2017: Middle School Concert, Ashley Elementary
  • Sun, May 7, 2017, 10a: Valley Youth Orchestra Side-by-Side

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, May 12, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Sat, May 13, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Sun, May 14, 2017, 3p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Mon, May 22, 2017: End of Year Celebration

Valley Youth Orchestra Side by Side
May 7 at DSA

We are hosting this Western Slope group as a gesture of hospitality and because one of our wonderful orchestra members Liz Allen, was once a member of this group.

This event may lead to further collaborations  including a DSAO tour of the Western Slope.

The high school music session will be held from 10-12. Immediately after this session we will all walk to Fred Thomas Park for an orchestra sponsored lunch for both organizations.

We need to make this a required DSAO high school event. Please let me know if you have a previous commitment that you can’t break.

Dr. Lasansky

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The actual cost of educating a DSA student with a comprehensive arts/academic education is $6,250, however the estimated 2017-18 DPS allocation for DSA students is $4,978 per student. So we are faced with a gap in fully funding a nationally competitive arts and academic education. This gap is $1,272 per student.

With all DSA parents coming together to Fill the Gap with a monthly, unrestricted contribution, we will be able to provide the quality educational programs in the arts and academics that our students deserve. A school-wide culture of philanthropy is essential to the success of our students, and fulfilling our mission…and together we will be stronger!

Your support of the Fill the Gap Campaign is greatly appreciated!  CLICK HERE to donate.

Groceries to support Travel

We are in the process of changing the King Soopers card so that contributions can go toward students’ travel expenses. More information will be forthcoming, but this makes it particularly important to pick up a card as soon as possible!

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 Terrie Tyree for information about purchasing a card, or pick up a card at the next concert’s concession table .


Please bring the following items by grade for concessions at these concerts:

6: water, juice or sodas
7: chips and fruit (pre-packaged apple slices are great!)
8: cookies/pastries (preferably pre-packaged)
9: candy/candy bars
10: water, juice or sodas
11: cookies/pastries (preferably pre-packaged)

Seniors are exempt from donations requirements unless you wish to contribute.

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 after the final concerts in May.
  • Seniors are required to present a senior recital. See Dr. Lasansky if you have questions.

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.