Week of August 21, 2016

  • Back to School night is August 25th, 6-9 (5:40p, Teaser of “The Producers”); this is an important night to learn about the orchestra and the new year, and to ask questions!
  • From Dr. Lasansky:
    • First day to bring your instruments to school is August 25.
  • The orchestra is still in need of two volunteers to coordinate concessions.  Other volunteer positions are also available for 2016-2017. Thank you for all that you do!
  • Wombat Day updates; please remember to sign up soon!
  • Dr. Lasansky has changed the audition dates to  9/6-9/9 in order not to spoil Wombat Day!
  • 2016-2017 performance schedule at end

To-Do Week of August 21

  • Thursday, Aug 25: First day with instruments
  • Thursday, Aug. 25, 6pBack-to-School Night
  • Saturday, Aug. 27: Wombat Day-For all middle and high school students!

Save the Date!

  • Sept. 6-9: Auditions
    • Middle School: Same requirements as entrance auditions:  major scale, minor scale, chromatic scale, solo piece and sight reading
    • High School: Same as Western States (Click Here)
  •  Friday, Sept. 16: High School Western State Auditions Due (Click Here)
  •  Saturday, Sept. 17, 4p (Gala starts at 5:30p): High school orchestra students are required to perform for the annual DSA Fall Gala.  Please arrive by 4p in concert attire.

Upcoming Events

  • The full performance schedule is at the bottom of the newsletter.  As events get closer they will be displayed in this section.


Dear Orchestra Students and Parents;

Welcome to what is going to be a fantastic year for DSAO! I hope you are all refreshed and looking forward to beautiful music making. I certainly am!

Students will be receiving lots of information in classes soon. Parents: I want to take this opportunity to invite and encourage all of you to come see me (and other teachers) during Back to School night. This is one of the few opportunities I have to communicate with you as a group in order to explain certain things about the program.  It’s also a chance for you to ask questions you might have.  I would be very grateful if you could make an effort to attend!

Dr. Lasansky

DSA Back-to-School Night

Please put August 25th on your calendar for DSA’s Back to School Night.

The night begins with a special teaser of “The Producers” at 5:40p!

Attached here is a copy of the schedule.

Back to School Night Bell Schedule

Wombat Day
August 27, 9a-9p

Due to a district policy of having to turn in forms 30 days in advance for any sleepover trip, we are unable to sleep over/camp at Wombat with it being so close to the start of the year. We are however able to still have Wombat Day on August 27th, and since we can’t sleep over that night, we are holding Wombat Day from 9am-9pm at Chatfield Reservoir. Please continue to turn in forms for future trips. Cost for the day, which includes lunch and dinner and use of the space at Chatfield is $20 per student. If this is a hardship, please let Terrie know and don’t let it affect your attendance.

Please have your student deliver a check to the basket in the Orchestra room in an envelope marked Terrie Tyree. Completed forms can be turned in there too. We need to know how many will be carpooling from DSA at 9am on the 27th, please let Terrie know if your student needs a ride from DSA. We also need to know of any dietary restrictions.

To recap, Wombat has been changed to a day-long event on August 27, and you will not need camping supplies. Please take a look at the updated sign-up geniuses as well.


Thank you. Questions? Contact Heidi Domagala at heidave@comcast.net

Complete Forms for off-campus activities

 Please note the Power of Attorney and Consent for Emergency Care forms, and a copy of the medical insurance card must be completed and turned in for each student any off-campus overnight trip/event, even those events where parents are in attendance.  The Power of Attorney form requires both parents to sign and is required to be notarized. You may find a notary at your local bank, or you may contact either Tracy Holt in the main office or Linda Vliet in the counseling office and ask if they can notarize for you.  Both parents must be present to sign if not already completed. Please date both forms for the entire school year so you only have to do this once.  Otherwise you have to complete both for all trips/events.  These forms are available on the DSAO website  (Click Here).  Please print, complete, have notarized and drop off in the orchestra forms box in the orchestra room.

For students who have medical conditions or who take medications (including over the counter medications), you need to contact the school nurse for the current school year forms for the trip (Please see forms link on website for these forms).  

RSVP:  We need to have a count of you is planning on attending Wombat, and for what duration.  Please email Terrie Tyree (DSAO Assistant) (tyreeworld@centurylink.net) asap with your students name, grade and if he/she will be attending.

Thank you!

4th Annual Fiddle Competition

Sponsored by
Colorado Elks and American Furniture

CLICK HERE for more information

Colorado violinists in grades 3rd to 12th are invited to participate in three grade categories.

A non-refundable $10.00 registration fee is required in order to participate. This needs to be sent along with the registration form (see attached). Make your check out to “Colorado Elks Association.” The registration fee and form must be received by September 30, 2016.

Mail your form and check to: Ken McIntosh, 8989 W. 14th Avenue, #405-South, Lakewood, CO 80215.
Contact Ken McIntosh at kenmcintosh@idcomm.com or 303-234-0469 for the music and sound files.

Denver Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Sponsored by
The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)

The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) is pleased to announce its 2016 Denver Performing and Visual Arts College Fair on Sunday, October 30th, 2016 from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. at Infinity Park Event Center. This program is an important resource for the fine arts students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate programs of study in the areas of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, graphic design, film production, and other related disciplines.

Students will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from colleges, universities, conservatories, festivals, and other educational institutions with specialized programs in the visual and performing arts. Attendees of these free events will learn about educational opportunities, admission and financial aid, portfolio days, auditions and entrance requirements, and much more. A workshop on College Admissions 101 for the Performing and Visual Artist will be offered from 12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. at the Four Mile Conference Room.

For more information, please visit  www.nacacnet.org/pva or call (800)822-6285.

2016-2017 DSAO Volunteer Positions

2016-2017 Concession Coordinator

We are in need of one or two volunteers to manage the concessions table for our concerts, including communications for needed concessions before each concert.  CLICK HERE or reply to this email if you are able to help with this critical service for DSAO.

Please take a look at the sign-up for 2016-2017  and reply to this email if you have any questions about roles and responsibilities.

2016-2017 Concert Ushers

This is a great way to meet and greet Orchestra concert attendees-many of them orchestra families but also people who are new to DSAO performances. Once signed up (CLICK HERE), you will be on a contact list for our House Manager Julie Padilla to coordinate availability for each concert.

2016-2017 Fundraising

In addition to the auction opportunities, there are many ways big and small to assist DSAO, and we have great fundraising opportunities that only take a bit of time but have a big impact. Please reply to this email if you wish to assist with fundraising.

No contribution is too small.  Every minute of volunteer time is valuable and appreciated.


I don’t know many people who enjoy auditions. However they are used frequently in the performing arts world.   The good news is that the more experience you can get by taking auditions the easier the process  becomes.

I wanted to give you some advice. I’m thinking mainly of the 9th graders who are coming into Advanced Orchestra, since this may be your first time preparing orchestral excerpts (Western States material). The important thing is to make sure you have a very good concept of the piece (movement) the excerpt is taken from. You can’t be very musical when you play if you don’t have this knowledge. Please listen to (at least) the movement your excerpt is taken from (a bunch of times!) so you understand the mood, the tempo, and how the part “fits in”.

I want to emphasize musicality as a crucial element in evaluations this year. This means playing with feeling, phrasing, dynamics, color and having some knowledge of the pieces and the composers.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Lasansky

For those of you who want to get started with next fall’s seating auditions.

High School: Western States audition music

Middle School:

Follow the same requirements as the entrance auditions (Click Here):

  1. A classical solo of your choice (must demonstrate technical and lyrical playing)
  2. A major scale, a minor scale and a chromatic scale
  3. Sight- reading

Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program
The school year is fast approaching and we wanted to remind you about the $350 fee,  per family,  for our Master Mentors program.  This is an expectation for all DSAO families.

For all of our new members of DSAO: we use this money throughout the year  to bring in a whole team of outstanding musicians to work with DSAO students. These mentors work with individual sections, coach chamber music, and sometimes work one on one with students. This  aspect of the  DSAO program is one of the main things that set us apart from other school orchestra programs and help us achieve the excellence we are accustomed to.

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.


Friday 10/7 Orchestra Concert 7:00 PM  Concert Hall
Sat. 10/8 Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM Concert Hall

Thursday  11/17 Chamber Music Concert 7:00 PM Concert Hall

Saturday 12/10  Orchestra Concert  7:00 PM Concert Hall
Sunday 12/11 Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM Concert Hall

Saturday 1/21  Full Orchestra Concert 7:00pm Concert Hall
Sunday 1/22   Full Orchestra Concert 3:00pm Concert Hall

Friday March 3 7p  L’Histoire du Soldat Concert Hall
Saturday March 4 3p and 7p   L’Histoire du Soldat  Concert Hall

Friday 3/10 Orchestra  Concert 7:00 PM Concert Hall
Saturday  3/11 Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM Concert Hall

Friday 4/28    Chamber Concert 7:00 PM  Concert Hall

Friday  5/12     Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert 7:00 PM  Concert Hall
Sat.     5/13   Disney/Pops Orchestra Concert  7:00 PM  Concert Hall
Sunday 5/14   Disney/Pops Orchestra Concert  3:00 PM  Concert Hall