Week of August 23, 2015 


Welcome Back!

To-Do:  Week of August 23, 2015

  • First Day of School: 6th & new students, August 24; All others, August 25
    • Instruments not required until Wed. August 26
  • Wednesday, Aug. 26-Friday, Aug. 28: Placement Auditions
  • Thursday, Aug. 27, 6pBack-to-School Night

Upcoming (See full performance schedule here)

  •  Wednesday, Sept. 16: High School Western State Auditions Due (Click Here)
  • Sept. 26-27Wombat Weekend-For all middle and high school students! – Please see below for information and sign-ups
  • Friday, Oct 2, 7p: Orchestra Concert
  • Saturday, Oct 3, 3p: Orchestra Concert


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 27th on your calendar for DSA’s Back to School Night.

The night begins with a special teaser of “Oliver” at 5:30p!

Attached here is a copy of the schedule.

Back to School Night Bell Schedule

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.

Wombat Weekend

September 26th and 27th 2015

Help Needed!

Drivers/Chaperones  Sign up here.

Equipment needed  Sign up here.

Cost = $15/student

For All Middle School and High School Orchestra Families:

Every year the orchestra students love coming together at the beginning of the school year for a weekend filled with team building activities, eating, and fun.  Our students go home exhausted but happy and ready to start the school year with their fellow students.  This weekend tradition has been named Wombat Weekend.

This year our wonderful Wombat Weekend experience will be held at Chatfield State Park from 1:00 p.m. on Saturday September 26, to 11:30 the following day, Sunday the 27th.  We will be at Group Campsites G & H. 

Our students need our help to make this be a successful experience.  We will need volunteers to donate food, chaperone or drive our students, and let us borrow camping equipment.

Please deliver your students and any camping/food supplies to the park entrance on Roxborough Park Road, where volunteers will shuttle them to the campsite so that each family does not have to pay the park fees. Pickup on Sunday will be from the entrance as well.  Families who are not able to get to Chatfield that weekend should arrange for transportation from DSA by emailing Sue Rudoff, sue@rudoff.com. We look forward to a great time!

Your Wombat Planning Committee

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 before they can attend any off-campus overnight trip/event.  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).  Completed forms can be turned into the “forms” box that will be in the orchestra room once school starts.  Thank you!

Openings for 2015-2016 OFA Volunteers!

Thank you so much to all of our returning volunteers and all who give of yourselves in whatever way throughout the year.

As those who volunteer know so well, parent support and fundraising are critical to our program.  Please visit the link (Click Here) to sign up for open positions for 2015-2016, or reply to this email indicating your particular skills and interests.

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

Fundraising Opportunities:

Advertising and House Parties

We set a goal of $50,000 to fully pay for the Midwest Clinic high school trip.  This effort will require participation by every high school family!  We need your help on one or more of our five major activities:
1)  Paid performances by students in the community
2)  Selling Ads in this year’s programs
3)  Grocery store cards
3)  Letter writing campaign and personal asks
4)  Talent Show and silent auction

We’d love your help to secure community support for DSAO visiting artists and travel!  If you are ready to roll up your sleeves, check out our updated concert ad brochure.  Businesses or families can take out ads that appear for the entire season (4 concerts) or just once as a note of congratulations.

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.

We also encourage you to schedule a back-to-school house party featuring DSAO musicians and ask the attendees to support  this year’s trips.  It’s a fun and easy way to introduce friends, family and community to the excellence of our program and could garner DSAO fans for years to come.

Questions or want to book a small group?  Email or call Noelle at noelledelage@gmail.com 303-477-3200


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

High School: Western States audition music

Middle School:

  1. A classical solo of your choice (must demonstrate technical and lyrical playing)
  2. Two or three octave A major and c minor scale.
  3. Sight- reading

Websites for This Year’s
National Competitions

Please visit these websites and become more acquainted with the competitions that our students have successfully qualified for this year.  Congratulations again to our young musicians for your hard work!

  • High School: Midwest Clinic – Chicago, Illinois • Dec. 15-19, 2015 (Click Here)
  • Middle School: ASTA National Orchestra Festival – Tampa Bay, Florida • March 3-5, 2016 (Click Here)

Investing in DSAO

 Buy groceries, support DSAO

Make sure you purchase a reloadable King Soopers card! It’s simple to get started with a $2.50 card.  Each time you reload the card, DSAO gets 5% back! Everyone buys groceries, so it a very easy way for friends and family to contribute as well. You may email Carol Fennell for information about purchasing a card.

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.