Week of Dec 11, 2016

Orchestra Concert, Sat. 7p and Sun 3p
Silent Auction and Baked Potato Potluck Saturday

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  • Please sign up here for today’s pre-concert baked potato bar potluck
  • Silent Auction before concert and during intermission.  Many thanks to Carol Fennell for her hard work on our behalf!
  • Concessions needed (see below).  DSAO spirit wear will also be on sale just in time for the holidays!
  • Please Note time change below: Both January concerts will be at 3p.
  • Mandatory High School performance event Sat. Mar. 25, 11:30a-3p
  • Don’t forget to pick up a King Soopers card, to help our orchestra!
  • 2016-2017 performance schedule at end, or http://dsapresents.org/dsao/performances/

To Do – Today and Tomorrow

  • Today, 5:00 PM: Baked Potato Bar Potluck
  • Today, 7:00 PM, Concert Hall: Orchestra Concert
    • Silent Auction before concert and during intermission
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
    • 6:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
    • Thank you to all who have signed up as volunteer concession managers. If interested in volunteering for subsequent concerts, please CLICK HERE to sign up.
  • Tomorrow, 3:00 PM, Concert Hall: Orchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
    • 2:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
    • Thank you to all who have signed up as volunteer concession managers. If interested in volunteering for subsequent concerts, please CLICK HERE to sign up.

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Jan. 21, 7:00 PM, Concert Hall: Full Orchestra Concert
  • Sun Jan. 22, 3:00 PM, Concert Hall: Full Orchestra Concert
  • [Mandatory for High School] Sat Mar. 25, 2017, 11:30a-3p, Denver Convention Center: National School Board performance 
    • DSAO is the featured performing group and will participate in a special interactive event with school board members.
    •  Mandatory Performance for Advanced Orchestra
    • Parents are responsible for transportation

Please review concert attire requirements:


  • Black tuxedo
  • White dress shirt – clean and pressed!
  • Black socks and black dress shoes
  • Black cummerbund or black tuxedo vest
  • Suspenders are permitted, but must be either black or white
  • Black bow tie
  • Plain, black, Discrete length black skirt or black dress slacks
  • Plain black top.
  • Plain black or neutral hosiery
  • Black dress shoes (No open-toed shoes or sandals)
  •  No plunging necklines, rising slits, low-cut backs, or displays of midriff. Dress and skirt slits must not exceed six inches in length. Wear a slip if the outfit requires it.

Denver School of the Arts Orchestra

December 10th Pre-Concert/Silent Auction Baked Potato Bar Potluck!

Don’t forget our Baked Potato Bar potluck tonight!  We hope your family will join us prior to the Silent Auction for dinner with other orchestra families.  Afterwards, take your time checking out all the great items available at the silent auction!  Please view the sign up below for items needed and RSVP with the number in your group that will be attending.  Thank you so much for all of your support and we hope to see you there!!

CLICK HERE to sign up

Date: 12/10/2016 (Sat.)
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm MST
Location: DSA Commons

Winter Concert
December 10, 7p
December 11, 3p

CLICK HERE for tickets

The first half of this evening of glorious music will feature the Middle School students playing selections from Mozart and Dvorak as well as the Harry Potter theme. The High School orchestra features Frank Nowell from the Baroque Chamber Orchestra, playing a Bach Concerto for Harpsichord, as well as music of Takashi Yoshimatsu and Queen (featuring Mia Herlinger).

Second Annual Winter Orchestra Silent Auction

before and during the concert intermission

Our concerts are by far our biggest fundraisers and our most important activity, especially accompanied by our second annual silent aucton.

We ask that each family invite at least five new friends who’ve never seen the concerts to attend. The money will go to the student scholarship fund, and the DSAO will garner new friends dedicated to the success of our program!


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.

High School Orchestra Concert for
National School Board Association Conference
Sat. March 25, 2017, 11:30a-3p

From Dr: Lasansky:

Saturday March 25, 2017 11:30-3:00 National School Board Association Conference Denver.   Denver Convention Center 700 14th St-Denver DSAO is  the featured performing group and will participate in a special interactive event with school board members . Mandatory Performance for Advanced Orchestra-parents are responsible for transportation.

For information on the conference please go to: https://www.nsba.org/conferencehttps://www.nsba.org/conference

Dr. L

Oklahoma State University
High School String Competition 2.18.2017

Open to violinists, violists, cellists and bassists in grades 10-12, this competition provides an opportunity for students to compete for monetary awards, commentary from professional musicians and scholarship consideration for study at OSU.

Contestants must perform from memory two substantial works from the standard solo repertoire.  High school seniors may opt to use their competition performance as their entrance audition for the OSU Music Program. Entry forms

must be postmarked by 2.03.2017.

First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250

Competition Guidelines

Orchestra Concert Closet Open
for Donations and Requests

If a student or family has a need for specific items, on a first come first serve basis, please feel free to contact Chris Engel at cengel_md@yahoo.com

Time to dig those dresses, suits and tuxedos out of the back of the closet.

Isn’t it funny how something that looked so great on our musicians just a few short months ago now looks like it shrunk two sizes at the cleaners?

It can really be frustrating (and expensive) to buy a new formal outfit at the beginning of the school year only to realize half way through the year that it no longer fits.

What do you usually do with all that out grown concert attire?

Well, here’s your answer. We have started an orchestra concert closet where we could store outgrown but still very wearable concert attire.  This clothing and formal attire would then be made available to any orchestra family prior to each concert for outfitting their growing musician.

What to donate: male and female concert attire (tuxedos, suits, dress shirts, bow ties, cummerbunds, vests, suspenders, belts, dresses, skirts, dress pants, dress shoes).

Please make sure these items are clean and in good condition.

Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program

As we begin the school year, 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.

Investing in DSAO

Attention Business Owners – Friends and Family!

Welcome to the new school year! As you head back to school, please consider promoting your business (or promoting your friend’s business) in this year’s DSAO concert programs. (CLICK HERE for brochure). Advertising money helps fund the orchestra program, and has the added bonus of helping our families and friends promote their businesses!

Ad Submittals: It’s incredibly easy to submit advertising artwork/logos/business cards via email to Mark Herlinger, our advertising and program graphic designer. If you need assistance designing your advertisement, Mark will help you with that too! For questions about graphic guidelines to submit advertisements, please contact markherlinger@gmail.com.

Payment: Via check – Once payment is received (please turn in checks to Tracy Holt, DSA Arts Secretary in the Front Office) the advertisement will be placed in the program which is printed for all major orchestra concerts throughout the year.

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! No hidden costs!  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, or pick up a card at the next concert’s concession table .

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.


Call for Volunteers

We are still in need of volunteers to help out with important fundraising tasks.  These positions do not require a significant amount of time, but every extra hand is critical.

Please go to this link to help out!


Student Volunteer Opportunities with El Sistema

From the website: “Almost 40 years ago, Dr. José Antonio Abreu gathered 11 children in a parking garage in Carácas, Venezuela, to play music—and El Sistema was born. The El Sistema model, using ensemble music to transform the lives of at-risk youth and communities, has now become a world-wide phenomenon.”

Regular El Sistema after school programming meets at the following times and locations.  This provides a wonderful opportunity for orchestra students and parents alike to help spread the love and learning of music through volunteer time.   Parents or students interested in volunteering can contact El Sistema at volunteer@elsistemacolorado.org.

Garden Place Academy:
M-W 3:30-5:30, Th 1-3

Swansea Elementary School:
M-Th 3-4:30

Bruce Randolph Middle/High:
M-Th 2:30-5:30


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 3:00pm 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

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).  

Thank you!