Week of December 28, 2014


Christian Howes Scholarships
Creative Strings Workshop 2015 
Register by Dec. 31 for the Best Price!

Join Christian Howes and team for a positively life changing experience
June 28 – July 4, 2015 | Columbus, Ohio
  • Immerse yourself in small ensemble coaching, clinics, masterclasses, jams, and concerts spanning world music, jazz, rock, and fiddle styles.
  • Rehearse and perform improvised music in small ensembles alongside master artists, with over 25 performances in different venues.

Christian Howes has made a particularly generous offer for DSA students:

  1. Anyone from DSA can receive a $500 scholarship off the full tuition price
  2. To receive this they only need register and pay a $200 deposit by no later than February 1st.
  3. If they accept this before January 1st they will receive an additional $100 off the full tuition.

To-Do for this week

  • Prepare for January concerts and auditions.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, Jan. 9
    • 10a-4:30p: Citywide First Full Rehearsal
    • 1p: Master Class by double-bass virtuoso Renaud Garcia-Fons
  • Saturday, Jan. 10
    • 9a-2p: Citywide Second Full Rehearsal
    • 3p: Citywide Performance
  • Friday, January 31, 12-12:45p: DSAO Chamber Orchestra at  CMEA Main Ballroom
  • Wednesday, February 4: Performance with UNC  Greeley  Orchestra  (leave DSA 2p)


Students: Visit the High School or Middle School assignment page as soon as possible to see information about January auditions.  If you did not receive an email for students regarding this information, please reply to this newsletter email and we’ll make sure that you are set up properly going forward.

Virtuoso Double-bassist and Composer
Renaud Garcia-Fons 
Master Class 1/9, 1p at DSA
Concert 1/10, 7:30p at DUs Newman Center

“From the moment he held a double bass in his hands for the first time at age sixteen, Renaud Garcia-Fons saw possibilities to explore all the music that interested him — classical, jazz, Persian, Indian, Mediterranean, South and North American. Driven by new ideas and the talent to translate them into compositions, Garcia-Fons reinvented the way the double bass could be played. The result is an utterly new sound — an amalgam of double bass, cello, violin, guitar, lute and more — that exceeds any conventional idea of playing the double bass.

“For his solo concerts, he brings to the stage the repertoire recorded on the album, Solo — the Marcevol Concert, where he is accompanied only by sounds produced on his double bass; and for his quartet concerts, he offers the repertoire recorded on the album La Línea del Sur.”

In Case you missed it…

An End-of-year Treat:
Liam Ramsey-White
“Reverie Twilight Summer Sunset”

This is a recording made by DSA Advanced Orchestra on 11/2014 of senior Liam Ramsey-White’s “Reverie Twilight Summer Sunset.”  Congratulations on such a wonderful composition and we look forward to more great performances in the new year.

All-State Orchestra

Congratulations to those who made it into the All State Orchestras.  Registration forms are now available on-line at www.coloradoallstateorchestra.org

and will be collected after the winter break.  Registration fees are $55.00 if paid by January 16th, and $60.00 if paid after January 16th.   Please watch for furthers details regarding forms and payments.

Julia Foran
Katherine Guerrero
Ben Roberts
Madeleine Hubler
Madison Duffy
Corley Friesen-Johnson
Leah Froyd
Eileen Klawitter
Juan Medina
Gabe Rupe
Grayson Dixon
Jordan Walters
Simone Hammett-Lynch
Artur Korotin
Griffin Heikka
Rachel England
Greer Ramsey-White
Colton Trigg (Alternate)

Eli Castro
Erika Hollister
Brannon Cox
Cianci Melo-Carrillo
Scott Chio

Citywide Orchestras Rehearsal Schedule

Friday, January 9th. Buses will be provided.  Students will be picked up at 9:15 for a 10am start time at TJ. Buses will pick students up again at 4:45 to return to DSA.
DSA  high school students are required to participate in at least one of the following festivals: WSHO Festival, Colorado All-State Orchestra or Denver Citywide Orchestra.

Citywide Orchestra for Middle School: All DSA middle school students are required to participate.  No audition is necessary.

The concert is January 10th, 2015 at 3:00 pm, at Thomas Jefferson High School.

Rehearsal and concert schedule:
First Rehearsal . Fri. January 9, 2015 10 AM – 4:30 PM Thomas Jefferson High School
Second Rehearsal Sat. January 10, 2015 9 AM – 2:00 PM Thomas Jefferson High School
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Performance Sat. January 10, 2015 3:00 PM Thomas Jefferson High School
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For more information, please visit the Citywide Orchestra link.

CYS Annual Competition

The Colorado Young Sinfonia, directed by Basil Vendryes, announces a concerto competition:

March 11th, 2015

Winner(s) to be awarded $500/$250 AND will perform with the Colorado Young Sinfonia in April 2015.

Competition will be in two Categories:

  • Junior Division: Students up to age 14 (all instruments)
  • Senior Division: Students up to age 21(all instruments/voice)
Repertoire should be chosen from works for string orchestra, or chamber orchestra with a small wind complement.  Repertoire choice MUST be approved by CYS.

Entries must be postmarked by March 1st, 2015.  Application Fee is $35.00.

Contestants will be expected to perform the entire concerto with CYS.  All auditions must be performed with piano accompaniment (not provided).  For more information and application forms, please contact CYS Director Basil Vendryes  bvendryes@msn.com  (720)371-4145

Basil C. Vendryes
Principal Viola, Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Faculty, Lamont School of Music, University of Denver
Director, Colorado Young Sinfonia
Faculty, Castleman Quartet Program
Faculty, Green Valley Music Festival

Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program

Your orchestra is so grateful to the 50% 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.