Week of December 4, 2016

Orchestra Concert, Sat. 7p and Sun 3p
Silent Auction and Baked Potato Potluck Saturday
Silent Auction Donations Still Accepted this week

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To Do – Week of December 4

  • Wed Dec 7: Middle School orchestra, Student Showcase
    • Concert attire required for middle school orchestra
  • Thurs Dec 8, 10:30a, U C  Anschutz Medical Center: High School Concert for patients and staff
    • Concert attire required for high school orchestra
  • Fri Dec 9: Final day for silent auction donations
  • Sat Dec 10, 5:00 PM: Baked Potato Bar Potluck
  • Sat Dec. 10, 7:00 PM, Concert Hall: Orchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
    • 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.
  • Sun Dec. 11, 3:00 PM, Concert Hall: Orchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
    • 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

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.

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).
Middle School

Mozart Magic Flute Overture
Led Zeppelin Reunion
Harry Potter arr. Story
Dvorak New World Symphony mov. #4 (Monday)

High School

Atom Heart Club Suite # 1
Bach Harpsichord Concerto in d minor (complete)
And the Birds are Still
Bohemian Rhapsody Mia Herlinger violin solo

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.

Denver School of the Arts Orchestra

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

Hello Orchestra Families!  Our Winter Concert and Silent Auction are coming up next weekend, we will be having a Baked Potato Bar!  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

Accepting Silent Auction Donations
Through Friday!

Accepting donations for the winter silent auction NOW through Friday. Drop off items in Dr L’s office.

CLICK HERE to access the letter for business donations.

CLICK HERE for form that accompanies your donation.

THANK YOU for supporting DSA orchestra.

Do you have a special talent?  Does everyone rave about your homemade cheesecake?  Do you have memorabilia stuffed in a box in some closet collecting dust?  Do you own a condo that you could share for a weekend, or drive Uber, make art or tutor?

Consider donating your items, time (adults or students) and talent for our Winter Silent Auction. A few ideas might be…..cookie baking and decorating with kids, jewelry making workshop, cooking a meal, cooking lesson, jewelry handmade or jewelry no longer needed, artwork, sports memorabilia, babysitting, massage, give a lesson or mentor a student. Ask the concert hall, restaurant you frequent or the coffee shop you swing by each morning to donate a little something for our kids.   Items can be purchased, found or donated in the themes below (suggestions only) and will be put into baskets for the auction.

*We are asking that each family donate to our Orchestra Silent Auction.

Basket Themes by grades (You do NOT have to stick to these themes; these are to generate ideas!)

6th grade- Food/Restaurant- Fast food, slow food, cooking, gift certificates

7th grade- Movie night/ shopping

8th grade- Lottery

9th grade- Fitness, outdoor, indoor, spa

10th grade- It’s a wrap (holiday items, wrapping supplies, gift ideas)

11th grade- Travel

12th grade- Gardening

*All proceeds go directly back to the orchestra department to fund the Master Mentor program.

*We are also looking for any baskets or bags that you are no longer using!  ContactCarolfennellart@gmail.com for info.

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.

High School Orchestra Events Coming Up!

From Dr: Lasansky:

1. DSA High School Orchestra has been invited to play a concert for patients and staff  at U C  Anschutz Medical Center  12/8/16 at 10:30 am.  We will have lunch at Stapleton after the concert. We need three chaperones to accompany us.

2. DSA High School Orchestra has also been selected  to play at the National Association of School Board Members (NASBM) at the Denver Convention Center on March 25-26. The exact time of the concert will be known in the next few weeks. Please check to see if you have any vacation plans or conflicts  during this period and let me know asap: enrique_lasansky@dpsk12.org.  This concert will be  required of all high school students in order for the event to be successful.

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

Dr. L

Homework Assignments

Please visit http://www.dsaorchestra.org for full assignment instructions.  Hover over “Students” and click appropriate Assignments page.  Orchestral music is also found at this location.  Please note that the new password is Debussy16.

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 will meet at the following times and locations beginning this Tuesday, September 6th.  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 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

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!