Week of February 1, 2015


To-Do: Week of Feb 1

  • Side-by-side concert with UNC Greeley
    • Monday, Feb. 2: Sectionals on Vaughan Williams. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.  The bowed Vaughan Williams parts are on the website. Please make sure you print your own part and be prepared for tomorrow’s sectionals.
    • Tuesday, Feb. 3: Russell Guyver (UNC conductor) will conduct our students in a rehearsal at DSA.
    • Wednesday, Feb. 4:  High school students perform with UNC Greeley Orchestra  (charter bus leaves DSA at 2p)

Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 12-14: Colorado All-State Orchestra, Fort Collins
  • Wednesday, Feb. 18, 9am – 10am: Merling Trio Master Class
  • Friday, Feb. 20, 7p: Moscow Quartet, DSA Concert Hall
  • Friday, Mar. 13, 7p: Orchestra Concert, DSA Concert Hall
  • Saturday, Mar. 14, 3p: Orchestra Concert, DSA Concert Hall

CMEA: A Magical concert

Yesterday’s performance was one of those magical concerts where everything comes together, we forget ourselves and there is only the beauty of the music.

Congratulations to our students for their superb musicianship and maturity! It is truly a privilege for me  to have the opportunity to work with them.

Side-by-Side Concert, University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Wed. Feb. 4

Mon., Feb. 2: Sectionals on Vaughan Williams. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.
Tues., Feb. 3: Russell Guyver (UNC conductor) will conduct our students in a rehearsal at DSA.

We are playing first movement of Bartok, and we will also play side-by-side with UNC Orchestra on Vaughan Williams.


DSA Logo

Chat with Mr. Kohut – Monday, February 9 at 2:45 p.m.

In February, your PTSO introduces its first After School meeting time rather than at  7 p.m. on a Tuesday evening.  We know that many of you come a great distance to get your students to school, so we hope you join us for this earlier, possibly more convenient time.

Mr. Kohut will give you an update on the school year, any current issues and be available for your questions or comments.

We hope you will join us in the DSA Library for this informative session.

Thank you!


Colorado All-State Orchestra
Tickets Available!

The online ticketing for the ASO Concerts on February 14th is now open! Links are below:

Philharmonic: http://csuartstickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.aspx?id=1446

Symphony: http://csuartstickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.aspx?id=1447

Ticket prices and single vs. both concert tickets explained:

Single performance adult: $13 + $2 fee for a total price of $15 per ticket

Single performance youth, CSU student: $9 + $1 fee for a total price of $10 per ticket

Adult Combo Pak: $13+$2 fee (ticket 1)+$4+$1 fee (ticket 2); total price $20 per ticket

Student Combo Pak: $9+$1 fee (ticket 1)+$4+$1 fee (ticket 2): total price $15 per ticket

For performers: All-State music is now available on the DSA music download website

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.