Week of February 28, 2016


ASTA National Orchestra Festival, March 2-6


To-Do Week of February 28

  • Mon, Feb 29: Crowley Foundation Scholarships Deadline
  • Tues, Mar 1, 9:45a:Middle School Pre-ASTA Performance, McAuliffe Middle School
    • Bus leaves DSA at 9:15a
  • Wed, Mar 2-Sun, Mar 6: ASTA National Orchestra Festival

Upcoming (See performance schedule below or on website)

  •  Talent Show
    • Fri, Mar 11, 7p
    • Sat, Mar 12, 3p
  • Tues, Mar 15: Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival Deadline
  • Wed, Mar 16, 3-5:30p: Rocky Ridge Summer School Scholarship Auditions

Homework Assignments

  • Juries: This year all students except Seniors will be required to play juries. The jury will consist of two scales (same requirements as DSA auditions-see website under:apply) and one movement of a major solo piece.  Juries will begin after the final concerts in May.
  • Seniors are required to present a senior recital. See Dr. Lasansky if you have questions.

ASTA National Orchestra Festival

Please keep the middle school students in mind as they travel this week to Tampa, to participate in what will likely be one of their most memorable musical experiences to-date, and for which they have been preparing for many months!  This weekend’s concerts have demonstrated that the other ASTA participants are in for a wonderful treat!

“The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry. Orchestras are selected to participate in the national festival based on their application and supporting materials. ”

Thursday, March 3

4:00 p.m (EST).
Denver School of the Arts Sinfonia

Competition- Middle School Orchestra

Preparing for the prestigious
American String Teachers Association Festival
Tampa, March 2nd – 6th 2016

DSA MS pre-ASTA Performances
Date Facility Address Time of Performance


McAuliffe Middle School

Contact: nina_esch@dpsk12.org

2540 Holly St.

Denver, CO

9:45 AM (load bus and depart DSA at 9:15)

March 16, 3-5:30p: Scholarship Auditions:


  • One scale of student’s choice (any number of octaves)
  • One solo work.

Please reply to enrique_lasansky@dpsk12.org for further information.

Crowley Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships based on need, community service, 2.7 GPA, 2 letters of rec., and an interview.
1) General Scholarship-apply to any 2 or 4 year college/university ($2,500),
2) Langston University Scholarship-for students that are accepted to the university ($2,500) and
3) Ty Morris & Hearts of Worship Music Scholarship-for students who have a passion for music (vocal or instrumental) ($1,000)




Core Values: Family, Service, Pay It Forward, Authenticity, Integrity,
Leadership & Scholarship

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival

An intensive program of solo and chamber music study for serious young musicians, held in Burlington, Vermont from June 26 – July 24, 2016Framed by sweeping views of the Green Mountains by the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival welcomes violinists, violists, cellists and pianists ages 14-30 into an atmosphere of focus and achievement. We invite students to join us in a setting structured to support musical growth, foster the highest level of professionalism, and create life-long connections with fellow musicians.

Green Mountain offers:

  • Distinguished resident and guest faculty
  • 6 private lessons and 6 ensemble coachings in 4 weeks
  • 4 hours of individual practice each day
  • Chamber music rehearsals scheduled daily
  • Acclaimed faculty chamber music series
  • Extensive student performance opportunities in concert hall and in community
  • Outstanding collaborative piano support

Apply online by March 15

Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program
Wrapping up 2015-2016 – Confirm your family’s donation here!

Dear DSAO parents ,

As you know we are very lucky to have a group of first-rate professional musicians (otherwise known as “Master Mentors”) who work with our students on a regular basis . This is one of the features of DSAO which distinguishes us from other schools in Colorado. As a result of this program our  students receive expert, detailed instruction on all the string instruments. Among other things, this permits our advanced orchestra to play professional level music and allows our middle school to play high school (and college level) music!

I wanted to remind you that we are totally dependent on each family contributing $350 to fund this program which is so crucial to our continued success. Please remember that we receive absolutely NO MONEY from the school district to fund Master Mentors.

So, if you have not made your payment, please do so at your earliest convenience. We are well into 2nd. semester preparations and need to pay the Mentors. As always we welcome spreading out the payments if you prefer this option. Please go to our website  (CLICK HERE) for instructions on making this payment
Thank you for all your support. I personally feel extremely lucky to be  working  at a school with  such amazing students and amazing parents!

Dr. Lasansky

We have a new email address dedicated ONLY to payment confirmations and inquiries as they relate to the exchange of money for orchestra-related activities including the orchestra family donation, travel and any additional fees that come up through the year. With all that our families are involved in, it is very easy to miss payments or forget if you even made one, so we want to have a dedicated place for questions/confirmations.

Please send an email to  dsaorchestrapayments@gmail.com to confirm whether or not your family has completed the 2015-2016 family contribution of $350 or more. We know roughly 48% of our families have completed this task, but this email will serve as a confirmation from you. Once we receive your email, we will check it against our records and contact you if there are any questions.

Also, please feel free to use this email to let us know if payments DUE (either now or still DUE for past trips, for instance) are on their way or if you need to discuss a payment plan.

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.  Please give checks to Tracy Holt in the main office.

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.


2016-2017 DSAO Volunteer Positions

The executive committee is getting a jump start in securing next year’s volunteer roles to ensure the new group gets together before the end of the year so they can plan for 2016-2017. On behalf of our executive committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our parents who have committed time to volunteer with DSAO this year-whether it is concessions, ushering, chaperoning, travel coordination, or community outreach, the effort has been amazing and none of it could happen with our our parents.  Please take a look at the sign-up for 2016-2017  and contact me should you have any questions about roles and responsibilities.

With all the parents who’ve helped this year, we help lessen the burden for everyone and make it an enjoyable experience to be involved at DSA!

2016-2017 Fundraising Team Positions – Including Advertising and the 2016 Winter Auction Committee!

Also volunteer positions, this group is focused on fundraising activities that help support our Master Mentor and Visiting Artist program, master classes, and orchestra supplies not covered by the budget provided to our department by DPS. From concessions to auction organizing, we need your help and expertise! Given the wildly successful inaugural Winter Silent Auction masterfully organized by parent extraordinaire Carol Fennell , and our tremendous inaugural advertising efforts led by Chari Pashman and Anne Miller, we have a great start at establishing fundraising strategies and we want to gain traction.  Please visit SignUp Genius here and sign up to be part of this critical fundraising team. Specifically, if you have experience in advertising and marketing and connections with local businesses, this would be a great spot for you!

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

As we propel full steam ahead into the second semester, forefront in our mind is the need to continue raising funds to support our tremendous program. Our next big trip is coming up as the DSAO Sinfonia middle school orchestra travels to Tampa for the National Orchestra Festival competition! Our students are busy preparing for this trip by working hard with our visiting artists and mentors who are supported by our fundraising. 
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Investing in DSAO

Advertising in the Concert Brochure

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 Chari Pashman at kcdawg@comcast.net.  This is also a good way to put a personal message of congratulations for your student, to be displayed in the program.

Schedule a House Party

Schedule a 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.

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.

Concerts for 2015-2016

2015-16 CONCERT SCHEDULE AVAILABLE NOW! This year is better than ever and we can’t wait to share our talent with you! Please visit  http://dsa.dpsk12.org/performances/ as each concert date approaches (usually at least 3 weeks ahead of concert dates). You will be able to purchase tickets online! 

Chamber Music Concerts
May 6, 2016 7:00 PM
May 7, 2016 3:00 PM

Orchestra Concerts
May 14, 2016 7:00 PM
May 15, 2016 3:00 PM

Colorado Chamber Players

Shostakovich Year One