Week of January 17, 2016  



To-Do:  Week of January 17, 2016

  • Thurs, Jan 21: Chair tests
    • Middle School:Perseus
    • High School; Prokofiev Violin Concerto 2 (1st.mov) and Bruch Violin Concerto 4 before D until Tempo Primo after E

Upcoming (See performance schedule below or on website)

  • Tues, Jan 26 – Wed. Jan. 27, DSA: Robertson and Sons Violin Exhibit
  • Fri, Jan 29, 7p: Moscow Quartet
  • Thurs, Feb 11-Sat, Feb 13: Colorado All-State Orchestra
  • Fri, Feb 26, 7p: Orchestra Concert
  • Sat, Feb 27, 3p: Orchestra Concert
  • Wed, Mar 2-Sun, Mar 6: ASTA National Orchestra Festival

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.
  • Seniors are required to present a senior recital. See Dr. Lasansky if you have questions.

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

Please watch your email for a separate message from our Tampa planning team to help your child prepare for this trip. For those interested in the Sinfonia performance, we will be sending out notification of additional performances to be held in the metro area to help the kids prepare, so be on the lookout. They will also be performing their set during our February concerts before the trip.

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.

Here is what we need from you-our families-by Tuesday, January 26th:
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.

Robertson and Sons Violins Exhibit January 26-27th at DSA

Whether you are in the market for a new instrument or interested in checking one out, Robertson will be at DSA on the 26th and 27th of January. Come check them out as they have been great supporters of DSAO through advertising and have supplied a few of our kids with some terrific instruments.
Robertson and Sons Violin Shop, Inc. will be exhibiting an extensive collection of fine instruments and bows in Denver and Colorado Springs. On display and available for purchase will be a large selection of instruments and bows, from fractional student level up to investment quality. Any instrument in our collection can be viewed with an advance request, including double-basses! If there is anything specific you or any of your colleagues would like to see, please email or call us at 800.284.6546 and we will make sure we bring instruments and/or bows to fit your needs. We will also be available for on-the-spot appraisals and valuations, minor repairs and fine tonal adjustments.



We look forward to seeing you! 

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! 

Orchestra Concerts
February 26, 2016 7:00 P
February 27, 2016 3:00 PM

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