Week of January 25, 2015


To-Do: Week of Jan 25

  • High School Families – Please contact Dr. Lasansky or Terrie Tyree by Tuesday if one or two free tickets are desired for CMEA Concert.  Otherwise we will make the tickets available for others.
  • Friday, Jan. 30, 2:35p: DSAO High School Students – Charter bus leaves to take all high school students and chaperones to the Broadmoor Hotel.
  • Saturday, Jan. 31, 12-12:45p: DSAO Chamber Orchestra at CMEA Main Ballroom

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, Feb. 4:  High school students perform with UNC Greeley Orchestra  (charter bus leaves DSA at 2p)
  • 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

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.

CMEA Preview Concert Recap

Liam Ramsey-White: Reverie Twilight Summer Sunset
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A. Major
Bartok: Divertimento, Mov. 2 and 3

Though they are composed in very different ways and from very different stages of musical development, Liam Ramsey-White’s “Reverie Twilight Summer Sunset” and Bartok’s “Divertimento” act as wonderful bookends to this concert.  They both combine bittersweet departures that also represent the strength of continuity and resilience.  Ramsey-White’s composition was a gift to good friends, while Bartok’s composition represented the turmoil of uncertaintyin his home country of Hungary during the early 1940s, and yet the hope and optimism that music can bring to life especially if it arises deep out of one’s own culture and history as with Bartok’s music.

That these pieces enveloped Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, one of Mozart’s final pieces, is particularly apt.  Together, they demonstrate the force of music as a craft, as a conveyer of our deepest emotions toward one another, and as an aid to us as we attempt to make sense of painful and sometimes senseless realities.  That the DSAO is able to learn and share such lessons, at such a high level, is a gift for all of us.

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.