Week of March 15, 2015


To-Do: Week of March 15

  • Thursday, Mar. 19, 1p: Master Class Jubal Fulks
  •  Thursday, Mar. 19, 6-7:30p: Trip Announcement Meeting
  •  Friday, Mar 20: Sinfonia (Middle School Orchestra) Field Trip to Rolling Hills Elementary
    • Two parent volunteers needed.  Please contact Terrie
    • Concert begins at 10:10a
    • Please wear concert attire on Friday, and please bring money for lunch afterwards


  • Wednesday, Mar. 25: Sr. Recitals
    • 5p: Eileen Klawitter and Madison Duffy
    • 7p: Makenzie Wade
  • Thursday, Apr. 9: Pre-CHSAA Concert
  • Friday, Apr. 10: Chamber Orchestra to Colorado Public Radio for recording session
  • Wednesday, Apr. 15: Deadline for CYSO composition contest
  • Wednesday, May 6:, Chamber Music Concert


Congratulations on Great Concerts!

Congratulations to all for a great set of concerts this weekend. Special kudos to all the brave student soloists.  They all played very well and demonstrated great poise and maturity.

Senior Ethan Durell’s world premiere was received enthusiastically by our audience. Bravo Ethan!

Concert Programs Available

For those who were not able to get a program this past weekend, we are in the process of placing them on the website.  Another option is to contact Terrie and we can have more printed.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.


2015-2016 Trip Announcement Meeting!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


We are looking forward to sharing some exciting updates with our parents and students as we start planning for 2015-2016! As one of the highest caliber music programs in the country, DSAO has been privileged to be part of local, national and international travel opportunities that broaden educational horizons and provide our students with world class opportunities that result in positive and transformational changes. Our high-caliber programming will continue in 2015-2016, and with your help, we will make it one of the most exciting years ever!

Please plan to attend this very important meeting focused on trips and travel for the next school year. It is crucial that we have the opportunity to share as much information as possible, as early as possible to provide families adequate notice and opportunity to plan for these exciting trips.

We strongly encourage all relevant parent/guardians and students to attend this meeting!

Where:  DSA Orchestra Hall (any changes to location will be announced)
When:   Thursday, March 19, 2015
Time:    6:00-7:30 PM

Telum Lucretii Competition
For young composers and performers
Sponsored by the
Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra
May 2nd, 2015

CYSO is sponsoring a composition contest, to encourage young composers and players to start working together, experience what it takes to put new music together, and generally encourage future collaboration.  It is open to students 18 and younger who are still in high school.  The compositions must be performed by musicians who are also in school.

The completed application, $25 non-refundable application fee (checks made out to Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra), and a copy of the final score and parts should be mailed to: Benjamin Tomkins, 2166 S. Ash St. Denver, CO 80222

A recording or midi file may be included with the application or emailed to cysobenjamin@gmail.com. Recordings are highly recommended, but not required. Email Subject: {Name} – Telum Lucretii Competition

All Materials must be postmarked and/or received by email no later than April 15, 2015.

All emailed materials must be in .pdf format, legible, and printable.

Please click here for application materials and more information.

First prize: $200 and a performance on the Classical at Dazzle series
2nd Prize: $100
3rd Prize: $50
Best Performance: $160

Christopher O’Riley: Out of My Hands

Saturday, April 25, 2015 7:30 pm
PACE Center
Parker, CO
Click on this link for online purchase of tickets


The classical crossover pianist and host of NPR’s “From the Top,” astonishes with music from Rachmaninoff to Radiohead.  As a prestigious artist, pianist and national media personality, Mr. O’Riley has dazzled the world over on stage, the radio and his records. His memorable interpretations of traditional and popular repertoire make him a cherished bridge between musical tastes, genres and audience worldwide.

In this special performance, Christopher O’Riley will provide a residency opportunity where members of the Evans Choir will rehearse and perform choir arrangements of Joni Mitchell with him on stage. The Evans Choir is a chamber choir made up of professional singers in the Denver area and select students from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music.

Catherine Sailer, founder-conductor of the Evans Choir, spoke about Christopher O’Riley’s arrangements of Joni Mitchell’s songs. Sailer noted that the arrangements are “highly composed” and “rhythmically complex” pieces. The arrangements include: “Cactus Tree,” “I had a King,” “Song to a Seagull” and “The Pirate of Penance.”

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.