Week of March 22, 2015


To-Do: Week of March 22

  • Wednesday, Mar. 25: Sr. Recitals
    • 5p: Eileen Klawitter and Madison Duffy
    • 7p: Makenzie Wade


  • Tuesday, Mar 31: High School Europe Trip Early Enrollment Deadline
  • 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

Pre-CHSAA Concert

Thursday, April 9

This concert is a chance for the orchestra to perform before the annual CHSSA competition in mid-April. The middle school will be performing pieces that they performed in the last concert, including the Vivaldi 4 violin concerto, Perseus and the New World Symphony.

The high school will, for the first time, play all three movements of the Bartok Divertimento.  This treat is not to be missed!

Congratulations to Middle School

Rolling Hills Elementary Field Trip

A Rousing Success

On Friday, the middle school orchestra took a field trip to Rolling Hills Elementary School.  The students loved it!  One of the teachers replied in an email, “Please pass the most frequent comment we heard on to your group – ‘They were awesome!'”  Congratulations to the students and to Dr. Lasansky for representing our school in such a professional and inspiring manner.

Sr. Recitals
Wednesday, Mar. 25
5p: Eileen Klawitter and Madison Duffy
7p: Makenzie Wade

The next set of senior recitals are this week!  At the recitals, students perform some of the most challenging solo and duet pieces that will be heard at DSA during the year, including a mix of classical and contemporary music and ensemble work.  The students each also leave a piece of their personality on the stage, and this is one of the final times to cheer on the seniors before they embark on the next stage of their lives and careers.

2016 Trip Planning is in Progress

High School Europe Trip Early Enrollment Deadline

March 31

Information pertaining to the High School Europe 2015-2016 trip is on the website!

Please note the deadline to sign up for early enrollment ($100 discount on trip) is March 31st. Please contact Christine Trigg with questions!

Middle school trips in 2015/2016

If you were unable to attend our travel meeting, please know we are working on some very exciting trip concepts for next year. Please stay tuned to your email for updates in this newsletter and via special emails as we learn more details.  If you would like to help with trip planning, please contact Christine Trigg.

For all of our travel, the goal is to make these trips as affordable as possible, and fundraising is the most important thing we can do to identify ways to buy down trip costs. Please contact Noelle DeLage  if you are interested in planning fundraising opportunities for next year.


Yo Yo Ma Master Class

Thursday, April 30th, 11:00 – 12:30 pm

Gates Concert Hall

Free Tickets Available through April 15

In addition to tickets for those performing, a limited number of tickets are available for the DSAO family.  Please RSVP as soon as possible by replying to this email or contacting Dr. Lasansky.  Any tickets that are not requested will be made available to the larger community.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Colorado Public Radio Recording

DSA Chamber Orchestra

Friday, April 10

Leave DSA 8:30
Return 12:30
Due to space limitations at the CPR’s studio, we are only able to take a reduced orchestra for this event.  Below are the students that will be participating in the recording:

Artur Korotin
Liam Ramsey-White
Michelle Hou
Leah  Froyd
Simone Hammett-Lynch
Madison Duffy
Eileen Klawitter
Greer Ramsey-White
Corley Friesen-Johnson
Dong Lee
Sam Floyd
Landon Fennell

Katherine Guerrero
Makenzi Wade
Maddie Hubler
Ethan Durell
Julia Foran

Ben Roberts
Grayson Dixon
Juan Medina
Andy Rugg

Jordan Walters

Email Addresses

Please contact Terrie if your email address needs to be updated.  We want to make sure that our newsletters and other information are going to all correct addresses.  Thank you!

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.”

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

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.