Week of May 17, 2015

To-Do:  Week of May 17, 2015

Call time: 6.15p – Please arrive on or before 6:15p on both days for tuning and final preparations.
Please see below and bring items as identified below for your grade.

6: water, juice or sodas
7: chips and fruit (pre-packaged apple slices are great!)
8: cookies/pastries (preferably pre-packaged)
9: candy/candy bars
10: water, juice or sodas
11: cookies/pastries (preferably pre-packaged)

Seniors are exempt from donations requirements unless you wish to contribute.



City Under the Sea (2015) is a three movement full symphonic work written by Liam Ramsey-White, a senior at the Denver School of the Arts and soon-to-be freshman composition major at Jacobs School of Music. The piece depicts a lively undersea city, once inhabited by humans but now taken over by the sea life. The first movement depicts the gentle and yet vibrant flow of the creatures through the city. Colorful fishes, corals, sea grass flowing in the current, and even whales, make their home here. The second movement depicts the sea at night when the current has calmed and the light dims to an eerie darkness. A solemn chant is sung throughout the city as night creatures gather and dance in the rhythmic and almost never changing current. The last movement, titled “Festival”, depicts the city during a great fish migration. As fish gather, colorful and exotic species show. This last movement, which contains a march-like theme and a beautiful lyrical melody show that the sea and this city have many characteristics. Unpredictable and magical, flowing and vibrant, “City Under the Sea” will trigger many emotions and memories, just as the sea does.

We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Hsing-ay Hsu, Pendulum Series (contemporary music)  Artistic Director and Instructor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, as the pianist for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.  A Steinway Artist, Ms. Hsu is winner of the William Kapell International Piano Competition silver medal, the Ima Hogg National Competition First Prize, the prestigious Juilliard William Petschek Recital Award, a McCrane Foundation Artist Grant, a Paul & Daisy Soros Graduate Fellowship Award, and a Gilmore Young Artist Award, among others.  She was also named a US Presidential Scholar of the Arts by President Clinton at the White House, and a “2011 Pathmaker” by Denver Post.

Fundraising Committee Meeting

Tues., May 19, 6p


Thanks to those who made it to our first fundraising meeting focused on trips this week.   We set a goal of $50,000 to fully pay for the Midwest Clinic high school trip.  This effort will require participation by every high school family!  We need your help on one or more of our five major activities:
1)  Paid performances by students in the community
2)  Selling Ads in next year’s programs
3)  Grocery store cards
3)  Letter writing campaign and personal asks
4)  Talent Show and silent auction

Each of these areas have many opportunities to pitch in and students are encouraged to participate.

To join the effort, come to our next meeting at 6pm on 5/19 in the library or send an email to noelledelage@gmail.com and watch for opportunities to sign up!

 Buy groceries, support DSAO

Make sure you purchase a reloadable King Soopers card before the end of the year! 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.  Carol Fennell will sell cards at the concession table during the final concerts.  You may also email Carol Fennell for information about purchasing a card.

Year-End Celebration Banquet

May 21, 6-9p

City Park Pavilion

The time is near for our annual DSAO year-end celebration!

Thursday, May 21st 6:00-9:00p
(Catered buffet begins at 6p • Awards and speeches at 7p)
City Park Pavilion – Denver (GoogleMaps)
1700 York St., Denver 80202

SIGN-UP: Everyone must pay in advance to get their dinner buffet wristband and attend the event. Submit payment to the DSAO Forms box in the orchestra room as soon as possible. Indicate the student’s name and number of people on your payment.

COST: Attendance is $15 per person. Cost covers catered food and utensils, beverages, facility rental, tables, chairs and miscellaneous.

PARKING: Parking is adjacent to the north side of the Pavillion. The parking garage on the north side of the Museum of Nature and Science is also within walking distance. Walking from East High School is also an option. There is some limited street parking within the park as well.
Come join the fun and celebrate our year together at DSAO!

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Experience the Music Again!

DSAO Website

DSAO Facebook Page

Our students have been, and continue to be, working so hard and with such passion this year.  To listen again to their unforgettable performances and recordings, visit the DSAO website and Facebook page often.

Trip Updates

Midwest Clinic

SAVE THE DATES – Dec. 15-20

For only the second time in school history, the DSAO High School orchestra has been selected to perform in the Midwest Clinic. The most prestigious event of its kind, The Midwest Clinic is a music conference where the kids will hone their skills alongside other orchestras and bands from public schools, private schools and universities from all 50 states and 30 different countries.  Anyone can attend but only a few are chosen to perform!  Congratulations to Dr. L and the students for all of your hard work preparing the Bartok Divertimento, completing a substantial application, including audio and video recordings that you produced yourselves, and ultimately being selected for this honor.

During the next few months, we will be fundraising and making preparations for this rare opportunity, and so please be on the lookout for further information.

Europe Trip

30 Spots filled, only 12 more Available

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for intensive musical and cultural immersion where our students are able to participate together in exploring the earliest and most important locations in Europe where instruments are made and music is performed.  Further information is on the website, and we will continue to provide updates as the trip gets closer.

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2015 CU Summer High School

Music Academy

We are pleased to extend an invitation to talented high school Violin and Bass musicians to attend the 2015 CU Summer High School Music Academy, which will take place June 14-19 at the CU College of Music campus.
The High School Summer Music Academy at the University of Colorado Boulder, College of Music, is an exciting opportunity for high school musicians from Colorado and around the country to receive world-class instruction in a one-week summer session and opportunities to meet and socialize with other musicians on all instruments. Each student will also be divided up into one of many small ensembles in order to gain invaluable chamber experiences. Students will also participate in electives that will serve as preparation for collegiate music degree programs. Instruction for the High School Academy is provided by renowned CU conductors, Professor Gary Lewis and Dr. Don McKinney, CU faculty members, guest artists, and graduate students in the CU College of Music.
Please register as soon as possible.
To Register, please visit:
Please return your registration form, along with your $150 deposit to:
High School Summer Music Academy
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0301
For general information, please visit:
We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s 2015 CU Summer Music Academy!

Special Invitation to the DSA Community
Baroque Music on Period Instruments!
Sunday, May 17 at 3:00 pm

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado is presenting its season-finale concert, Friends and Rivals, and would like to invite the DSA community to attend at special discounted prices, including $5 student tickets!

The program features superb works by 18th-century masters Bach, Handel and Telemann, interwoven with stories of their personalities and interactions. David Rutherford from Colorado Public Radio joins us as host, providing stories and commentary.

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado is the Rocky Mountain region’s only professional period instrument orchestra, bringing to audiences the musical riches and spirit of improvisation of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The program will be performed twice in Denver: Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 pm at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St.; and Sunday, May 17 at 3:00 pm at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2900 S. Colorado Blvd. (Sign language interpretation will provided on Sunday.)

The concerts are a rare opportunity to hear music great music of the Baroque performed on period instruments, and to learn more about the music and its composers. A special discount of $5 off each ticket is offered to the DSA community when ordering tickets online. Discounted tickets are $25 regular adult, $20 seniors, and $5 students (use special code DSA when ordering tickets online).

For information and tickets, visit www.bcocolorado.org or call Frank Nowell at 303-588-3418.

Majoring in Music Feature Article, Summer Opportunities

Congratulations to all of the DSA students who performed on the February 20th From the Top episode  A new article on MajoringInMusic.com features the two local soloists who performed on that show. DSA student Scott Chiu is one of them. CLICK HERE to read the article.

There are still openings in many of the summer music programs on the 2015 Summer Music Camps & Programs page (even programs with a prior deadline). Interested students should apply ASAP.

Don’t Forget to Click Here for Online Listening to the From The Top Performance!

Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program

Your orchestra is so grateful to the more than 65% 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

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.