Week of May 3, 2015 – Chamber Music Concert!


To-Do:  Week of May 3, 2015


Chamber Music Concert 

Wed. at 7p, Concert Hall

Those who were given the opportunity to attend Yo-Yo Ma’s master class last week have an idea about one of the treats coming up this Wednesday. The DSAO Quintet will perform the same Schubert Quintet that they played for Yo-Yo Ma.Also on the Chamber Concert program will be Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, the ground-breaking “Black Angels” by George Crumb, music by Mozart, Telemann, Pleyel and more!

Yo-Yo Ma Recap

Last Thursday, when our high school representatives played their amazing Schubert piece, it received a standing ovation for the level of preparation and musicality that they demonstrated.  Lamont faculty member Steve Wiest described the performances in this way: “The students of DU as well as the students from Denver School of The Arts were tremendous. But once Yo-Yo worked his magic, they rose to a rarified level that Mr. Ma and his fellow music makers live in. Unbelievable.”

Dr. Lasansky was equally effusive: “Today we were treated to a truly amazing event. Two young string ensembles, one comprised of high school students from DSAO, the other from the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, played at an extremely high level. Yo-Yo Ma, who gave the master class, was superb in the way he elicited further musical growth from the students. He made the event revelatory from a musical point of view, and just had a real fun time with the students and audience! Thanks to Friends of Chamber Music for the opportunity!”

Fundraising Meeting

Wed., May 6, 5:30p
DSA Library

Do not forget that before the concert there will be a fundraising meeting so that we can make sure we are prepared for the amazing trips planned for this next school year.
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.  The orchestra’s motto is “Leave no player behind!”We need your ideas and energy to make trips affordable for all students.  Join the fundraising committee!  Students and parents are encouraged to participate.  Please contact Noelle DeLage by email at noelledelage@gmail.com (or CLICK HERE), or by phone at 303-477-3200.

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DSAO Sinfonia Student Lily Primus

Finalist at American Harp Society

21st Annual National Competition

Congratulations to Lily Primus for her acceptance as a finalist to the Junior Division of the American Harp Society’s 21st National Competition in Logan, Utah!  Lily will compete in her age division, which is up to age 12, in mid-June 2015.To hear Lily perform on solo harp, please click here.

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DSA Composers Recognized at

Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra

Telum Lucreti

The results are in! Congratulations to our young composers and their quartet accompanists for beautiful performances of their original compositions!As first prize winner, DSAO Sinfonia student Dylan Tyree and accompanists (Isabelle Oss, Clair Harris and Julie Minn) will be performing at Dazzle this Tuesday May 5th at 7p!

High school:
Dong Lee-composer – 2nd place
Skyler Fennell (Piano major)-composer – 3rd place
Artur Korotin
Anthony Golden
Aana Rase
Juan Medina

Middle school:
Dylan Tyree-composer – 1st place
Isabelle Oss
Claire Harris
Julie Minn

Spring Full Orchestra Concert

May 19-20, 7p

Schomp Theatre

Our final concerts of the year will be in the Schomp Theatre, 5/19 and 5/20 at 7p.  They feature  the world premiere performance of senior Liam Ramsey-White’s “City Under the Sea” and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 with pianist John Nauman (Steinway Artist).The middle school will be playing as a full orchestra selections from Bacchanale,Scheherazade,Carmen and The Planets.

City Under the Sea
by Liam Ramsey-White

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.

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 by Thursday, May 14. 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.

HELP OUT: Our Celebration needs a projector with Mac connector, projection screen; audio speakers; extension cords; chafing dish racks and fuel; coolers of ice; BEACH BALLS  and FUN OUTDOOR STUFF! Please sign up here (CLICK HERE) by Wednesday, May 6th.

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!

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.

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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!
Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 pm
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

 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.