Week of November 26, 2017

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Upcoming Events

  • Sat, Dec 9: Winter Auction Donation Forms Due
  • Sat, Dec 9, 7pSonority Trio Concert
  • Sat, Dec 16: Winter Concert, Dinner and Silent Auction
    • 5:30 pm: Dinner and Silent Auction
    • 7 pm, Concert Hall: Winter Concert
    • All DSAO students are required to attend
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets
    • 6:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
    • Our concession closet needs restocking.  Please see below for concession information.
    • We still need one more volunteer for concessions Please sign up here!
  • Sun, Dec 17, 3 pm, Concert Hall: Winter Concert
    • All DSAO students are required to attend
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets
    • 2:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
  • Jan. 17 and 18: National Western Stockshow

2017-2018 Schedule and Events

  • Please click here for the 2017-2018 schedule (the full schedule is also at the bottom of the newsletter).  As events get closer they will be displayed in this section.  Please check this space for any revisions as the year gets closer.
  • Full Orchestra will attend the CMEA Conference as an Honor Performing Group
    • All three orchestras were chosen, but Dr. L has selected the full orchestra to participate.
    • Jan. 25, 2018: pre-CMEA lunch and concert with CU Boulder Orchestra
    • Jan 26, 11a: Full orchestra performance at CMEA at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs; students will leave on a charter bus from DSA approx. 8a.
  • DPS Citywide Orchestra Festival
    • February 3: Sectionals (Intermediate and Advanced)
    • February 9: Rehearsals
    • February 10: Rehearsals and concert
  • March 1-11, 2018: High School Competes in Orchestra Cup, New York, and then travels to Atlanta for ASTA National Orchestra Festival
  • March 8-11: Middle School at ASTA, Atlanta

DSA Orchestra’s Winter Silent Auction and Dinner

Saturday, December 16

5:30 Dinner and Silent auction before concert.

NO need to cook! Come and enjoy a dinner before the concert. Details to come.

With October slipping away, it is time to gear up for our Orchestra Silent Auction and Dinner!  We are excited about this fun event that raises funds for our department with auctioned baskets.  This year’s event will include dinner before the start of our December 16th concert.

We are asking each family to donate items by December 9th.  CLICK HERE for information flyer.

Thank you for your support for our amazing students!!

Do you have a special talent? Do you have memorabilia collecting dust?  Do you own a condo that you could share for a weekend, give lessons, make art or tutor? Consider donating your items, time and talent for our Winter Silent Auction.  OR ask the concert hall, restaurant or coffee shop you frequent to donate a little something for our kids  (USE TAX FORM for businesses). Items collected will be put into a variety of baskets for the auction. Money will go directly to our Orchestra’s education and travel fund.

NEW THIS YEAR: Student auction table for individual travel account.  Students can bake cookies, babysit, make jewelry or donate a lesson (etc) to go toward their own travel. (Turn in DONATION FORM by December 9 -even if you are bringing items (like cookies) that night.

*We are asking that each family donate to our Orchestra Silent Auction (does not need to be a complete basket).

You can choose to bring items that fit the theme list below or bring something entirely different.  Deliver (along with DONATION FORM to Dr. L’s office) by DECEMBER 9.

BASKET THEMES (Need to get the creative juices flowing?  Here are some themes)

Food/Restaurant – Fast food, slow food, cooking, gift certificates

Movie night/shopping

Fun in the Sun or Night under the Stars

Spa, pamper

Home and Garden

Creativity Unleashed (art, lessons, handmade ornaments, knitting, jewelry)

Music to My Ears

Holiday Cheer

Family Day – Passes, museum tickets, zoo, board games

*We are also looking for any baskets or bags that you no longer need!

QUESTIONS: Contact Carolfennellart@gmail.com for info.


Join us for a feast of salad, pasta, bread and dessert

(gluten, dairy free, vegetarian option available)

December 16, 5:30 pm

Adults $9.00

Students $7.00

Children 5 and under free

No need to cook, come and relax with other fellow Orchestra families and celebrate the end of the first semester with the December Concert and Silent Auction.

To reserve seating, CLICK HERE to add name to list and send in check or cash with your name and number attending to the forms box in the orchestra room by December 10.

Evening of Dancing Horses
2018 National Western Stock Show

Support DSA and have a great time!

Did you know that the DSA Orchestra will be performing at the Evening of Dancing Horses at the 2018 National Western Stock Show? In years past, this performance has featured a college orchestra. This year, the National Western chose US! To show the National Western how much we appreciate them showcasing our kids’ talent – and paying them to play – we would like to have as large a group as possible at the performances. They are January 17 and 18 you can buy discounted tickets for DSA friends and family and some proceeds will go to DSA! Please CLICK HERE to buy the discounted tickets. See you there!

Members of the Moscow Quartet, joined by Anna Arzumanian, are so happy to invite you to attend to the concert of the Sonority Trio, The concert will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Denver School of the Arts

Anna Arzumanian (piano)
Eugenia Alikhanova (violin)
Olga Ogranovitch (cello)

Tickets at the door: cash or check



Beethoven– Piano Trio in D major, Op.70 No.1 “Ghost”

Tchaikovsky– Trio in A minor, Op.50 “In memory of a great artist”

DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that the money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser will now go into specific student travel accounts (based on card ownership & use) and will be used towards their Orchestra travel expenses.

Each time you reload your King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card (must be purchased through DSAO for $2.50 – which is the amount already loaded on the card), 5% of each reloading (up to $500) is awarded to DSAO, and we will track it for you and your student.  That is 5 cents on every dollar you spend without costing you anything!  Even a small amount can help when it comes time to pay for trips.  King Soopers sends DSAO a check each time the reloads reach $5,000 or more, and that is when your students travel account will be credited with the amount earned.  There is no cash value attached to the account, it is for DSAO fundraising only.  Funds may follow the student from year to year providing they stay in the Orchestra.  Once the student graduates, or leaves the Orchestra, the funds will be transferred to the DSAO travel scholarship fund, or may be transferred to a sibling within the Orchestra.  Funds are not issued to the departing student or family.

Cards may be used at any Kings Soopers and City Market stores and can be used for many types of purchases including groceries, prescriptions, and gasoline.  They cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets, stamps, money transactions, gift cards and other types of tickets.

Once you’ve purchased your card from DSAO, You simply give the card to your cashier before your purchases are scanned so the reloading is paid as a separate transaction (or you can do this at the Customer Service before making your purchases).  You pay for the reload amount by cash, check or credit card. You can then use the Gift Card to pay for your purchases at any checkout line or fuel center. You can reload again and again.   The more you use it, the more money is earned for your student.  The money on the card never expires: However, if your balance goes to zero and you don’t reload it within 90 days, the card becomes inactive. You would then need to get a new card from DSAO.  If you reload it after it is inactive, your student will not get credit for the reloads.

When DSAO plans a trip, and money is due, we will send you the balance in your students trip account to apply toward the amount due for that trip.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!

Orchestra Closet  Open – Accepting Donations!

We are accepting donations of concert attire for the DSAO orchestra closet.

Now that summer is over has your musician managed to out grow all of that fabulous concert attire that you just purchased last year?  Don’t let those items collect dust in the back of their closet. Donate them to the DSAO orchestra closet.

We will have collection boxes in the orchestra room starting this week.  So please send those outgrown suits, tuxedos, shirts, bow ties, cummerbunds, dresses, tops, skirts, pants, shoes (anything really) in before the first concert.  (For those who don’t know – We started an orchestra concert closet last year where we could store outgrown but still very wearable concert attire donated by orchestra families.  This clothing and formal attire is available to any orchestra family prior to each concert for outfitting their growing musician.)

Questions or requests contact Chris Engel (cengel_md@yahoo.com)

2017-2018 DSAO Volunteer Positions

Please take a look at the sign-up for 2017-2018  and reply to this email if you have any questions about roles and responsibilities.

2017-2018 Concessions

Please sign up here!

We have concert dates throughout the year, and these are great opportunities to get in those volunteer hours and help out the orchestra in its fundraising tasks.  We need volunteers to manage the Concessions & Merchandise cash boxes and help sell DSAO merchandise.

There will be an instruction sheet for all concession volunteers, but the job is easy. You will need to arrive approximately 45 minutes prior to the concerts to pick up the cash boxes from the box office (Beki Pineda), organize the concessions table with donated items, and organize the merchandise tables.

No contribution is too small.  Every minute of volunteer time is valuable and appreciated.

Be part of a community as unique as you are!
Join hundreds of string musicians and teachers like you at the ASTA 2018 National Conference, March 7-10 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Attend deep dive workshops, hands-on master classes, listen-and-learn sessions, facilitated roundtable discussions, new music reading sessions, and more.

Connect with your community as you gather new ideas and repertoire.

Explore the conference program
Master Classes: Learn from an expert
Observe instructors as they work with top-quality students to hone and refine their performance. Bring your instrument and join the instruction. It’s a great learning opportunity for teachers and students alike.

Pre-collegiate and collegiate master classes include violin, viola, cello, and bass. Multi-level master classes include chamber music and eclectic styles.

Learn more
Interested in being a student for a master class? The call for students will open in November/December 2018. Student selection will begin January 2018. Questions? Contact Susan Hoopes.
Looking for in-depth learning?
Deep dive workshops
Wednesday, March 7 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
If you are looking for more in-depth learning, attend one of our pre-conference workshops:

  • From the Bow to the Baton: Getting the Most Out of Your Middle and High School Ensembles
  • Ukulele Boot Camp for Bowed String Instrument Teachers
  • The Singing, Dancing, and Grooving Bow: Rhythm and Articulation
  • Translating Your Artistic Passion into Legacy Teaching

Space is limited; separate fees apply.

Get workshop details
Save $150 now on registration
Register by November 30 to get the early bird discount, and make your hotel reservation now to ensure a room at the reduced conference rate.

Enjoy everything Atlanta has to offer while staying in the center of it all at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Peachtree Street. This location is walking distance to the Atlanta Aquarium, Coca Cola Factory, Centennial Park, great restaurants, shopping, and more.

Thank you to our sponsors
Platinum: SHAR Music

Gold: D’Addario & Company | Yamaha Corporation of America

Silver: Huntington T. Block | Pirastro GmbH | Potter Violins

Bronze: Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE)

DSAO one of Fifteen Contestants
in the National Orchestra Championships

In the heart of New York City at the elegant Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Orchestra Cup – National Orchestra Championships is held annually to crown the top school orchestra in the nation.

Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.  Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art.  The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup!

Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group

Thursday, Jan 25, 12:30pm

Jan 25 – Jan 27

From CMEA President Raleigh “Butch” Eversole:Congratulations to you and the DSA Advanced Full Orchestra from Denver School of the Arts for your selection as an “Honor Performing Group” for the 2018 CMEA Clinic/Conference!

We had 130 audition submissions this year, so it is truly an elite honor to be chosen for this exciting event.  The competition was quite strong and the quality very deep among the submissions received.  Over the next several months there will be apprehension, excitement and anticipation in preparing for your performance.  Whether it’s your first or tenth time to have a group chosen, I congratulate you and your students for a job well done.  Your work and quest for excellence is respected and honored by all music educators in Colorado!

DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition

The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry.

Competitive groups perform for placement within their own division: Middle School, High School, or Youth Orchestra. The NOF has the opportunity for two Grand Champions, both of whom will play in the NOF Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  There will be a Grand Champion for the Public School Division and one from the Private School/Youth Orchestra Division.

Complete Forms for off-campus activities

 Please note the Power of Attorney and Consent for Emergency Care forms, and a copy of the medical insurance card must be completed and turned in for each student any off-campus overnight trip/event, even those events where parents are in attendance.  The Power of Attorney form requires both parents to sign and is required to be notarized. You may find a notary at your local bank, or you may contact either Tracy Holt in the main office or Linda Vliet in the counseling office and ask if they can notarize for you.  Both parents must be present to sign if not already completed. Please date both forms for the entire school year so you only have to do this once.  Otherwise you have to complete both for all trips/events.  These forms are available on the DSAO website  (Click Here).  Please print, complete, have notarized and drop off in the orchestra forms box in the orchestra room.

For students who have medical conditions or who take medications (including over the counter medications), you need to contact the school nurse for the current school year forms for the trip (Please see forms link on website for these forms).  


Winter Concert

Saturday, Dec 16, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 17th, 3pm

Spring Concert

Friday, Feb 23, 7pm
Saturday, Feb 24, 3pm

Spring Chamber Concert

Friday, Apr 27, 7pm

Spring Pops Concert

Saturday, May 12, 3pm
Sunday, May 13, 3pm