Week of November 29, 2015

  • Middle School Special Concert, Wednesday: Please sign up to help provide snacks!
  • High School to CPR, Thursday and high school tour on Friday
  • Silent Auction Items Deadline, Friday

To-Do:  Week of November 29, 2015

  •  Tues, Dec. 1: Mahler Assignment due
  •   Wed, Dec. 2, 2:35p-5:30p: Middle School Special Concert
    • Band, orchestra and El Sistema
    • Students are required to participate
    • Parent volunteers requested to provide snacks for students
    • Students will  need to be ready for a 2:45-4:00 rehearsal followed by snacks.
    • The concert will take place 4:30-5:30. Parents are welcome to attend
  •  Wed, Dec. 2, 6-7p: DSAO Pre-Audition Meeting
  •  Thurs, Dec. 3, 12:15-3p: High School Chamber Orchestra CPR Performance
  •  Fri, Dec 4: Deadline for Silent Auction items
  •  Fri, Dec 4, 8-3: High School Orchestra performances at high schools
  • Sat, Dec 5: 9a-noon, West High SchoolCitywide Intermediate Sectional Rehearsal

Upcoming (See performance schedule below or on website)

                   

Snacks and Celebration
El Sistema/DSA MS Band and
DSAO Sinfonia Performance

We would like to provide snacks for the post-program celebration with DSA MS Band, DSAO Sinfonia and the students from the El Sistema music program. This program will be held on December 2nd after school, with rehearsals from 2:45-4:00, a snack celebration at 4:00 in the Band Room, and performance from 4:30-5:30p.

We need parents to bring snacks and drinks to share with our friends at El Sistema and among our students (about 120 kids total). This is a very special program and collaboration with talented young students from El Sistema, and you are invited to attend!

Please CLICK HERE to sign up

Please deliver snacks to the orchestra or band room with a note designated “snack for El Sistema Concert”.  Thank you!!!

The El Sistema program is inspired by the El Sistema program in Venezuela. They currently serve students ECE through 11th at three different sites: Garden Place Academy, Swansea Elementary, and Bruce Randolph School. They supplement both orchestra, band, and choir instruction.

First Annual Winter Silent Auction

December 12th

During the orchestra concert

We need your donations by December 4th! 

Be creative!  Do you tutor? Speak a foreign language?  Give a lesson on an instrument?  Have a condo that you might share for a weekend?  Wonderful!

Please note that you need only bring in ITEMS that match the themes.  The students will then assemble the items into baskets once they are collected.

Please fill out the application form (CLICK HERE or HERE) when you bring in your items.

Thank you for your support for our amazing students!!

The themes below are flexible, so if you have an idea different than your grade, go for it!

Please email carolfennellart@gmail.com if you have questions.

6th grade- Movie/Cinema
7th grade- It’s a date/ Parents night out
8th grade- Travel/International
9th grade- Handmade/Creative
10th grade- Staying In
11th grade- Outdoor Adventure/Sports
12th grade- I love being Pampered

*We are also in need of baskets, so if you have any gathering dust, let me know!

Citywide Orchestras Rehearsal Schedule

DPS City Wide Orchestra rehearsals and concerts are fast approaching.
Info and music parts are available on the Citywide website (http://dps-citywideorchestras.wikispaces.com/

) under the “Practice Tools” section.

Intermediate Honor Orchestra 
Intermediate sectional rehearsal: Sat, Dec 5, 9a-noon, West High School
Rehearsal: Fri, Jan 8, 10a-4:30p, West High School
Rehearsal: Sat, Jan 9, 9a-2p, West High School
Performance: Sat, Jan 9, 3p, West High School

The Winter Concert is coming up!  Our concerts are by far our biggest fundraisers and our most important activity.   We ask that each family invite at least five new friends who’ve never seen the concerts to attend. The money will go to the student scholarship fund, and the DSAO will garner new friends dedicated to the success of our program!

Please bring the following items by grade for concessions at these concerts:

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.

Advertising in the Concert Brochure

We’d love your help to secure community support for DSAO visiting artists and travel!  If you are ready to roll up your sleeves, check out our updated concert ad brochure.  Businesses or families can take out ads that appear for the entire season (4 concerts) or just once as a note of congratulations.
Please put “Advertising”  in the subject line and contact Chari Pashman at kcdawg@comcast.net.  This is also a good way to put a personal message of congratulations for your student, to be displayed in the program.

Assignments

Advanced Orchestra Mahler Examination:

Study the score of the Mahler Adagietto. In addition become familiar with the history of the music. What did Mahler say about this movement?

Listen to the piece many times. Which version do you prefer?  Why? Become familiar with Mahler’s use of harmony. We will go over the harmony and structure in class. Your major assignment for the first quarter  is to make a tone map  of the Adagietto. If you are not familiar with tone maps, please look this up. This assignment will be due 12/1/15.

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Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program

If you have not already set up a contribution, we wanted to remind you about the $350 fee,  per family,  for our Master Mentors program.  This is an expectation for all DSAO families.

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.  Please give checks to Tracy Holt in the main office.

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.


Volunteer Positions

SLOTS STILL OPEN!

Please visit this page to see if you can help with some of our open positions. It really does take a village, so let’s share the responsibility and help our kids!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ba9a92aa5f94-20152016

VISITATION DAYS 2015
Please sign up here to help with Visitation Days for prospective students!
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054BA9A92AA5F94-visitation

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

Investing in DSAO

Advertising in the Concert Brochure

We’d love your help to secure community support for DSAO visiting artists and travel!  If you are ready to roll up your sleeves, check out our updated concert ad brochure.  Businesses or families can take out ads that appear for the entire season (4 concerts) or just once as a note of congratulations.
Please put “Advertising”  in the subject line and contact Chari Pashman at kcdawg@comcast.net.  This is also a good way to put a personal message of congratulations for your student, to be displayed in the program.

Schedule a House Party

Schedule a house party featuring DSAO musicians and ask the attendees to support  this year’s trips.  It’s a fun and easy way to introduce friends, family and community to the excellence of our program and could garner DSAO fans for years to come.

 Buy groceries, support DSAO

Make sure you purchase a reloadable King Soopers card! 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. You may email Carol Fennell for information about purchasing a card.

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.


Concerts for 2015-2016

2015-16 CONCERT SCHEDULE AVAILABLE NOW! This year is better than ever and we can’t wait to share our talent with you! Please visit  http://dsa.dpsk12.org/performances/ as each concert date approaches (usually at least 3 weeks ahead of concert dates). You will be able to purchase tickets online!WARM UP TO WINTER WITH US!
Orchestra Concerts
December 12, 2015 3:00 PM
December 13, 2015 3:00 PM

MIDWINTER’S MUSIC
Orchestra Concerts
February 26, 2016 7:00 P
February 27, 2016 3:00 PM

SPRING INTO THE SEASON WITH DSAO!
Chamber Music Concerts
May 6, 2016 7:00 PM
May 7, 2016 3:00 PM

Orchestra Concerts
May 14, 2016 7:00 PM
May 15, 2016 3:00 PM

Colorado Chamber Players

Shostakovich Year One