Week of November 8, 2015

Moscow Quartet, Red Riding Hood, and Colorado Chamber Players

To-Do:  Week of November 8, 2015

  •  Mon, Nov 9: Visitation Day, volunteers still needed
  • Mon, Nov 9, 6p, DSA Library: Fundraising Committee Meeting
  •  Thurs, Nov 12: Visitation Day, volunteers still needed
  • Fri, Nov. 13, 7pMoscow Quartet Concert
  •  Sat, Nov 14-Sun, Nov 15: DSAO accompaniment of Red Riding Hood
  •  Sun, Nov 15, 2p: DSA and Colorado Chamber Players at Thornton Senior Center (Free)


Upcoming (See performance schedule below or on website)

  •  Wed, Nov 18, 3-5p: Concerto Competition
  •  Fall Chamber Music Concerts
    • Fri, Nov 20, 7p
    • Sat, Nov 21, 3p
  •  Winter Concerts
    • Sat, Dec. 12, 3p
    • Sun, Dec. 13, 3p

In the Community

Colorado Chamber Players


DSAO Performing at
Red Riding Hood Production
Nov 14, 1p and 4p
Nov 15, 1p

Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School
1001 W. 84th Avenue, Denver 80260

Congratulations to the orchestra for being invited to perform at this professional production.  

We want to do a great job and to support Phamaly by having a substantial presence in the audience!  If students attend the Phamaly musical they will not be required to attend the Moscow Quartet this semester. The production will be charming and very well suited to family audiences. Our students are being paid $100/each for their participation. In short we really want to be invited back for future collaborations!

Red Riding Hood is a humorous and heartwarming musical based on the beloved children’s story. Bridget and Stephen are on a sleepover at their grandmother’s house. When neither of them can sleep, they decide to act out their favorite story. With things found in the attic and clothes from an old wardrobe, what’s real and what’s imagined begins to blur until the children find themselves in the deep, dark woods with a wolf tracking them down! This is a one-hour musical perfect for children up to 12 years old.

Adult General Admission: $15
Child General Admission: $12
Groups of 10+: $10

CLICK HERE for tickets and other information.

Moscow Quartet
Friday, Nov 13, 7p

“Described by Alfred Schnittke as ‘an extraordinary ensemble that distinguishes itself with refined musical style, an unusually beautiful sound, and a tremendous artistic temperament’, the Moscow String Quartet has emerged as one of the major Russian chamber ensembles of today.”

The Moscow String Quartet is a DSAO treasure.  In 2011, they played to rave reviews during a national tour celebrating the birthday of Russian composer Sofia Asgatovna Gubaidulina, who had been encouraged along her “mistaken path” of contemporary music by Shostakovich.

This week’s concert is an evening of chamber music for Piano Trio performed by violinist Eugenia Alikhanova, cellist Olga Ogranovitch and special guest pianist Anna Arzumanian.


Haydn – Piano Trio No.39 “Gypsy”

Beethoven – 10 Variations on ‘Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu’, Op.121a


Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No.1, Op.49

Tickets at the door: cash or check

Fundraising Committee Meeting
Nov. 9, 6p
DSA Library

Come one and all to participate in our 2015-2016 DSAO Fundraising and program activities! About half of our required operating funds comes from the family contribution at the beginning of the year, but in order to keep our Master Mentor and Visiting Artist programs functioning well all year, we still have work to do. 


ALSO: We are not allowed to raise funds for travel expenses using our DSA Friends Foundation donation link (IRS rules). However, we are allowed to raise money through our other fundraising activities-King Soopers Cards, concessions, auctions, ticket sales.  


Please join us by giving your time and talent in a way that works for you and your family.



See this link for additional fundraising lead positions!


We all love our social media and we will use it to our greatest advantage to spread the word to family, friends and music-loving strangers who want to help our orchestra this year. Please VISIT, LIKE AND SHARE our DSAO Facebook Page which includes special messages about our fundraising needs this year and instructions on how to help. https://www.facebook.com/DSAOrchestra?fref=ts


Please visit these websites and become more acquainted with the competitions that our students have successfully qualified for this year.

  • High School: Midwest Clinic – Chicago, Illinois • Dec. 15-19, 2015 (Click Here)
  • Middle School: ASTA National Orchestra Festival – Tampa Bay, Florida • March 3-5, 2016 (Click Here)


Chamber Concert

Nov. 20, 7p
Nov. 21, 3p

Students and Mentors have worked very hard this semester TO PRODUCE WONDERFUL CHAMBER MUSIC. ALL DSAO STUDENTS REGARDLESS OF THEIR INVOLVEMENT  ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AT LEAST ONE CONCERT. This is the best way for students to support each other, build camaraderie and listen to a beautiful assortment of music!


2015-2016 Colorado All State Orchestra

Dear Students/Parents (10th through 12th grade)

You should have received an email last week about Colorado All-State Orchestra deadlines.  If you did not, please reply to this email as soon as possible.  The below deadlines are this week.

Submit your music file to Dr. Lasansky by Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Audition forms, payments and audition files (for all instruments) are due Friday, November 13, 2015. 

Music Shadow Day
MSU Denver
Nov. 9, 8:30a-4p

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Music department is happy to announce that they will be hosting a Music Shadow Day for high school juniors and seniors on Monday, November 9, 2015 from 8:30am-4:00pm on the MSU campus.

Shadow Day is a great opportunity for our students to visit campus and see what the MSU program is all about. During Shadow Day, students will be able to attend classes, ensemble rehearsals, private lessons, and Q&A sessions with students and faculty. Students will also be treated to a special performance by MSU music majors.  Lunch will be provided and there is no fee to attend.

Students may register online at  http://www.msudenver.edu/music/events/shadowday/.

Students who are unable to attend this event can always set up an individual appointment with the renowned faculty, and are invited to attend any of the other events MSU have planned this semester. You will find the full performance schedule online at  http://www.msudenver.edu/music/events/.

First Annual Winter Concert Silent Auction

December 12-13

With the holidays around the corner, we are excited about raising funds for trips through auctioned baskets at our December 12 and 13th concert.

We are asking each family to be creative and come up with two donations in the theme for your grade. Baskets/donations are Due December 4th  to the orchestra dept, so we have time to wrap and label them.  This is your chance to let your creativity shine.  These themes can be flexible, so if you have an idea different than your grade, go for it!  Perhaps you want to babysit for three hours, give a lesson, play an hour at an event, or have a condo you can share for two nights….those are great! Please fill out the application form (CLICK HERE) when you bring in your baskets.

Thank you for your support for our amazing students!!

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

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.


Concerto Competition

November 18, 3-5p

This competition is open to all DSA orchestra, band, guitar,piano and vocal majors. Please choose a movement  from a concerto or solo and orchestra piece (15 min or less).


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.

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


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!


Please sign up here to help with Visitation Days for prospective students!

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!Chamber Music Concerts

November 20, 2015 7:00 PM
November 21, 2015 3:00 PM


Orchestra Concerts
December 12, 2015 3:00 PM
December 13, 2015 3:00 PM

Orchestra Concerts
February 26, 2016 7:00 PM
February 27, 2016 3:00 PM


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

Coming up in November, CCP and DSA perform!