Week of October 11, 2015

DSAO Parent Meeting Tuesday

To-Do:  Week of October 11, 2015

Upcoming (See performance schedule below or on website)

  • Mon, Oct. 19EOP String Competition Application Due
  • Mon, Oct. 26: Citywide Orchestra Auditions
  • Wed, Oct. 28Europe Trip sign-up deadline
  • Fri, Oct 30, 7p: Moscow Quartet Concert
  •  Thurs, Nov 5-Sat, Nov 7: Western States Honor Orchestra
  •  Sat, Nov 14-Sun, Nov 15: DSAO accompaniment of Red Riding Hood
  •  Wed, Nov 18, 3-5p: Concerto Competition

Midwest and ASTA
DSAO all-parent meeting
Oct. 13, 6-7 pm in the DSA library

We will provide updates on all three trips being planned for this year and discuss the Winter Basket Auction and Dinner fundraising idea!

You may also bring trip payments or Family Contribution Fees to this meeting.

This is an important meeting, and we’d love participation from each family.

We need concession managers for upcoming concerts

Thank you to all who have signed up so far for concessions.  Please sign up here to find date(s) and time(s) that work for you to help out managing the concessions and merchandise sales at our concerts. These are great ways to help DSAO make money and raise funds during concert performances!

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
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. 

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)

High School Europe Trip Deadline

Oct. 28

Please note that the final date to enroll is October 28, 2015.


Chair tests:

Middle School Orchestra:
1st violins Movement 3, Tordion, from A to B, or measures 9 to 16

2nd. violins G and H on movement 4

Violas, Celli and bass: Please prepare the test music that was given in class.

Advanced Orchestra: Dvorak 5th mov.:1st violins 94-112

2nd. violins 234-260

Violas 86-112

Celli 113-125 158-170

Bass Presto to the end
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 10/16/15.

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).

Citywide Orchestra Auditions

Oct. 26

Auditions are being held this year for DSA students, in order to determine intermediate and advanced placement.  Auditions will be held from 7:30-9a and from 9:05a-10:45a on October 26.  Audition materials and further information can be found on the website (CLICK HERE).

Citywide Orchestra for High School School: DSA  high school students are required to participate in at least one of the following festivals: WSHO Festival, Colorado All-State Orchestra or Denver Citywide Orchestra.

Citywide Orchestra for Middle School: All DSA middle school students are required to participate.

DSAO Performing at
Red Riding Hood Production
Nov 14-15

Congratulations to the orchestra for being invited to perform at this professional production.  CLICK HERE for tickets and other information.

EOP String Competition
November 14 & 15
MSU Denver

Application Due Monday, October 19

Please see website for rules, repertoire and application information (CLICK HERE).

The first annual EOP String Competition is open to all violin, viola, and cello students between the ages of 8-18 studying classical music. The EOP Competition is presented in collaboration with the string department of the Metropolitan State University of Denver and will be held in the spectacular King Center on the MSU campus on Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th.

The purpose of this competition is to provide young string students throughout the Colorado Front Range area an opportunity to compete within their own instrumental and age groups. Unlike most other competitions for young instrumentalists, violinists will compete with violinists, cellists with cellists, etc. Winners within each group will have the opportunity to perform in a winner’s recital at the King Center Concert Hall as well as receive a small cash prize. All competitors are invited to a performance given by the string faculty at MSU Denver as well as other programs and instructional opportunities that will be presented throughout the two-day event.

MSU Denver classroom photo

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/.

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