Week of October 18, 2015

To-Do:  Week of October 18, 2015

Upcoming (See performance schedule below or on website)

  • 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

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.

Midwest and ASTA

Thank you to all who were able to attend last week’s parent meeting, where many great ideas were discussed.  Excitement is continuing to build!

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.

EOP String Competition
November 14 & 15
MSU Denver

Application Due Tomorrow!

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.

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.

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.

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