Week of Sept 11, 2016

We have an extra blue cooler and some other lost and found items in the Orchestra room, please have your student take a look. We are also missing a long extension cord–if anyone accidently put it in their car please leave it in the orchestra room with a note attached. Thank you so much!

To-Do Week of September 11, 2016

  •  Wed, Sept. 14, 3p: High School Western State Auditions Due (Click Here)
    • Send .mp3 file to Dr. Lasansky
  •  Saturday, Sept. 17, 4p (Gala starts at 5:30p): High school orchestra students are required to perform for the annual DSA Fall Gala.  Please arrive by 4p in concert attire.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 10/7, 7:00 PM, Concert Hall: Orchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
    • Volunteer concession managers needed for concert. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.
  • Sat. 10/8, 3:00 PM, Concert HallOrchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
    • Volunteer concession managers needed for concert. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.
  • The full performance schedule is at the bottom of the newsletter.  As events get closer they will be displayed in this section.
  • New and returning students, make sure to review the concert requirements (attire, attendance, etc.) in the student handbook.  In addition, concessions requests will be sent as concerts approach.

Homework Assignments

Please visit http://www.dsaorchestra.org for full assignment instructions. Hover over “Students” and click appropriate Assignments page.  Orchestral music is also found at this location.  Please note that the new password is Debussy16.Middle School
Assignment 1 due 9/16 Read “Fundamentals: Getting Started and Melody. Under “Courses” complete “Intro to Ear Training” . Complete 40 levels for an “A” of any of the  games  under Sound, Pitch, Scales.

High School
Assignment 1 due 9/16 Read “Fundamentals: Getting Started and Melody. Under “Courses” complete “Intro to Ear Training” . Complete 60  levels for an “A” of any of the  games  under Sound, Pitch, Scales.
Also due 9/16 for high school
Compare recordings by Mariner and Ozawa on YouTube of Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances


For Advanced Orchestra Students
Western States Honor Orchestra Revised

Submission Deadline, 9/14 to Dr. Lasansky

All students auditioning for Western States Honors Orchestra must submit their mp3 file, formatted per WSHO guidelines (CLICK HERE), to Dr. Lasansky by 3p on Wed, September 14.   Please note the revised deadline and instructions.  Also, while WSHO auditions are required for freshmen, other advanced orchestra students may choose between WSHO and All-State. Thank you!

If you are a high school student or parent, you should have received this notice by email last week.  If you did not, please click “update subscription preferences” at the bottom, and verify that “High School Student” or “High School Parent” is selected in your preferences.  Alternatively, please reply to this email.

Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program

As we begin the school year, we wanted to remind you about the $350 fee,  per family,  for our Master Mentors program.  This is an expectation for all DSAO families.

For all of our new members of DSAO: we use this money throughout the year  to bring in a whole team of outstanding musicians to work with DSAO students. These mentors work with individual sections, coach chamber music, and sometimes work one on one with students. This  aspect of the  DSAO program is one of the main things that set us apart from other school orchestra programs and help us achieve the excellence we are accustomed to.

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.
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.


Investing in DSAO

Attention Business Owners – Friends and Family!

Welcome to the new school year! As you head back to school, please consider promoting your business (or promoting your friend’s business) in this year’s DSAO concert programs. (CLICK HERE for brochure). Advertising money helps fund the orchestra program, and has the added bonus of helping our families and friends promote their businesses!

Ad Submittals: It’s incredibly easy to submit advertising artwork/logos/business cards via email to Mark Herlinger, our advertising and program graphic designer. If you need assistance designing your advertisement, Mark will help you with that too! For questions about graphic guidelines to submit advertisements, please contactmarkherlinger@gmail.com.

Payment: Via check – Once payment is received (please turn in checks to Tracy Holt, DSA Arts Secretary in the Front Office) the advertisement will be placed in the program which is printed for all major orchestra concerts throughout the year.

Advertising graphics and payments due by September 15, 2016. This deadline is set to ensure business owners receive the benefit of the full year of advertising in the DSAO Concert program.

 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.


Student Volunteer Opportunities with El Sistema

From the website: “Almost 40 years ago, Dr. José Antonio Abreu gathered 11 children in a parking garage in Carácas, Venezuela, to play music—and El Sistema was born. The El Sistema model, using ensemble music to transform the lives of at-risk youth and communities, has now become a world-wide phenomenon.”

Regular El Sistema after school programming will meet at the following times and locations beginning this Tuesday, September 6th.  This provides a wonderful opportunity for orchestra students and parents alike to help spread the love and learning of music through volunteer time.   Parents or students interested in volunteering can contact El Sistema at volunteer@elsistemacolorado.org.

Garden Place Academy:
M-W 3:30-5:30, Th 1-3

Swansea Elementary School:
M-Th 3-4:30

Bruce Randolph Middle/High:
M-Th 2:30-5:30