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High School: All Western States Honor Orchestra Audition Materials are DUE THIS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER, 13th, 2017
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
Volunteer concession managers needed for concert. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.
Please click here for the 2017-2018 schedule (the full schedule is also at the bottom of the newsletter). As events get closer they will be displayed in this section. Please check this space for any revisions as the year gets closer.
Middle and high school preparing for a memorable year of events!
Middle School Collaboration with DYAO:
Concert Hall 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Concert Hall Rehearsal 5p
Concert 7:00 pm
AUDITION FILES are due to Dr. Lasansky via Dropbox (we will send you an invite from Dropbox to do this) by September 13, 2017
As a reminder: The audition document (mp3 file only) must be labeled: LastName_FirstName_School_Instrument.mp3
All required audition material must be included in one file in the following order: Scales, Orchestral Excerpts, Solo Selection. Only one file including all audition requirements should be submitted per applicant.
Audition recordings must be recorded without accompaniment.
Recordings must also be unedited with no added “overdubs” or reverb.
Mp3 files must be compressed at a bitrate of no more than 256 kbps. Files larger than 20MB will not be accepted. Consider that the quality of the audition recording may reasonably affect the perception of the adjudicators.
In addition, if off-campus forms have not been completed, please complete them as soon as possible. Instructions are at the bottom of this email.
DSAO Partial Scholarships Available
for Middle and High School Trips
We want to make sure EVERY student attends our curricular trips. Our parent volunteers have worked very hard to get the best prices possible for travel and accommodations. Nonetheless we fully realize that these expenses are a true hardship for some of our families. Any DSAO student who is on a free or reduced lunch program automatically qualifies for a scholarship. For those who are not on this program and are experiencing hardship, please submit a letter via e-mail to Ms. Tracy Holt (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 15th at 5p (NO EXCEPTIONS), explaining your circumstances and the amount of assistance requested.
Orchestra Closet Open – Accepting Donations!
We are accepting donations of concert attire for the DSAO orchestra closet.
Now that summer is over has your musician managed to out grow all of that fabulous concert attire that you just purchased last year? Don’t let those items collect dust in the back of their closet. Donate them to the DSAO orchestra closet.
We will have collection boxes in the orchestra room starting this week. So please send those outgrown suits, tuxedos, shirts, bow ties, cummerbunds, dresses, tops, skirts, pants, shoes (anything really) in before the first concert. (For those who don’t know – We started an orchestra concert closet last year where we could store outgrown but still very wearable concert attire donated by orchestra families. This clothing and formal attire is available to any orchestra family prior to each concert for outfitting their growing musician.)
This is a great way to meet and greet Orchestra concert attendees-many of them orchestra families but also people who are new to DSAO performances. Once signed up (CLICK HERE), you will be on a contact list for our House Manager Julie Padilla to coordinate availability for each concert.
We have concert dates throughout the year, and these are great opportunities to get in those volunteer hours and help out the orchestra in its fundraising tasks. We need volunteers to manage the Concessions & Merchandise cash boxes and help sell DSAO merchandise.
There will be an instruction sheet for all concession volunteers, but the job is easy. You will need to arrive approximately 45 minutes prior to the concerts to pick up the cash boxes from the box office (Beki Pineda), organize the concessions table with donated items, and organize the merchandise tables.
No contribution is too small. Every minute of volunteer time is valuable and appreciated.
Thanks to all the parents who helped make Wombat a success! If you took pictures during the event, please upload them to Dropbox
DSAO one of Fifteen Contestants
in the National Orchestra Championships
In the heart of New York City at the elegant Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Orchestra Cup – National Orchestra Championships is held annually to crown the top school orchestra in the nation.
Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation. Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art. The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup!
Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group
PRE-CMEA LUNCH AND CONCERT WITH CU BOULDER ORCHESTRA AT DSA Thursday, Jan 25, 12:30pm
CMEA CONCERT AT THE BROADMOOR HOTEL, COLORADO SPRINGS Jan 25 – Jan 27
From CMEA President Raleigh “Butch” Eversole:Congratulations to you and the DSA Advanced Full Orchestra from Denver School of the Arts for your selection as an “Honor Performing Group” for the 2018 CMEA Clinic/Conference!
We had 130 audition submissions this year, so it is truly an elite honor to be chosen for this exciting event. The competition was quite strong and the quality very deep among the submissions received. Over the next several months there will be apprehension, excitement and anticipation in preparing for your performance. Whether it’s your first or tenth time to have a group chosen, I congratulate you and your students for a job well done. Your work and quest for excellence is respected and honored by all music educators in Colorado!
DSAO HIgh School and Middle School Selected
for ASTA Competition
Competitive groups perform for placement within their own division: Middle School, High School, or Youth Orchestra. The NOF has the opportunity for two Grand Champions, both of whom will play in the NOF Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018. There will be a Grand Champion for the Public School Division and one from the Private School/Youth Orchestra Division.
Complete Forms for off-campus activities
Please note the Power of Attorney and Consent for Emergency Care forms, and a copy of the medical insurance card must be completed and turned in for each student any off-campus overnight trip/event, even those events where parents are in attendance. The Power of Attorney form requires both parents to sign and is required to be notarized. You may find a notary at your local bank, or you may contact either Tracy Holt in the main office or Linda Vliet in the counseling office and ask if they can notarize for you. Both parents must be present to sign if not already completed. Please date both forms for the entire school year so you only have to do this once. Otherwise you have to complete both for all trips/events. These forms are available on the DSAO website (Click Here). Please print, complete, have notarized and drop off in the orchestra forms box in the orchestra room.
For students who have medical conditions or who take medications (including over the counter medications), you need to contact the school nurse for the current school year forms for the trip (Please see forms link on website for these forms).
DSAO King Soopers Fundraising
Dear DSAO Families,
With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that the money we earn from our King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card fundraiser will now go into specific student travel accounts (based on card ownership & use) and will be used towards their Orchestra travel expenses.
Each time you reload your King Soopers Reloadable Gift Card (must be purchased through DSAO for $2.50 – which is the amount already loaded on the card), 5% of each reloading (up to $500) is awarded to DSAO, and we will track it for you and your student. That is 5 cents on every dollar you spend without costing you anything! Even a small amount can help when it comes time to pay for trips. King Soopers sends DSAO a check each time the reloads reach $5,000 or more, and that is when your students travel account will be credited with the amount earned. There is no cash value attached to the account, it is for DSAO fundraising only. Funds may follow the student from year to year providing they stay in the Orchestra. Once the student graduates, or leaves the Orchestra, the funds will be transferred to the DSAO travel scholarship fund, or may be transferred to a sibling within the Orchestra. Funds are not issued to the departing student or family.
Cards may be used at any Kings Soopers and City Market stores and can be used for many types of purchases including groceries, prescriptions, and gasoline. They cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets, stamps, money transactions, gift cards and other types of tickets.
Once you’ve purchased your card from DSAO, You simply give the card to your cashier before your purchases are scanned so the reloading is paid as a separate transaction (or you can do this at the Customer Service before making your purchases). You pay for the reload amount by cash, check or credit card. You can then use the Gift Card to pay for your purchases at any checkout line or fuel center. You can reload again and again. The more you use it, the more money is earned for your student. The money on the card never expires: However, if your balance goes to zero and you don’t reload it within 90 days, the card becomes inactive. You would then need to get a new card from DSAO. If you reload it after it is inactive, your student will not get credit for the reloads.
When DSAO plans a trip, and money is due, we will send you the balance in your students trip account to apply toward the amount due for that trip.