Week of September 18, 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!

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 10/7, 7:00 PM, Concert Hall: Orchestra Concert
    • CLICK HERE to purchase tickets as the date approaches.
    • 6:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
    • 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.
    • 2:15p: Students should be present, in concert attire and tuning.
    • Volunteer concession managers needed for concert. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.
  • The full performance schedule is at the bottom of the newsletter.
  • New and returning students, make sure to review the concert requirements (attire, attendance, etc.) in the student handbook.

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.

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!

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 contact markherlinger@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.

 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.

Second Annual Winter Silent Auction

Details on the Way!

The DSA Orchestra Department is excited to announce the Second Annual Winter Silent Auction Saturday, December 10, before the orchestra concert and during intermission.

Please mark your calendars and tell others about our event.

More donation information to come.

No contribution is too small.  Every minute of volunteer time is valuable and appreciated.

Fall Concert, October 7 and 8

Our first concerts are coming up soon!  Our concerts are by far our biggest fundraisers and our most important activity.   We ask that each family invite at least five new friends who’ve never seen the concerts to attend. The money will go to the student scholarship fund, and the DSAO will garner new friends dedicated to the success of our program!


Please bring the following items by grade for concessions at these concerts:

6: water, juice or sodas
7: chips and fruit (pre-packaged apple slices are great!)
8: cookies/pastries (preferably pre-packaged)
9: candy/candy bars
10: water, juice or sodas
11: cookies/pastries (preferably pre-packaged)

Seniors are exempt from donations requirements unless you wish to contribute.

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

Volunteer student violinist and cellists desperately needed

Hello High School Orchestra students,

I am an elementary music teacher with a very large, brand new string program.  I am in need of some teenagers to give individual help. Musicianship level is not really important.  The students who volunteer will get volunteer hours to use for college applications.  Rehearsals are on Mondays from 3:50 to 4:50or any time they can get there.  Even if they can only come once in a while, I could use the help.

Here is my contact information:

Charlotte Braud-Kern
Beach Court Elementary School
4950 Beach Court
Home# 303-394-0419


Colorado Chamber Players:
Jewish Sounds of Soviet Russia

The award-winning Colorado Chamber Players will be performing on the prestigious JAAMM Festival series this year at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 11/16/16, 7 p.m.,  and they have generously offered 50 tickets to the DSA community for $10 each.  DSA students, faculty and staff can use the code DSA10 after September 1st,  by calling the Mizel box office at 303-316-6360 or by going online at:  http://maccjcc.org/. Tickets are usually $18/$20, this is a substantial discount for the DSA community.

Elaine Wolf Theatre
$20 Adult, $18 Student/Senior (non-discount price)

Jewish and Yiddish music have always found their way into Russian music. The role of Jewish composers in Russia changed dramatically after the rise of Stalin and after World War II.  While Jewish music was officially banned (or declared non-existent) after World War II, many composers continued to incorporate Jewish themes into their pieces.

Russian composers Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev and Jewish composers Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Mikhail Gnesin all managed to weave Ashkenazi Jewish folk music into their compositions, in spite of anti-Semitic repression under Stalin’s rule.  This evening’s program explores specific pieces with Jewish elements by these composers.  Colorado Chamber Players musicians offer spoken program notes.

Overture on Hebrew Themes, Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Quintet, op. 11, “Requiem”, Mikhail Gnesin
Excerpt, Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet, Igor Stravinsky
Excerpt from String Quartet no. 4, op. 83, Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Quintet, op.18, Mieczyslaw Weinberg

Free Family Concert with the Altius Quartet

Sunday, October 9, 2016, 2:00 pm
Denver School of the Arts
Tickets:  Free
Join us on October 9 for Friends of Chamber Music’s third annual Family Concert. The Altius Quartet, Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, will present an interactive “shuffle” program for all ages.  Audience participation is a must in this unique concert!  From a wide-ranging “menu” of pieces— from Mozart and Beethoven to Taylor Swift and Led Zeppelin — audience members will choose what they want the quartet to play.  Release your inner DJ and learn about a variety of composers and musical styles.  Come and create a set list with your friends and family!

We’ll have refreshments and a chance to meet the musicians in the lobby following this interactive program — fun for all ages!

Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver


4th Annual Fiddle Competition

Sponsored by
Colorado Elks and American Furniture

CLICK HERE for more information

Colorado violinists in grades 3rd to 12th are invited to participate in three grade categories.

A non-refundable $10.00 registration fee is required in order to participate. This needs to be sent along with the registration form (see attached). Make your check out to “Colorado Elks Association.” The registration fee and form must be received by September 30, 2016.

Mail your form and check to: Ken McIntosh, 8989 W. 14th Avenue, #405-South, Lakewood, CO 80215.
Contact Ken McIntosh at kenmcintosh@idcomm.com or 303-234-0469 for the music and sound files.

2016 Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado Auditions

From: Brian Cornell [bcornell@gmail.com]

Fact Sheet

I’m writing on behalf of the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) of Colorado to announce the opportunity for classical musicians in Colorado between the ages of 10 and 20 to audition for a spot on the 2017/2018 YMF Artist Roster.  Please forward this email to your young musicians and any other organizations or teachers that may have students who are interested in this opportunity. 

 This is a fantastic opportunity for very talented musicians who currently aspire to a professional career in music- YMF provides funding for musical enrichment opportunities (typically $1,000- $2,000/ year depending on age) for camps/ master classes and competitions as well as annual performance opportunities with other talented young musicians in a professional setting at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.  In addition, over $2,000 of prize money is awarded to top performers in the Audition process. 

 The application process consists of two parts.  An initial application and CD submission is due on November 15, 2016, from which finalists are then selected to take part in a one-day live audition the last week in December.  Attached is both the audition application and fact sheet with pertinent details of the process and requirements.  Further information is available on the YMF website:  www.youngmusiciansfoundation.org
Since its founding in 1988, YMF has supported over 120 extremely talented Colorado musicians, many of whom have gone onto achieve amazing accomplishments, whether it be soloing with the CSO, graduating from top tier musical institutions like Juilliard and Eastman, or successful careers as soloists or orchestra members.  Many former roster members have credited YMF with giving them the additional exposure and resources needed beyond their traditional training to properly prepare and excel in their professional musical pursuits.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding the application, audition process, or YMF in general. 
Best Regards,
Brian Cornell
YMF Board Member
(303) 549-5546


Friday 10/7 Orchestra Concert 7:00 PM  Concert Hall
Sat. 10/8 Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM Concert Hall

Thursday  11/17 Chamber Music Concert 7:00 PM Concert Hall

Saturday 12/10  Orchestra Concert  7:00 PM Concert Hall
Sunday 12/11 Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM Concert Hall

Saturday 1/21  Full Orchestra Concert 7:00pm Concert Hall
Sunday 1/22   Full Orchestra Concert 3:00pm Concert Hall

Friday March 3 7p  L’Histoire du Soldat Concert Hall
Saturday March 4 3p and 7p   L’Histoire du Soldat  Concert Hall

Friday 3/10 Orchestra  Concert 7:00 PM Concert Hall
Saturday  3/11 Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM Concert Hall

Friday 4/28    Chamber Concert 7:00 PM  Concert Hall

Friday  5/12     Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert 7:00 PM  Concert Hall
Sat.     5/13   Disney/Pops Orchestra Concert  7:00 PM  Concert Hall
Sunday 5/14   Disney/Pops Orchestra Concert  3:00 PM  Concert Hall


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.