Week of September 27, 2015 – Fall Concert Week!


To-Do:  Week of September 27, 2015

  • Wednesday, Sept 30: Europe Trip – Last day to enroll before price increase.
  • Thursday, Oct 1: Advanced (HS) Orchestra Midwest Photo Shoot
    • Please wear concert attire for the photoshoot!
  • Friday, Oct 2, 7p: Orchestra Concert
    • 6:15p: In concert attire and tuning.  Please see handbook for information.
  • Saturday, Oct 3, 3p: Orchestra Concert
    • 2:15p: In concert attire and tuning.

Upcoming (See performance schedule below or on website)

  •  Tuesday, Oct 13, 6-7pDSAO All-Parent Meeting, DSA Library
  • Friday, Oct. 16: High School Mahler Assignment Due
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28: Europe Trip sign-up deadline; Sept. 30 discount deadline
  • Friday, Oct 30, 7p: Moscow Quartet Concert
  •  Thurs, Nov 5-Saturday, Nov 7: Western States Honor Orchestra

Fall Concert, October 2 and 3

Our first concerts are this week!  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.

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High School Europe Trip Deadline

Oct. 28

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

HOWEVER: The program price for this tour will increase $75 for those not enrolled after September 30, 2015 (WEDNESDAY).

To ensure this price, students should enroll in September with a $95 deposit.


High School:

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.

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

The agenda includes trip updates and discussion of fundraising strategies. 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)

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! 

Orchestra Concerts
October 2, 2015 7:00 PM
October 3, 2015 3:00 PM

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