Week of September 6, 2015 


To-Do:  Week of September 6, 2015

  •  Wednesday, Sept. 9- Friday, Sept. 11): Western State Professional Recordings (MORE INFORMATION)
  •  Saturday, Sept. 12, (5p-7p) – Required for High School: DSA Gala Night

Upcoming (See performance schedule below or on website)

  •  Monday, Sept. 14: High School Western State Auditions Due (Click Here)
  • Sept. 26-27Wombat Weekend – For all middle and high school students! – Please see below for information and sign-ups
  • Friday, Oct 2, 7p: Orchestra Concert
  • Saturday, Oct 3, 3p: Orchestra Concert
  • Friday, Oct 30, 7p: Moscow Quartet Concert


Middle School practice music: Everything that has been passed out and/or is on the website. Test on Fantasia 9/17.

High School practice music:  Mahler,  Janacek, Suite movs. 3,4,5,6, Idyll movs. 3,5,6, plus Eine Kleine. Test on Mahler  9/17

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.

Students: I just received comments on your auditions from the Master Mentors. I will be sending everybody a separate email with these comments. The purpose of these comments is to let you know where we believe you are in your playing at this time and to identify possible areas of further growth.

Gala September 12: Please arrive at 5:15. We start playing at 5:30. We need all members of the high school orchestra to play unless you are involved in the DYAO retreat or have alerted me about an unavoidable conflict. Thanks. I do appreciate your dedication to our orchestra!

IMPORTANT Western States info

Please fill out all necessary paper work on the Western States website (CLICK HERE)  and turn in your mp3 to Dr. Lasansky no later than 9/14.

If you would like to have a professional recording made at school by Steven Cleveland, he will be in after school 9/9-9/11. The cost is only $10. If you are interested in this please email Terrie Tyree at: tyreeworld@centurylink.net and let her know so we can assign you a time. Please list which day you prefer.

Enrique Lasansky

Fundraising Needs – You Choose

We need concession managers for upcoming concerts

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 found out this week that 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. 

Wombat Weekend

September 26th and 27th 2015

Help Needed, in all Spots!

We have a new Food Link below!

Food Sign up here.

Drivers/Chaperones  Sign up here.

Equipment needed  Sign up here.

Cost = $15/student

For All Middle School and High School Orchestra Families:

Every year the orchestra students love coming together at the beginning of the school year for a weekend filled with team building activities, eating, and fun.  Our students go home exhausted but happy and ready to start the school year with their fellow students.  This weekend tradition has been named Wombat Weekend.

This year our wonderful Wombat Weekend experience will be held at Chatfield State Park from 1:00 p.m. on Saturday September 26, to 11:30 the following day, Sunday the 27th.  We will be at Group Campsites G & H. 

Our students need our help to make this be a successful experience.  We will need volunteers to donate food, chaperone or drive our students, and let us borrow camping equipment.

Please deliver your students and any camping/food supplies to the park entrance on Roxborough Park Road, where volunteers will shuttle them to the campsite so that each family does not have to pay the park fees. Pickup on Sunday will be from the entrance as well.  Families who are not able to get to Chatfield that weekend should arrange for transportation from DSA by emailing Sue Rudoff, sue@rudoff.com. We look forward to a great time!

Your Wombat Planning Committee

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 before they can attend Wombat Weekend or 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).  Completed forms can be turned into the “forms” box that will be in the orchestra room once school starts.

If your student takes ANY medication, or has a medical condition, you MUST contact the Amy Robinson, the school nurse asap to complete more forms.

Thank you!

Don’t forget – the deadline is September 16!

Everything you need is online, including audition materials and instructional videos with our faculty.

Each year, the University of Northern Colorado hosts the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival, a celebration of orchestral and solo string playing for advanced high school musicians. We encourage your best string students to audition. The audition requirements can be found at  arts.unco.edu/WSHOF

Our faculty have recorded a series of videos to help students polish their audition materials for the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival. Visit arts.unco.edu/wshof or click here to view the audition tip videos.

Western States Honor Orchestra Festival
November 5th – 7th, 2015
Greeley, Colorado

The audition deadline is approaching!

Visit our website at arts.unco.edu/wshof

 to view the audition requirements.

Call 970-351-2273 or emailjennifer.beck@unco.edu if you would like a copy of the audition requirements mailed to you.


Copyright © 2015 UNC College of Performing and Visual Arts Admissions, All rights reserved.
We hope you will encourage your students to audition for the 2015 Western States Honor Orchestra Festival.

Our mailing address is:

UNC College of Performing and Visual Arts Admissions

501 20th Street

Greeley, Co 80639

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.

Websites for This Year’s
National Competitions

Please visit these websites and become more acquainted with the competitions that our students have successfully qualified for this year.  Congratulations again to our young musicians for your hard work!

  • 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)

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 7:00 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

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 dsaorchestra1@gmail.com.  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.