Summer News Update – June 18, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS – CMEA SELECTION

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • 2017-2018 DSAO Performance Schedule
  • Middle and high school preparing for a memorable year of events!
    • Since this will be a year of travelling, be on the lookout for information and meeting dates as we get closer to the school year
    • Full Orchestra will attend the CMEA Conference as an Honor Performing Group
      • All three orchestras were chosen, but Dr. L has selected the full orchestra to participate.
      • Jan. 25, 2018: pre-CMEA lunch and concert with CU Boulder Orchestra
    • March 1-11, 2018: High School Competes in Orchestra Cup, New York, and then travels to Atlanta for ASTA National Orchestra Festival
    • March 8-11: Middle School at ASTA, Atlanta
  • Save these dates!  More information forthcoming
    • Sun. August 20: Welcome back potluck
    • Sat. August 26: Wombat Day
    • Sun. October 8: Friends of Chamber Music Free Family Concert
  • For summer preparations: placement audition materials below


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

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

The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry.

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.


DSAO 2017-18: New and Returning Students

At the beginning of each year we give a “preliminary placement” audition.  Preparing these materials during the summer will put you in great shape to begin DSAO!

Middle School:

For new and existing middle school students, prepare a solo piece of your choice along with one major scale and one melodic minor scale (two octaves with 0-3 sharps or flats) plus a two-octave g chromatic scale. Three octave scales are optional. You will also be asked to sight read.

High School:

The audition consists of the same materials used for Western States Honor Orchestra and Colorado All-State Orchestra.  You can find those materials here: http://www.coloradoallstateorchestra.org/audition-eligibility-and-materials (make sure you listen to recordings of the pieces so you have a good sense of how your part fits into the piece!)  In addition, please prepare  a movement (at least the exposition) of a major solo piece. Sight reading will also be required.

Thanks,
Dr. Lasansky


DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that, starting May 15, 2017, 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 send 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.

King Soopers cards will be available prior to each concert in May.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!


Are you looking for a new violin teacher?
CSO Violinist Allegra Wermuth expanding studio

Allegra Wermuth, an incredibly talented and motivating private violin teacher, is expanding her studio and will be accepting new violin students.  Allegra is the Assistant Principal Second Violin for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  She currently teaches three DSA orchestra students, Anna Clair Schultz, Mary Fox, and Michael Han, all of whom adore her and have made enormous musical strides under her tutelage.  She teaches out of her studio in Golden.  If interested, please contact Allegra at allegrawermuthviolin@gmail.com or (303) 917-5285.


2017/18 DSAO PERFORMANCES

Fall Concert

Friday, Oct 6, 7pm
Saturday, Oct 7, 3pm

Fall Chamber Concert

Friday, Nov 17, 7pm

Winter Concert

Saturday, Dec 16, 7pm
Sunday, Dec 17th, 3pm

Spring Concert

Friday, Feb 23, 7pm
Saturday, Feb 24, 3pm

Spring Chamber Concert

Friday, Apr 27, 7pm

Spring Pops Concert

Saturday, May 12, 3pm
Sunday, May 13, 3pm

Week of May 21, 2017

End-of-Year Celebration Tomorrow!

May 22, 6:30p

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Mon, May 22, 6:30p DSA Commons: End of year celebration!  Save the date!
    • Please send payment ASAP
    • Attendance is expected for all DSA students
    • A few more drink and cleanup signups are needed (CLICK HERE)
    • This Monday’s Banquet is the last chance of the year to pick up King Soopers Cards for Travel
  • Juries begin Monday
  • For summer preparations: placement audition materials below
  • Call for Photos: Please send your good photos of this years’ events to Dr. Lasansky in preparation for our May 22nd end-of-year banquet and for other pages (e.g. Facebook).
  • Fill the Gap Phase One a resounding success!!!
  • The Orchestra Closet is still open for those outfits your child has outgrown, and if you need concert attire.
  •  Lesson Opportunities Available with CSO Violinist Allegra Wermuth

To Do Week of May 21


CLICK HERE to RSVP ASAP

DSAO End of Year Banquet!!

 
It’s time for our End of Year Banquet Celebration!  We hope that you will be able to attend as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments and events of this past school year.  This is also the time that we give special recognition to our graduating seniors and a warm send-off as they approach the next chapter in their lives! 
This year the event will be held in the DSA Commons and will be catered.  There is a $10 per person fee for this event.  Checks may be made payable to DSAO and turned into the forms box or given to Mrs. Tyree.  You may also give the checks to Tracy Holt in the main office to hold for Mrs. Tyree.

Please take a moment and RSVP with how many in your group that will be attending.  

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Date: 05/22/2017 (Mon.)

Time: 6:30pm MDT

Location: DSA Commons


Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors!


It is with heavy but pride-filled hearts that we send our graduating seniors out into the world. We will miss them and their leadership terribly, but know that the world will be made better by their future contributions. We wish them all happiness and fulfillment in their post-DSA lives. Congratulations to each and every one of you!!!
 
Emma Cohen – CU Boulder
Rachel England – Aurora Community College 
Corley Friesen-Johnson – Oberlin College
Simone Hammet-Lynch – Oberlin College
Grace Holleman – Barnard College
Artur Korotin – Lamont School of Music at DU
Dong Lee – Gap Year
Arianna Montoya-Garcia – CSU
Greer Ramsey-White – University of Indiana at Bloomington
Gabe Rupe – Brubeck Institute, University of the Pacific


DSAO 2017-18: New and Returning Students

At the beginning of each year we give a “preliminary placement” audition.  Preparing these materials during the summer will put you in great shape to begin DSAO!

Middle School:

For new and existing middle school students, prepare a solo piece of your choice along with one major scale and one melodic minor scale (two octaves with 0-3 sharps or flats) plus a two-octave g chromatic scale. Three octave scales are optional. You will also be asked to sight read.

High School:

The audition consists of the same materials used for Western States Honor Orchestra and Colorado All-State Orchestra.  You can find those materials here: http://www.coloradoallstateorchestra.org/audition-eligibility-and-materials (make sure you listen to recordings of the pieces so you have a good sense of how your part fits into the piece!)  In addition, please prepare  a movement (at least the exposition) of a major solo piece. Sight reading will also be required.

Thanks,
Dr. Lasansky


DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Terrie Tyree will be selling King Soopers cards at the Banquet on Monday evening and this is the last chance to get the cards before the end of the year.

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that, starting May 15, 2017, 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 send 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.

King Soopers cards will be available prior to each concert in May.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!



Final Update

As of midnight Friday night….
$511,112 was raised
for the
Fill the Gap Campaign!

Thank you to the
561 donors who helped us to exceed
our goal of $500,000!

Your support of DSA is deeply appreciated.


Orchestra Closet Still Open – Accepting Donations!

We are still accepting donations of concert attire for the DSAO orchestra closet.

Now that concert season is over has your musician managed to out grow all of that fabulous concert attire that you just purchased at the start of the school year?

Don’t let those items collect dust in the back of their closet his summer.

Donate them to the DSAO orchestra closet.

We will have collection boxes in the orchestra room through the end of the school year.

So please send those suits, tuxedos, bow ties, cummerbunds, dresses, tops, skirts, pants, shoes (anything really) in by the end of the school year.

We will take care of them this summer and have them ready to go to their new home at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

(For those who don’t know – We started an orchestra concert closet this 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.)

Questions contact Chris Engel (cengel_md@yahoo.com)


Are you looking for a new violin teacher?
CSO Violinist Allegra Wermuth expanding studio

Allegra Wermuth, an incredibly talented and motivating private violin teacher, is expanding her studio and will be accepting new violin students.  Allegra is the Assistant Principal Second Violin for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  She currently teaches three DSA orchestra students, Anna Clair Schultz, Mary Fox, and Michael Han, all of whom adore her and have made enormous musical strides under her tutelage.  She teaches out of her studio in Golden.  If interested, please contact Allegra at allegrawermuthviolin@gmail.com or (303) 917-5285.


Summer Camp

July 10-14, 2017

Please see website (CLICK HERE) for further information.

This year the camp will take place at Park Hill Methodist Church.  The regular session begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon.  Children who wish to stay for the Rock ‘n Roll orchestra will finish the day at 1:30 p.m.

Camp Structure

Each day of camp is divided into ensemble playing with coaching, orchestra, and a fun theory class. All camp events take place at Park Hill United Methodist Church at 5209 Montview Blvd.

Coaching

In the coaching session, participants will rehearse their small group music pieces in their small groups, led by a member of the camp staff. Playing in small groups is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the camp, as it forces the players to depend on each other.

 

Orchestra

Javan Carson conducts the orchestra. All students play in the orchestra together. Students will improve upon their orchestra skills in the chamber orchestra format.

Theory

Theory class is geared toward fun. Too often, theory has come to mean passive learning. Theory at the Denver Chamber Music Camp means participation, games, and more.

Rock-n-Roll Orchestra

Rock Orchestra is also led by Javan Carson. Rock orchestra incorporates classical technique with rock music. It also teaches the participants how to be more versatile musicians. Denver Chamber Music Camp participants are not required to participate in the rock orchestra.

Week of 14 May, 2017

End-of-Year Celebration Next Week!

May 22, 6:30p

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Juries begin next Monday
  • For summer preparations: placement audition materials below
  • Mon, May 22, 6:30p DSA Commons: End of year celebration!  Save the date!
    • Please send payment ASAP
    • Attendance is expected for all DSA students
  • Call for Photos: Please send your good photos of this years’ events to Dr. Lasansky in preparation for our May 22nd end-of-year banquet and for other pages (e.g. Facebook).
  •  King Soopers Cards for Travel
  • DSA Fill the Gap campaign
  • Theta work and High school writing assignments below are due May 15

Upcoming Events


CLICK HERE to RSVP ASAP

DSAO End of Year Banquet!!

 
It’s time for our End of Year Banquet Celebration!  We hope that you will be able to attend as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments and events of this past school year.  This is also the time that we give special recognition to our graduating seniors and a warm send-off as they approach the next chapter in their lives! 
This year the event will be held in the DSA Commons and will be catered.  There is a $10 per person fee for this event.  Checks may be made payable to DSAO and turned into the forms box or given to Mrs. Tyree.  You may also give the checks to Tracy Holt in the main office to hold for Mrs. Tyree.

Please take a moment and RSVP with how many in your group that will be attending.  

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Date: 05/22/2017 (Mon.)

Time: 6:30pm MDT

Location: DSA Commons

DSAO 2017-18: New and Returning Students

At the beginning of each year we give a “preliminary placement” audition.  Preparing these materials during the summer will put you in great shape to begin DSAO!

Middle School:

For new and existing middle school students, prepare a solo piece of your choice along with one major scale and one melodic minor scale (two octaves with 0-3 sharps or flats) plus a two-octave g chromatic scale. Three octave scales are optional. You will also be asked to sight read.

High School:

The audition consists of the same materials used for Western States Honor Orchestra and Colorado All-State Orchestra.  You can find those materials here: http://www.coloradoallstateorchestra.org/audition-eligibility-and-materials (make sure you listen to recordings of the pieces so you have a good sense of how your part fits into the piece!)  In addition, please prepare  a movement (at least the exposition) of a major solo piece. Sight reading will also be required.

Thanks,
Dr. Lasansky

DSAO King Soopers Fundraising

Dear DSAO Families,

With travel in our near future, we are excited to announce that, starting May 15, 2017, 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 send 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.

King Soopers cards will be available prior to each concert in May.

If you have questions please contact Terrie Tyree at tyreeworld@centurylink.net or Lisa Scheve at lbassow@comcast.net.

Thank you!


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From Susan Knill, Director of Development, DSA Friends Foundation:

Reason #5:
In the midst of this crazy, uncertain world,
Denver School of the Arts is a refuge of beauty.
with classrooms and halls filled with inspiration every day.
Anyone who walks through the school feels it and
understands what a special place DSA is.

Homework Assignments

Please read carefully.  Below is written work for high school as well as theta assignments for middle and high school.  Thank you so much!

High School Dvorak 8 analysis Due May 15

Please analyze  first  mov. in terms of SONATA FORM. For this particular assignment please don’t use a lot of descriptive words. I’m interested in the following:

1. How  does Dvorak use sonata form? (He adheres to it but also changes some things).  Please identify the first theme group (which measures in the movement?) , second theme group, closing theme, development, recap and coda.
2. Identify the keys of all the above sections. Dvorak does some interesting things with the harmony!
3. How does Dvorak use thematic transformation? He does a lot of it!

Again, this should be a one page assignment with lots of symbols and not so many words. Please focus on the form, harmony and usage of motives, fragments etc..(thematic transformation)

Theta

High School: Please complete an additional 60 levels by May 15.

Middle School: Please complete an additional 40 levels by May 15.

  • Juries: This year all students except Seniors will be required to play juries. The jury will consist of two scales (same requirements as DSA auditions-see website under:apply) and one movement of a major solo piece.  Juries will begin next Monday.

Summer Camp

July 10-14, 2017

Please see website (CLICK HERE) for further information.

This year the camp will take place at Park Hill Methodist Church.  The regular session begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon.  Children who wish to stay for the Rock ‘n Roll orchestra will finish the day at 1:30 p.m.

Camp Structure

Each day of camp is divided into ensemble playing with coaching, orchestra, and a fun theory class. All camp events take place at Park Hill United Methodist Church at 5209 Montview Blvd.

Coaching

In the coaching session, participants will rehearse their small group music pieces in their small groups, led by a member of the camp staff. Playing in small groups is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the camp, as it forces the players to depend on each other.

 

Orchestra

Javan Carson conducts the orchestra. All students play in the orchestra together. Students will improve upon their orchestra skills in the chamber orchestra format.

Theory

Theory class is geared toward fun. Too often, theory has come to mean passive learning. Theory at the Denver Chamber Music Camp means participation, games, and more.

Rock-n-Roll Orchestra

Rock Orchestra is also led by Javan Carson. Rock orchestra incorporates classical technique with rock music. It also teaches the participants how to be more versatile musicians. Denver Chamber Music Camp participants are not required to participate in the rock orchestra.

Week of April 30th, 2017

Filled with New Material; read carefully

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • This Monday, May 1, 8:30a: Middle School orchestra concert at Ashley Elementary
    • Dress in concert attire
    • Please bring extra stands
  • Sun, May 7, 2017, 10a: Valley Youth Orchestra Side-by-Side with High School
    • This is a required event for DSAO high school students.  Please contact Dr. Lasansky if you have a previous commitment that you cannot break.
    • After the 10a-12p music even, we will walk over to Fred Thomas Park for an orchestra-sponsored lunch.   Family members accompanying the students for lunch must RSVP (CLICK HERE) by May 3!
  • Fri, May 12 before concert, DSA Orchestra Room: New Family Reception
    • Hello Orchestra families!  On Friday May 12th before the concert we will be hosting a small reception in the orchestra room for our new families!  This will be the perfect time to give them a warm welcome and to help our new families and students get to know a little bit more about the OFA!  We would like to ideally have at least 10 ambassadors to be there to help answer questions and greet our new members. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.  Thank you!
  • Please make sure to help fill the concessions closet for our final concert weekend.  We really need water, snacks and candy!
  • Mon, May 22, 6:30p DSA Commons: End of year celebration!  Save the date!  More information will follow very soon!
    • If you can help with set up or decorations, please contact Melinda Kunzler at melinda_kunzler@email.com  Your assistance is greatly appreciated!
  • Call for Photos: Please send your good photos of this years’ events to Dr. Lasansky in preparation for our May 22nd end-of-year banquet and for other pages (e.g. Facebook).
  • DSA Fill the Gap campaign
  • Theta work and High school writing assignments below are due May 15

To-Do Week of April 30

  • Mon, May 1, 2017: Middle School Concert, Ashley Elementary
  • Sun, May 7, 2017, 10a: Valley Youth Orchestra Side-by-Side

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, May 12, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Sat, May 13, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Sun, May 14, 2017, 3p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Mon, May 22, 2017: End of Year Celebration


Valley Youth Orchestra Side by Side
May 7 at DSA

We are hosting this Western Slope group as a gesture of hospitality and because one of our wonderful orchestra members Liz Allen, was once a member of this group.

This event may lead to further collaborations  including a DSAO tour of the Western Slope.

The high school music session will be held from 10-12. Immediately after this session we will all walk to Fred Thomas Park for an orchestra sponsored lunch for both organizations.

We need to make this a required DSAO high school event. Please let me know if you have a previous commitment that you can’t break.

Thanks!
Dr. Lasansky



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The actual cost of educating a DSA student with a comprehensive arts/academic education is $6,250, however the estimated 2017-18 DPS allocation for DSA students is $4,978 per student. So we are faced with a gap in fully funding a nationally competitive arts and academic education. This gap is $1,272 per student.

With all DSA parents coming together to Fill the Gap with a monthly, unrestricted contribution, we will be able to provide the quality educational programs in the arts and academics that our students deserve. A school-wide culture of philanthropy is essential to the success of our students, and fulfilling our mission…and together we will be stronger!

Your support of the Fill the Gap Campaign is greatly appreciated!  CLICK HERE to donate.


Groceries to support Travel

We are in the process of changing the King Soopers card so that contributions can go toward students’ travel expenses. More information will be forthcoming, but this makes it particularly important to pick up a card as soon as possible!

It’s simple to get started with a $2.50 card.  Each time you reload the card, DSAO gets 5% back! No hidden costs!  Everyone buys groceries, so it a very easy way for friends and family to contribute as well. You may email Terrie Tyree for information about purchasing a card, or pick up a card at the next concert’s concession table .


Concessions

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.


Homework Assignments

Please read carefully.  Below is written work for high school as well as theta assignments for middle and high school.  Thank you so much!

High School Dvorak 8 analysis Due May 15

Please analyze  first  mov. in terms of SONATA FORM. For this particular assignment please don’t use a lot of descriptive words. I’m interested in the following:

1. How  does Dvorak use sonata form? (He adheres to it but also changes some things).  Please identify the first theme group (which measures in the movement?) , second theme group, closing theme, development, recap and coda.
2. Identify the keys of all the above sections. Dvorak does some interesting things with the harmony!
3. How does Dvorak use thematic transformation? He does a lot of it!

Again, this should be a one page assignment with lots of symbols and not so many words. Please focus on the form, harmony and usage of motives, fragments etc..(thematic transformation)

Theta

High School: Please complete an additional 60 levels by May 15.

Middle School: Please complete an additional 40 levels by May 15.

  • Juries: This year all students except Seniors will be required to play juries. The jury will consist of two scales (same requirements as DSA auditions-see website under:apply) and one movement of a major solo piece.  Juries will begin after the final concerts in May.
  • Seniors are required to present a senior recital. See Dr. Lasansky if you have questions.

Summer Camp

July 10-14, 2017

Please see website (CLICK HERE) for further information.

This year the camp will take place at Park Hill Methodist Church.  The regular session begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon.  Children who wish to stay for the Rock ‘n Roll orchestra will finish the day at 1:30 p.m.

Camp Structure

Each day of camp is divided into ensemble playing with coaching, orchestra, and a fun theory class. All camp events take place at Park Hill United Methodist Church at 5209 Montview Blvd.

Coaching

In the coaching session, participants will rehearse their small group music pieces in their small groups, led by a member of the camp staff. Playing in small groups is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the camp, as it forces the players to depend on each other.

 

Orchestra

Javan Carson conducts the orchestra. All students play in the orchestra together. Students will improve upon their orchestra skills in the chamber orchestra format.

Theory

Theory class is geared toward fun. Too often, theory has come to mean passive learning. Theory at the Denver Chamber Music Camp means participation, games, and more.

Rock-n-Roll Orchestra

Rock Orchestra is also led by Javan Carson. Rock orchestra incorporates classical technique with rock music. It also teaches the participants how to be more versatile musicians. Denver Chamber Music Camp participants are not required to participate in the rock orchestra.

Week of April 23, 2017

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Chamber Concert Friday!
    • Come see the fruits of our students’ work and listen to exceptional music.
    • Students required to attend; families encouraged.
  • DSA Fill the Gap campaign
  • Theta work and High school writing assignments below are due May 15

To Do Week of April 23, 2017

  • Fri, Apr. 28, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Chamber Concert

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, May 12, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Sat, May 13, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Sun, May 14, 2017, 3p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert


Chamber Concert Friday

7p, Concert Hall

All DSAO students required to attend.

Come celebrate the hard work of our chamber ensembles, so important to the growth of our students into mature, confident, leading and listening musicians.  The program will include Haydn “Lark” Quartet, Bartok Violin Trios, Mozart e minor Sonata, Beethoven Spring Sonata, Beethoven op. 127 (!!) Cavatina and Alla Tedesca, Bach c minor double violin concerto, Geminiani Violin Trio, Dvorak Terzetto, Dvorak Piano Quintet, Boccherini Fandango, Lutoslawski “Silesian Melodies”, Vivaldi B minor 4 violin concerto, and Mozart Clarinet Quintet.

Concessions

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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The actual cost of educating a DSA student with a comprehensive arts/academic education is $6,250, however the estimated 2017-18 DPS allocation for DSA students is $4,978 per student. So we are faced with a gap in fully funding a nationally competitive arts and academic education. This gap is $1,272 per student.

With all DSA parents coming together to Fill the Gap with a monthly, unrestricted contribution, we will be able to provide the quality educational programs in the arts and academics that our students deserve. A school-wide culture of philanthropy is essential to the success of our students, and fulfilling our mission…and together we will be stronger!

Your support of the Fill the Gap Campaign is greatly appreciated!  CLICK HERE to donate.



Homework Assignments

Please read carefully.  Below is written work for high school as well as theta assignments for middle and high school.  Thank you so much!

High School Dvorak 8 analysis Due May 15

Please analyze  first  mov. in terms of SONATA FORM. For this particular assignment please don’t use a lot of descriptive words. I’m interested in the following:

1. How  does Dvorak use sonata form? (He adheres to it but also changes some things).  Please identify the first theme group (which measures in the movement?) , second theme group, closing theme, development, recap and coda.
2. Identify the keys of all the above sections. Dvorak does some interesting things with the harmony!
3. How does Dvorak use thematic transformation? He does a lot of it!

Again, this should be a one page assignment with lots of symbols and not so many words. Please focus on the form, harmony and usage of motives, fragments etc..(thematic transformation)

Theta

High School: Please complete an additional 60 levels by May 15.

Middle School: Please complete an additional 40 levels by May 15.

  • Juries: This year all students except Seniors will be required to play juries. The jury will consist of two scales (same requirements as DSA auditions-see website under:apply) and one movement of a major solo piece.  Juries will begin after the final concerts in May.
  • Seniors are required to present a senior recital. See Dr. Lasansky if you have questions.

Summer Camp

July 10-14, 2017

Please see website (CLICK HERE) for further information.

This year the camp will take place at Park Hill Methodist Church.  The regular session begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon.  Children who wish to stay for the Rock ‘n Roll orchestra will finish the day at 1:30 p.m.

Camp Structure

Each day of camp is divided into ensemble playing with coaching, orchestra, and a fun theory class. All camp events take place at Park Hill United Methodist Church at 5209 Montview Blvd.

Coaching

In the coaching session, participants will rehearse their small group music pieces in their small groups, led by a member of the camp staff. Playing in small groups is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the camp, as it forces the players to depend on each other.

 

Orchestra

Javan Carson conducts the orchestra. All students play in the orchestra together. Students will improve upon their orchestra skills in the chamber orchestra format.

Theory

Theory class is geared toward fun. Too often, theory has come to mean passive learning. Theory at the Denver Chamber Music Camp means participation, games, and more.

Rock-n-Roll Orchestra

Rock Orchestra is also led by Javan Carson. Rock orchestra incorporates classical technique with rock music. It also teaches the participants how to be more versatile musicians. Denver Chamber Music Camp participants are not required to participate in the rock orchestra.


Investing in DSAO


Attention Business Owners – Friends and Family!

Please consider promoting your business (or promoting your friend’s business) in this year’s remaining 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! No hidden costs!  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, or pick up a card at the next concert’s concession table .

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.

DSAO  SCHEDULE 2016/17

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

Week of April 16, 2017

Reminder Email – No new items
Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Senior Recital Today, 7p (Dazzle): Gabe Rupe
  • DSA Fill the Gap campaign
  • Theta work and High school writing assignments below are due May 15

To Do Week of April 16, 2017

  • Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017, 7p, Dazzle (tix $10-12): Gabe Rupe

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Apr. 28, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Chamber Concert
  • Fri, May 12, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Sat, May 13, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Sun, May 14, 2017, 3p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert



Inline image 1

The actual cost of educating a DSA student with a comprehensive arts/academic education is $6,250, however the estimated 2017-18 DPS allocation for DSA students is $4,978 per student. So we are faced with a gap in fully funding a nationally competitive arts and academic education. This gap is $1,272 per student.

With all DSA parents coming together to Fill the Gap with a monthly, unrestricted contribution, we will be able to provide the quality educational programs in the arts and academics that our students deserve. A school-wide culture of philanthropy is essential to the success of our students, and fulfilling our mission…and together we will be stronger!

Your support of the Fill the Gap Campaign is greatly appreciated!  CLICK HERE to donate.


Homework Assignments

Please read carefully.  Below is written work for high school as well as theta assignments for middle and high school.  Thank you so much!

High School Dvorak 8 analysis Due May 15

Please analyze  first  mov. in terms of SONATA FORM. For this particular assignment please don’t use a lot of descriptive words. I’m interested in the following:

1. How  does Dvorak use sonata form? (He adheres to it but also changes some things).  Please identify the first theme group (which measures in the movement?) , second theme group, closing theme, development, recap and coda.
2. Identify the keys of all the above sections. Dvorak does some interesting things with the harmony!
3. How does Dvorak use thematic transformation? He does a lot of it!

Again, this should be a one page assignment with lots of symbols and not so many words. Please focus on the form, harmony and usage of motives, fragments etc..(thematic transformation)

Theta

High School: Please complete an additional 60 levels by May 15.

Middle School: Please complete an additional 40 levels by May 15.

  • Juries: This year all students except Seniors will be required to play juries. The jury will consist of two scales (same requirements as DSA auditions-see website under:apply) and one movement of a major solo piece.  Juries will begin after the final concerts in May.
  • Seniors are required to present a senior recital. See Dr. Lasansky if you have questions.

Summer Camp

July 10-14, 2017

Please see website (CLICK HERE) for further information.

This year the camp will take place at Park Hill Methodist Church.  The regular session begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon.  Children who wish to stay for the Rock ‘n Roll orchestra will finish the day at 1:30 p.m.

Camp Structure

Each day of camp is divided into ensemble playing with coaching, orchestra, and a fun theory class. All camp events take place at Park Hill United Methodist Church at 5209 Montview Blvd.

Coaching

In the coaching session, participants will rehearse their small group music pieces in their small groups, led by a member of the camp staff. Playing in small groups is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the camp, as it forces the players to depend on each other.

 

Orchestra

Javan Carson conducts the orchestra. All students play in the orchestra together. Students will improve upon their orchestra skills in the chamber orchestra format.

Theory

Theory class is geared toward fun. Too often, theory has come to mean passive learning. Theory at the Denver Chamber Music Camp means participation, games, and more.

Rock-n-Roll Orchestra

Rock Orchestra is also led by Javan Carson. Rock orchestra incorporates classical technique with rock music. It also teaches the participants how to be more versatile musicians. Denver Chamber Music Camp participants are not required to participate in the rock orchestra.



Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program
Wrapping up 2016-2017


Dear DSAO parents ,

As you know we are very lucky to have a group of first-rate professional musicians (otherwise known as “Master Mentors”) who work with our students on a regular basis . This is one of the features of DSAO which distinguishes us from other schools in Colorado. As a result of this program our  students receive expert, detailed instruction on all the string instruments. Among other things, this permits our advanced orchestra to play professional level music and allows our middle school to play high school (and college level) music!

I wanted to remind you that we are totally dependent on each family contributing $350 to fund this program which is so crucial to our continued success. Please remember that we receive absolutely NO MONEY from the school district to fund Master Mentors.

So, if you have not made your payment, please do so at your earliest convenience. We are well into 2nd. semester preparations and need to pay the Mentors. As always we welcome spreading out the payments if you prefer this option. Please go to our website  (CLICK HERE) for instructions on making this payment

Thank you for all your support. I personally feel extremely lucky to be  working  at a school with  such amazing students and amazing parents!

Sincerely,
Dr. Lasansky


Here is what we need from you-our 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.

Investing in DSAO


Attention Business Owners – Friends and Family!

Please consider promoting your business (or promoting your friend’s business) in this year’s remaining 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! No hidden costs!  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, or pick up a card at the next concert’s concession table .

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.

DSAO  SCHEDULE 2016/17

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

Week of April 9, 2017

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Two senior recitals this next week!
    • Tuesday, April 11, 5p: Corley Friesen-Johnson and Grace Holleman
    • Sunday, April 16, 7p (Dazzle): Gabe Rupe
  • DSA Fill the Gap campaign
  • From Facebook: UNC Assistant professor of Violin Jubal Fulks’ recent recital of contemporary music. Much as Artur narrated a trip through musical Eurasia at his Senior recital, Jubal narrates a trip through Schoenberg, Cage, Reich and Pärt. Enjoy!
  • Theta work and High school writing assignments below are due April 15

To Do Week of April 9, 2017

  • Tues, Apr. 11, 2017, 5p, Concert Hall: Corley Friesen-Johnson and Grace Holleman
  • Saturday, April 15Theta work and High school writing assignments below are due
  • Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017, 7p, Dazzle (tix $10-12): Gabe Rupe

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Apr. 28, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Chamber Concert
  • Fri, May 12, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Sat, May 13, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Sun, May 14, 2017, 3p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert


Homework Assignments

Please read carefully.  Below is written work for high school as well as theta assignments for middle and high school.  Thank you so much!

High School Dvorak 8 analysis Due April 15

Please analyze  first  mov. in terms of SONATA FORM. For this particular assignment please don’t use a lot of descriptive words. I’m interested in the following:

1. How  does Dvorak use sonata form? (He adheres to it but also changes some things).  Please identify the first theme group (which measures in the movement?) , second theme group, closing theme, development, recap and coda.
2. Identify the keys of all the above sections. Dvorak does some interesting things with the harmony!
3. How does Dvorak use thematic transformation? He does a lot of it!

Again, this should be a one page assignment with lots of symbols and not so many words. Please focus on the form, harmony and usage of motives, fragments etc..(thematic transformation)

Theta

High School: Please complete an additional 60 levels by April 15.

Middle School: Please complete an additional 40 levels by April 15.

  • Juries: This year all students except Seniors will be required to play juries. The jury will consist of two scales (same requirements as DSA auditions-see website under:apply) and one movement of a major solo piece.  Juries will begin after the final concerts in May.
  • Seniors are required to present a senior recital. See Dr. Lasansky if you have questions.


Inline image 1

The actual cost of educating a DSA student with a comprehensive arts/academic education is $6,250, however the estimated 2017-18 DPS allocation for DSA students is $4,978 per student. So we are faced with a gap in fully funding a nationally competitive arts and academic education. This gap is $1,272 per student.

With all DSA parents coming together to Fill the Gap with a monthly, unrestricted contribution, we will be able to provide the quality educational programs in the arts and academics that our students deserve. A school-wide culture of philanthropy is essential to the success of our students, and fulfilling our mission…and together we will be stronger!

Your support of the Fill the Gap Campaign is greatly appreciated!  CLICK HERE to donate.

Summer Camp

July 10-14, 2017

Please see website (CLICK HERE) for further information.

This year the camp will take place at Park Hill Methodist Church.  The regular session begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon.  Children who wish to stay for the Rock ‘n Roll orchestra will finish the day at 1:30 p.m.

Camp Structure

Each day of camp is divided into ensemble playing with coaching, orchestra, and a fun theory class. All camp events take place at Park Hill United Methodist Church at 5209 Montview Blvd.

Coaching

In the coaching session, participants will rehearse their small group music pieces in their small groups, led by a member of the camp staff. Playing in small groups is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the camp, as it forces the players to depend on each other.

 

Orchestra

Javan Carson conducts the orchestra. All students play in the orchestra together. Students will improve upon their orchestra skills in the chamber orchestra format.

Theory

Theory class is geared toward fun. Too often, theory has come to mean passive learning. Theory at the Denver Chamber Music Camp means participation, games, and more.

Rock-n-Roll Orchestra

Rock Orchestra is also led by Javan Carson. Rock orchestra incorporates classical technique with rock music. It also teaches the participants how to be more versatile musicians. Denver Chamber Music Camp participants are not required to participate in the rock orchestra.



Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program
Wrapping up 2016-2017


Dear DSAO parents ,

As you know we are very lucky to have a group of first-rate professional musicians (otherwise known as “Master Mentors”) who work with our students on a regular basis . This is one of the features of DSAO which distinguishes us from other schools in Colorado. As a result of this program our  students receive expert, detailed instruction on all the string instruments. Among other things, this permits our advanced orchestra to play professional level music and allows our middle school to play high school (and college level) music!

I wanted to remind you that we are totally dependent on each family contributing $350 to fund this program which is so crucial to our continued success. Please remember that we receive absolutely NO MONEY from the school district to fund Master Mentors.

So, if you have not made your payment, please do so at your earliest convenience. We are well into 2nd. semester preparations and need to pay the Mentors. As always we welcome spreading out the payments if you prefer this option. Please go to our website  (CLICK HERE) for instructions on making this payment

Thank you for all your support. I personally feel extremely lucky to be  working  at a school with  such amazing students and amazing parents!

Sincerely,
Dr. Lasansky


Here is what we need from you-our 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.

Investing in DSAO


Attention Business Owners – Friends and Family!

Please consider promoting your business (or promoting your friend’s business) in this year’s remaining 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! No hidden costs!  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, or pick up a card at the next concert’s concession table .

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.

DSAO  SCHEDULE 2016/17

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

Week of April 2, 2017

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Be on the lookout for a separate email kicking off our travel discussions for next year.
  • This coming Thursday, April 6, is Artur Korotin’s Senior Recital
  • Playing tests on Thursday, April 6: Study entire piece or movements below. Excerpts will be chosen prior to the test.
    • Middle School: “Of Glorious Plumage.”
    • High School: Pastoral Symphony movs. 1,4
  • Theta work and High school writing assignments below are due April 15

To Do Week of April 2, 2017

  • Thurs, Apr. 6, 2017: Playing tests
  • Thurs, Apr. 6, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Artur Korotin Senior Recital

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Apr. 28, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Chamber Concert
  • Fri, May 12, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Sat, May 13, 2017, 7p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert
  • Sun, May 14, 2017, 3p, Concert Hall: Disney/Pops Orchestra  Concert



Senior Recitals

Corley Friesen-Johnson and Grace Holleman, April 11, 5pm
Gabe Rupe, April 16, 7p, Dazzle




Homework Assignments

Please read carefully.  Below is written work for high school as well as theta assignments for middle and high school.  Thank you so much!
High School Dvorak 8 analysis Due April 15

Please analyze  first  mov. in terms of SONATA FORM. For this particular assignment please don’t use a lot of descriptive words. I’m interested in the following:

1. How  does Dvorak use sonata form? (He adheres to it but also changes some things).  Please identify the first theme group (which measures in the movement?) , second theme group, closing theme, development, recap and coda.
2. Identify the keys of all the above sections. Dvorak does some interesting things with the harmony!
3. How does Dvorak use thematic transformation? He does a lot of it!

Again, this should be a one page assignment with lots of symbols and not so many words. Please focus on the form, harmony and usage of motives, fragments etc..(thematic transformation)

Theta

High School: Please complete an additional 60 levels by April 15.

Middle School: Please complete an additional 40 levels by April 15.

  • Juries: This year all students except Seniors will be required to play juries. The jury will consist of two scales (same requirements as DSA auditions-see website under:apply) and one movement of a major solo piece.  Juries will begin after the final concerts in May.
  • Seniors are required to present a senior recital. See Dr. Lasansky if you have questions.

Summer Camp

July 10-14, 2017

Please see website (CLICK HERE) for further information.

This year the camp will take place at Park Hill Methodist Church.  The regular session begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon.  Children who wish to stay for the Rock ‘n Roll orchestra will finish the day at 1:30 p.m.

Camp Structure

Each day of camp is divided into ensemble playing with coaching, orchestra, and a fun theory class. All camp events take place at Park Hill United Methodist Church at 5209 Montview Blvd.

Coaching

In the coaching session, participants will rehearse their small group music pieces in their small groups, led by a member of the camp staff. Playing in small groups is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the camp, as it forces the players to depend on each other.

 

Orchestra

Javan Carson conducts the orchestra. All students play in the orchestra together. Students will improve upon their orchestra skills in the chamber orchestra format.

Theory

Theory class is geared toward fun. Too often, theory has come to mean passive learning. Theory at the Denver Chamber Music Camp means participation, games, and more.

Rock-n-Roll Orchestra

Rock Orchestra is also led by Javan Carson. Rock orchestra incorporates classical technique with rock music. It also teaches the participants how to be more versatile musicians. Denver Chamber Music Camp participants are not required to participate in the rock orchestra.



Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program
Wrapping up 2016-2017


Dear DSAO parents ,

As you know we are very lucky to have a group of first-rate professional musicians (otherwise known as “Master Mentors”) who work with our students on a regular basis . This is one of the features of DSAO which distinguishes us from other schools in Colorado. As a result of this program our  students receive expert, detailed instruction on all the string instruments. Among other things, this permits our advanced orchestra to play professional level music and allows our middle school to play high school (and college level) music!

I wanted to remind you that we are totally dependent on each family contributing $350 to fund this program which is so crucial to our continued success. Please remember that we receive absolutely NO MONEY from the school district to fund Master Mentors.

So, if you have not made your payment, please do so at your earliest convenience. We are well into 2nd. semester preparations and need to pay the Mentors. As always we welcome spreading out the payments if you prefer this option. Please go to our website  (CLICK HERE) for instructions on making this payment

Thank you for all your support. I personally feel extremely lucky to be  working  at a school with  such amazing students and amazing parents!

Sincerely,
Dr. Lasansky


Here is what we need from you-our 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.

Investing in DSAO


Attention Business Owners – Friends and Family!

Please consider promoting your business (or promoting your friend’s business) in this year’s remaining 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! No hidden costs!  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, or pick up a card at the next concert’s concession table .

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.

DSAO  SCHEDULE 2016/17

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

Week of March 26, 2017

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Playing tests on Thursday, April 6: Study entire piece or movements below. Excerpts will be chosen prior to the test.
    • Middle School: “Of Glorious Plumage.”
    • High School: Pastoral Symphony movs. 1,4
  • Theta work and High school writing assignments below are due April 15

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Apr. 28, 2017, 11:30a-3p, Concert Hall: Chamber Concert



Senior Recitals

Artur Korotin, April 6, 7pm
Corley Friesen-Johnson and Grace Holleman, April 11, 5pm
Gabe Rupe, April 16, Dazzle


NSBA Performance Congratulations!

DSA orchestra before their performance for the National Association of School Board Members. Bravo for a great performance today! In addition to their musical excellence they are an incredibly mature, intelligent and articulate group of young people. The discussion concerning music education and the inequities present in the system was truly a moving experience for all present! So proud of my students!




Homework Assignments

Please read carefully.  Below is written work for high school as well as theta assignments for middle and high school.  Thank you so much!
High School Dvorak 8 analysis Due April 15

Please analyze  first  mov. in terms of SONATA FORM. For this particular assignment please don’t use a lot of descriptive words. I’m interested in the following:

1. How  does Dvorak use sonata form? (He adheres to it but also changes some things).  Please identify the first theme group (which measures in the movement?) , second theme group, closing theme, development, recap and coda.
2. Identify the keys of all the above sections. Dvorak does some interesting things with the harmony!
3. How does Dvorak use thematic transformation? He does a lot of it!

Again, this should be a one page assignment with lots of symbols and not so many words. Please focus on the form, harmony and usage of motives, fragments etc..(thematic transformation)

Theta

High School: Please complete an additional 60 levels by April 15.

Middle School: Please complete an additional 40 levels by April 15.

  • Juries: This year all students except Seniors will be required to play juries. The jury will consist of two scales (same requirements as DSA auditions-see website under:apply) and one movement of a major solo piece.  Juries will begin after the final concerts in May.
  • Seniors are required to present a senior recital. See Dr. Lasansky if you have questions.


Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program
Wrapping up 2016-2017


Dear DSAO parents ,

As you know we are very lucky to have a group of first-rate professional musicians (otherwise known as “Master Mentors”) who work with our students on a regular basis . This is one of the features of DSAO which distinguishes us from other schools in Colorado. As a result of this program our  students receive expert, detailed instruction on all the string instruments. Among other things, this permits our advanced orchestra to play professional level music and allows our middle school to play high school (and college level) music!

I wanted to remind you that we are totally dependent on each family contributing $350 to fund this program which is so crucial to our continued success. Please remember that we receive absolutely NO MONEY from the school district to fund Master Mentors.

So, if you have not made your payment, please do so at your earliest convenience. We are well into 2nd. semester preparations and need to pay the Mentors. As always we welcome spreading out the payments if you prefer this option. Please go to our website  (CLICK HERE) for instructions on making this payment

Thank you for all your support. I personally feel extremely lucky to be  working  at a school with  such amazing students and amazing parents!

Sincerely,
Dr. Lasansky


Here is what we need from you-our 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.

Investing in DSAO


Attention Business Owners – Friends and Family!

Please consider promoting your business (or promoting your friend’s business) in this year’s remaining 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! No hidden costs!  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, or pick up a card at the next concert’s concession table .

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 meets at the following times and locations.  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

DSAO  SCHEDULE 2016/17

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. 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).  

Thank you!

Week of March 19, 2017

Summary Headlines – Please Read

*Please note that some of the top links are bookmarks to later sections of the email.  If those links don’t work, please scroll through the email to find the appropriate section.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Senior recitals this week
    • Thursday: Simone Hammett-Lynch
    • Friday: Arianna Montoya-Garcia
  • Mandatory High School performance event Sat. Mar. 25, 11:30a-3p
    • We will have further bus information by mid-week.
  • Theta work and High school writing assignments below are due April 15

To Do Week of March 19

  • Thurs Mar 23, 7p Senior Recital: Simone Hammett-Lynch
  • Fri Mar 24, 7p Senior Recital: Arianna Montoya-Garcia
  • [Mandatory for High School] Sat Mar. 25, 2017, 11:30a-3p, Denver Convention Center: National School Board performance 
    • DSAO is the featured performing group and will participate in a special interactive event with school board members.
    •  Mandatory Performance for Advanced Orchestra
    • A bus will travel from and to DSA: details later this week

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Apr. 28, 2017, 11:30a-3p, Concert Hall: Chamber Concert



Senior Recitals

Simone Hammett-Lynch, March 23, 7pm
Arianna Montoya-Garcia, March 24, 7pm
Artur Korotin, April 6, 7pm
Corley Friesen-Johnson and Grace Holleman, April 11, 5pm
Gabe Rupe, April 16, Dazzle


High School Orchestra Concert for
National School Board Association Conference
Sat. March 25, 2017, 11:30a-3p

From Dr: Lasansky:

Saturday March 25, 2017 11:30-3:00 National School Board Association Conference Denver.   Denver Convention Center 700 14th St-Denver DSAO is  the featured performing group and will participate in a special interactive event with school board members . Mandatory Performance for Advanced Orchestra.

  • Please note: There will be a bus to transport students from and to DSA.  More details to follow.
  • Please review the sample questions for the Q&A (CLICK HERE).

For information on the conference please go to: https://www.nsba.org/conferencehttps://www.nsba.org/conference

Thanks,
Dr. L




Homework Assignments

Please read carefully.  Below is written work for high school as well as theta assignments for middle and high school.  Thank you so much!

High School Dvorak 8 analysis Due April 15

Please analyze  first  mov. in terms of SONATA FORM. For this particular assignment please don’t use a lot of descriptive words. I’m interested in the following:

1. How  does Dvorak use sonata form? (He adheres to it but also changes some things).  Please identify the first theme group (which measures in the movement?) , second theme group, closing theme, development, recap and coda.
2. Identify the keys of all the above sections. Dvorak does some interesting things with the harmony!
3. How does Dvorak use thematic transformation? He does a lot of it!

Again, this should be a one page assignment with lots of symbols and not so many words. Please focus on the form, harmony and usage of motives, fragments etc..(thematic transformation)

Theta

High School: Please complete an additional 60 levels by April 15.

Middle School: Please complete an additional 40 levels by April 15.

  • Juries: This year all students except Seniors will be required to play juries. The jury will consist of two scales (same requirements as DSA auditions-see website under:apply) and one movement of a major solo piece.  Juries will begin after the final concerts in May.
  • Seniors are required to present a senior recital. See Dr. Lasansky if you have questions.


Master Mentor/Visiting Artist Program
Wrapping up 2016-2017


Dear DSAO parents ,

As you know we are very lucky to have a group of first-rate professional musicians (otherwise known as “Master Mentors”) who work with our students on a regular basis . This is one of the features of DSAO which distinguishes us from other schools in Colorado. As a result of this program our  students receive expert, detailed instruction on all the string instruments. Among other things, this permits our advanced orchestra to play professional level music and allows our middle school to play high school (and college level) music!

I wanted to remind you that we are totally dependent on each family contributing $350 to fund this program which is so crucial to our continued success. Please remember that we receive absolutely NO MONEY from the school district to fund Master Mentors.

So, if you have not made your payment, please do so at your earliest convenience. We are well into 2nd. semester preparations and need to pay the Mentors. As always we welcome spreading out the payments if you prefer this option. Please go to our website  (CLICK HERE) for instructions on making this payment

Thank you for all your support. I personally feel extremely lucky to be  working  at a school with  such amazing students and amazing parents!

Sincerely,
Dr. Lasansky


Here is what we need from you-our 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.

Investing in DSAO


Attention Business Owners – Friends and Family!

Please consider promoting your business (or promoting your friend’s business) in this year’s remaining 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! No hidden costs!  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, or pick up a card at the next concert’s concession table .

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 meets at the following times and locations.  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

DSAO  SCHEDULE 2016/17

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. 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).  

Thank you!