Honors & Awards

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!


DSAO to Perform at Colorado Music Educators Association 2018!

Full Orchestra Selected
Colorado Music Educators Association
Honor Performing Group


From the 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.


Lily Primus, rising sophomore, has been accepted into the final round of the American Harp Society Competition at St. Olaf’s College, Minnesota.  Lily is one of 6 finalists, chosen from over 50 contestants from around the globe. She will compete on June 25th, and will also attend the AHS Institute at St. Olaf’s College.
In July, Lily will attend the Young Artists Harp Seminar in Rabun Gap, Georgia as a scholarship student.

Colorado All-State Orchestra     February 9-11, 2017

Congratulations to all DSAO All State Orchestra participants!


Pictured: Ana Rase, Dong Lee, Sean Bowser, Dr. Lasansky, Tatia Slouka, Abby Davidson, Alison Orthel, Rachel England, Jenna Pizer & Nell Rudoff


Lily Primus Outstanding Junior Division Performer
Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado

Congratulations to 14-year old harpist Lily Primus! Lily was one of 12 winners of the 2016 Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado competition on December 29th, 2016.  Along with an award in the Junior Division, Lily was also awarded the prize for Outstanding Junior Division Performer, for ages 9-14. Lily plans to use her awards to attend the American Harp Society Competition and Summer Institute in St. Olaf, Minnesota in June 2017; and to attend the 2017 Georgia Young Artists Harp Seminar.  Lily has been a student of Mary Kay Waddington since she was 5 years old, and was a prizewinner in the 2015 American Harp Society Junior Division Competition.  Lily is a member of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, and has attended DSA since middle school.  Brava Lily!


Congratulations to Josh Felser!
Josh Felser, a 7th grade orchestra major at Denver School of the Arts, was the 1st prize winner in the Intermediate Viola division, in the EOP competition at Metropolitan University on November 5th. Josh performed the Hummel Sonatina in the King Center Concert Hall for the winners concert on November 6th, and played for a master class.  Josh is a student of Barbara Hamilton.

Congratulations, Josh!


Congratulations from Dr. L and the Orchestra Family Association
Western States Honor Orchestra Festival students

These awardees will perform at the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival in Greeley November 3-5, 2016. We hope you all have a wonderful time representing DSA in Greeley!

Landon Fennell
Samuel Floyd
Mary Fox
Corley Friesen-Johnson
Anthony Golden
Simone Hammett Lynch
Alex Han
Claire Harris
Mia Herlinger
Kendra Jackson
Artur Korotin
Dong Lee
Lauren Martin
Frances Martin
Anna Neznamova
Kai Padilla-Smith
Lily Primus
Gabe Rupe
Anna-Claire Schultz
Leslie Wilburn