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Colorado Gives Day Tuesday, December 5th For the sixth year in a row, DYAO will participate in Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 5th. As part of our 40th Anniversary celebration, we invite you to be a part of an incredible organization that supports the musicians, the accessibility of music, the connection to music and community and the legacy of musical excellence which has thrived over the years. Colorado Gives Day was established by the Community First Foundation in order to support Colorado nonprofits. A portion of all donations received will be matched by the First Bank Incentive Fund strengthening your impact. The number of individuals giving to DYAO on Colorado Gives Day grows each year and you can help us reach our year-end goal of $40,000!

HOW TO GIVE 1. November 1, 2017 - Donations can be scheduled ahead of time at 2. December 5, 2017 - Visit and choose Denver Young Artists Orchestra to make your donation. 3. If you need assistance making your donation, please contact the DYAO office at 303.433.2420.

Thank you for your support of the young musicians of DYAO!

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Welcome Rachel Mullen, New Development and Marketing Director DYAO is pleased to welcome our newest administrative staff member, Rachel Mullen, Development and Marketing Director. Prior to working at DYAO, Rachel was responsible for directing and cultivating relationships with over 300 volunteers at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and was the Executive Director of The 10,000 Hours Show, a nonprofit dedicated to student volunteerism in the community. Rachel was also a high school English teacher for five years, and deeply believes in young people. A pianist and singer, Rachel is inspired to connect the community to the powerful music DYAO’s young musicians create. If you’d like to reach out to Rachel, she’d love to say hello. Send a message to her at

Upcoming Events Messiah and More! (2 chances!)

Young Artists Orchestra with St. Martin’s Festival Singers and the YAO Wind Concerto Competition Winner Sunday November 12, 2017, 2:30pm Lakewood Cultural Center For tickets, please visit: or call 303-987-7845. Sunday November 19, 2017. 2:30pm St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch For tickets, please visit: or call 303-433-2420.

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Painted Violin Project Exhibition Opening Following the Messiah and More! concert on Sunday, November 12 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra presents the opening of the 14th Annual Painted Violin Project Exhibition. The Painted Violin Project began in 2003 and sales from past collections have gone to benefit the orchestral and educational programs of the DYAO. This year’s collection features the work of 10 talented artists from across the country, including a piece painted live at the reception. Former violins are enhanced with oil, acrylic, metal and other mixed media. Admission to the Painted Violin Project Exhibition Opening is included with the purchase of a ticket to the November 12 concert (information on pg 1 of newsletter). Stay after the concert at the Lakewood Cultural Center and enjoy refreshments, student performances, live painting performance, meet the artists and be a part of the launch of this extraordinarily unique exhibit.

Sam Dusinberre: 2017 Wind Concerto Competition Winner Sam Dusinberre, 17, has been a member of DYAO for the past two years. In 2017, he won second prize in the high school division of the National Trumpet Competition playing the Peskin Concerto, a piece he also performed on Colorado Public Radio. He was a member of the Young Artists Orchestra at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in summer 2017 and attended Interlochen Summer Arts Camp from 2014-2016.

To view all of the available violins, read artist bios and learn about purchasing one of the pieces, visit Violin photography by Thomas Cooper, Lightbox Images Photography

Save the Date: Denver Young Artists Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Gala! Sunday, March 18, 2018 The Denver Young Artists Orchestra is excited to announce our annual fundraising gala to support student scholarships and outreach. This year, we will celebrate 40 years of excellence and will feature performances by DYAO students, a silent auction and other to-be-revealed surprises. Interested in celebrating with us? Consider sponsoring a table for your friends, family, or colleagues and receive ten tickets at a discounted rate. To learn more about table purchases and tickets, visit or contact the DYAO office at or 303.433.2420. The 2018 DYAO 40th Anniversary Gala will be held at the Wellshire Inn and Event Center at 3333 South Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222, beginning at 5p.m.

Sam has played principal trumpet with the CU Honor Band, CSU Honor Band, Colorado All-State Orchestra, and Colorado All-State Band. He has played concerti with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra (Bach/Vivaldi) and the Flatirons Community Orchestra (Hummel). He studies trumpet with Philip Hembree (Colorado Symphony). A senior at Fairview High School, Sam also enjoys skiing and playing basketball. Sam will be featured playing the Böhme Trumpet Concerto at the Messiah and More! concerts on November 12th and 19th. See page 1 for details on both of thsese concerts. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to

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DYAO Alumni Continue to Show Excellence in Colorado Symphony Profiles by Suzanne Ryan Larisa Struble Fesmire, violin Larisa is in her 10th season with the Colorado Symphony. She studied with Harold Wippler (former Denver Symphony concertmaster) and played in the Denver Young Artist Orchestra for three seasons under David Lockington. Her class had the advantage of going on the orchestras’ first international tour in 1990 to England, where the tour finale was a performance in London’s Barbican Hall. In addition to being a first-rate classical violinist, Larisa is an amazing fiddler who performed with her father Larry and sister Trina, DYAO Alum and current principal harp with the Cleveland Orchestra. John Hilton, violin John Hilton joined the Colorado Symphony in 2011 after spending three years as the Associate Concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic. John played first violin in the DYAO for three seasons (1993-96) under conductor Thomas Cockrell, and studied violin with James Maurer. In 1996, he was a finalist in the DYAO Annual Concerto Competition. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Lawrence University, as well as a Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Colorado. Marsha Holmes, viola Marsha was principal violist of the DYAO’s debut season (1978) under founding conductor Carl Topilow. Marsha joined the viola section of the Denver Symphony the following year. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a double major in music education and performance. She has also played with the Grand Teton Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival and National Repertory Orchestra. Marsha is married to Matthew Switzer, Colorado Symphony cellist, and is the first alum to have had their children participate in the DYAO. Michael Williams, flute (photo not available) Michael joined the Colorado Symphony this fall as acting second flute, now sitting next to his former flute teacher, Catherine Peterson. He was principal flute/piccolo in the DYAO for four seasons from 2002-2006 under conductor Adam Flatt. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music from Indiana University, where he was an Associate Instructor of Flute. In addition to his performance activities, Michael is also an experienced fundraiser and arts administrator. Paul Naslund, trombone Paul served as principal trombone in the DYAO under conductor David Lockington’s first season (1984-85), having joined the orchestra in 1982 under conductor Charles Ansbacher. He studied trombone with the former principal trombone of the Denver Symphony, John Daley. Paul graduated from the University of Michigan, where he also earned his Masters of Music in 1988. He has been a member of the Colorado Symphony since 1990. Before joining the Colorado Symphony, Paul toured regularly with the King’s Brass and was principal trombone with the Central City Opera. Joanne Goble, contrabassoon Joanne was a member of YAO’s debut orchestra under Carl Topilow, and appeared often in the Denver Symphony when a contrabassoon was needed. She has served as the Colorado Symphony’s Librarian for over 30 years. He husband, Gary Goble, was a violinist in the Symphony until he retired six years ago. They spend as much time as possible hiking and enjoying the Canyonlands of Utah from their Moab cabin. All photographs provided by D Y A O | 13 8 5 S . C o l o r a d o B l v d . S u i t e A 7 2 2 | D e n v e r, C O 8 0 2 2 2 | w w w . d y a o . o r g | i n f o @ d y a o . o r g

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Board & Staff

“Denver Young Artists Orchestra offers the type of musical environment that allows me to share my excitement about music with other dedicated musicians. It is where I can focus on my craft without worrying about social or financial issues because of its accepting culture and generous scholarship aids. DYAO is my second family and I am proud to be a member of this prestigious group of performers!”

Board of Directors Arthur Hodges, President Eileen Griffin, Vice-President Susan Oakes, Vice-President Matt Gross, Treasurer Lynn Slouka, Secretary Alberta Buckman Greg Dickson Tom Herrington John Kinzie Ron Lamberson Suzanne Ryan David Schans Maria Eugenia Tapia, DMA Fran Trujillo Kelly Waltrip (Executive Director)

- Kyterra Waters, trumpet In honor of Denver Young Artists Orchestra’s 40th anniversary, we invite you to contribute a gift to the future of music education. Only one-third of the annual expenses are met through tuition and fees. The remainder comes from friends like you. With your support, students like Kyterra receive scholarships and carry a lifelong experience of exceptional musical education.

Contribution Levels: Friend $60 Platinum Baton $2,500 Benefactor $120 Conductor’s Circle $5,000 Patron


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DYAO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To make a tax-deductible donation to DYAO, please use the enclosed envelope or visit

Alums: We want to hear from you! With DYAO’s 40th Anniversary Concert and Gala in March 2018, DYAO is eager to hear and share the latest from DYAO alumni. With thousands of individuals who have been a part of the DYAO family, we know there are stories to share. Please send the information below to or detach this sheet and mail it to DYAO (address listed at bottom of newsletter). Name:_________________________________________ Email:_________________________________________ Mailing Address:________________________________ Phone Number:______________ Year Graduated:______________ Join our DYAO Alumni Facebook Page! Search: Denver Young Artists Orchestra Alumni

Parent Representatives Jennifer Bensaid Eric Colsman Student Representatives Chloe Schans (YAO) Artistic Staff Wes Kenney - Music Director/ Young Artists Orchestra Conductor Carmen Wiest - String Ensembles Conductor Nicholas Gilmore - Conservatory Orchestras Conductor Adam Torres - Assistant Conductor, Young Artists Orchestra Jeffrey Rubin - Assistant Conductor, Conservatory Orchestra South Megan Rubin - Assistant Conductor, Conservatory Orchestra North Administrative Staff Kelly Waltrip - Executive Director Rachel Mullen - Development & Marketing Director Julie Strom - Orchestra Manager Victoria Vanest - Administrative & Patron Services Coordinator Lynn Slouka - Office Volunteer

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DYAO Fall 2017 Newsletter  
DYAO Fall 2017 Newsletter