Reminders: Upcoming Events and Important Dates!

Just a couple of reminders for some upcoming events and important dates:
  1. Recital Signup begins Wednesday, October 24th! I will be sending out the info and sign up sheets for the recitals tomorrow! Please be sure to watch out for that email and sign up for the recital that works best for you!
  2. Perform at Louisville’s First Friday Artwalk! You won’t want to miss this awesome performance opportunity. It’s a great way to shake off those pre-recital nerves and try out your song for the crowd before performing it at the recital. (See flyer below)
  3. Don’t miss Dana’s performance this weekend! FREE for children and students. Join Boulder Symphony for their Annual Children’s Halloween Concert! (See flyer below)
  4. Spring lesson scheduling to begin November 7th! I can’t believe it, but we will begin spring scheduling on November 7th. More details to come

Welcome back to Fall Semester!

Hello students!

Welcome back to our fall semester. We are excited for you to be studying with us!

As a reminder, fall semester runs from 8/13-12/21.

Our fall group class registration is up! Take a look at our Group Classes page to see all of our amazing offerings!

Recital Signup Begins on March 21st!

Be sure to check your email the morning of Wednesday, March 21st, as I will be sending out all of the information and signup links for the upcoming Spring Recitals!

Recitals will be May 11-13th this spring.
Friday, May 11th (Adult Recital)
6:30-8:00PM – DVM Ensemble Room

Saturday, May 12th
11:00AM-12:00PM – DVM Ensemble Room
3:00-5:00PM – Lodge at Balfour

Sunday, May 13th
12:00-1:00PM – DVM Ensemble Room
3:00-5:00PM – Pine Street Church

See you there!

January 2016: Group Classes & Teacher Spotlight

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Spring 2016 Group Classes & Teacher Spotlight

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Dear Families,
We have been so excited to see so many of you back for private voice and instrumental lessons. Please know that we teach some great group classes as well. You can find them on the website, but for just a sampling, we are featuring three wonderful classes below.

Chorales for All Ages & Preschool Musical

Class Registration can be accessed by clicking on the class name!

Preschool Musical, Three of a Kind!

Preschool Musical is a great class for your little ones (Ages 3-5) to explore theater through playacting, music, and movement. This year’s production is ‘Three of a Kind!’ A play about a missing bear and how a number of different characters go looking for clues to find baby bear. Sign your child up for an amazing first experience on stage here at Dana V. Music.

Flatiron Youth Chorale

Flatiron Youth Chorale is THE Louisville children’s choir. It is an entertaining and educational experience aimed at children ages 5-14.

During rehearsals, choir will explore varying music styles, theory, vocal technique, languages, instrumental technique, and social and ensemble behavior. This semester will be special; the choir will be singing two brand new songs written by choir members during last semester’s “Raise your Voice!” Poetry Contest and composed by our assistant choir director, John Boggs.

The FYC performs several times a year and this semester will be performing at the Steinbaugh Pavilion for our Rhythm and Hues event in May!

Flatiron Women’s Contemporary Chorale

The Flatiron Women’s Contemporary Chorale is an excellent opportunity for women to be part of a group of courageous and caring women who also love to sing. This choir will explore different styles of contemporary music from the decades in a stress-free environment.

There is no audition! Singers will learn to find their voice and blend with other singers and learn to create a great sound within. Concerts will be presented only if the group feels ready, but we usually plan to present twice per semester in fun communities. The choir is led by our talented choir directors, Nichol Elgin and John Boggs.

To view all our group classes, please click HERE

Teacher and Instrument of the Month

Keirsten Schwanbeck (Cello)

Meet Keirsten Schwanbeck, Dana V. Music’s resident cello instructor. Keirsten has been instructing cello for over 10 years and has been studying the instrument since she was eight years old. Keirsten is not only a great cellist, she is also an accomplished student. She attended Hope College in Holland, MI on full scholarship, graduating Magna cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance.

Keirsten went on to study at the Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance in 2008. One of Keirsten’s favorite activities is to transcribe modern or classic rock and pop songs and put her own spin on them. Her favorites are Michael Jackson, Radiohead, and Coldplay. If you, or anyone you know is dying to learn the cello, please contact us and we will be happy to sign you up!

Summer Camps!

As many of you know, we offer quite a few summer camps for all ages, however, Dana V. Music really wants to be sure that we offer and teach the camps you might need.

We have created a very brief survey that we would love for you to fill out for us! This is totally anonymous, so please feel free to give us a much detail as possible. This is to help us educate and offer the proper summer programs for all! Thank you so much!

Participate in the survey by clicking HERE


As always, please remember to stay in the loop with all announcements, events, and more at!

FYC Poetry Contest

“Raise Your Voice” Poetry Contest Application

Contest Description

Dana V. Music’s “Raise your Voice” Poetry Contest for Flatiron Youth Chorale (FYC)is a unique opportunity to get one of your poems set to music and work with a positive music group in the community! John Boggs composer and Assistant Director of the FYC at Dana V. Music, will transform the contest winner’s poem into a piece of choral music that will be performed by FYC May 6th, 2016 at the Steinbaugh Pavilion for the Pavilion for the Rhythm & Hues event, as well as other public concerts presented that semester. Two winners will be chosen one from the Elementary age group and another from the Middle School age group. In addition to the possibility of your poem being set to music, all applicants will be eligible for a 10% discount towards Flatiron Youth Chorale tuition! Winners will receive free tuition to the FYC for the spring semester, a value of over $250.00.

Contest Guidelines

Registration for FYC is NOT a requirement for this contest

  • Deadline for submissions is December 11, 2015, winners will be selected December 18, 2015
  • All applicants must be between the ages of 6 and 14
  • Elementary Age group (up to 5th grade). Middle School Group (up to 8th grade)
  • Applicants are only allowed to submit one poem, collaborative teams of up to 3 people are permitted
  • Poems must follow the theme of “Raise Your Voice”: A theme celebrating the importance of being heard. Poem content can be about any important issue, the way we communicate, the way we want to be heard, singing, or another related topic
  • Poem should no more than 15 lines or 100 words in length

How to Apply

There are three ways you can submit your application. 

  1. Review and fill out the information in the application below.
  2. Download a pdf application and submit your application and poem via e-mail to with the subject line: FYC Poetry Contest, Last Name, First Name
  3. Download a pdf application and submit your application and poem in person at the Dana V. Music office, located at 901 Front Street, Suite B150, Louisville, CO 80027. 

If you like, you can also submit a video of you performing your poem along with your application and poem text.  The video may be highlighted on our social media if your approval is given.  Videos can be submitted as a YouTube link or MP4 file.       

*To Register for Flatiron Youth Chorale, please follow this link to our 2016 Spring Group Class registration page

If you have any questions about the Poetry Contest, please call us at (303) 974-5586 or send an e-mail to

Thank You and Good Luck!


Dana V. Music


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