November 2011: Giving Thanks for Music!

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Giving Thanks for Music!

Newsletter for November 2011


It is time to sign up to perform in one of our winter recitals! We will be having four recitals this year, including two “First Recitals,” with an intimate environment for those who are performing for the first time, or would like a smaller crowd. We will share our other two recitals with the communities at The Academy and The Lodge at Balfour. Sign-up sheets are available in the waiting room of the main studio. The deadline to sign up and choose repertoire is Friday, December 2.

Saturday, December 10
2:00-3:00 pm*
Dana V. Music Ensemble Room
*”First Recital:” Sign-up will be limited to 15 participants.

Saturday, December 10
7:15-8:45 pm
The Academy, 970 Aurora Avenue, Boulder

Sunday, December 11
12:30-1:30 pm*
Dana V. Music Ensemble Room
*”First Recital:” Sign-up will be limited to 15 participants.

Sunday, December 11
3:00-5:00 pm
Lodge at Balfour, 1331 Hecla Drive, Louisville
Due to heavy volume, this date is no longer open for sign-ups.

These recitals are meant to provide a positive performing environment, as well as a chance to reach out to the community by offering the gift of music. Students are encouraged, but not required, to perform.

Come and support our brave performers!


Dana V. Music is pleased to announce a recent partnership with Impact on Education and Ryan Elementary School in Lafayette. In the last month, 9 new 5th grade students have begun taking lessons at Dana V. Music as a result of this new program! Students are studying cello, violin, viola, and clarinet. We are very excited about this ongoing program and welcome these new students to our Dana V. Music family. We also welcome two new faculty members, Monica Smiley (cello) and Kellan Toohey (clarinet), to this program.


Seven members of the Flatiron Chorales recently attended an all day convention on November 12th to perform 2 pieces at the CFMC (Colorado Federation of Music Club’s) Junior Convention. These amazing students spent over 12 hours attending workshops and rehearsals to prepare for a final concert of which the finale was conducted by Dana V. Music’s very own Bette Weir. You are all to be commended. Bette, you are a force! Thank you!

Flatiron Chorale Concert Dates:
Tuesday, December 6th, 4:30 p.m. at The Academy in Boulder
Tuesday, December 13th, 4:30 p.m. at The Lodge at Balfour, Louisville


Dana V. Music offers gift certificates in any denomination or number of lessons. This is a gift that truly keeps on giving! Register your student for spring classes and purchase your holiday gift certificate at the same time, or introduce a friend to our programs with this gift.


Please make sure you have updated your phones to reflect our new phone number change at Dana V. Music to (303) 974-5586. This is our main office line, but remember, you must contact your teacher directly to cancel lessons. As always, we are happy to speak with you!


Choosing to Stay Healthy During the Winter Performing Season
Cody Qualls, DVM Voice Instructor

As winter comes in, we are more vulnerable to the various illnesses around us.
Since we are dependent upon our bodies to be in good form for our various musical activities, we are obliged to honor what our body needs to stay healthy. Below are some top tips to encourage wellness during the season!

  • Become aware of what kind of foods are going into your body. These can be such tricky waters to navigate in a season filled with sweets! In my experience, the most successful way to meet the strong desire to “junk out” on food has been to feel the food before, during and after you eat it. Consider your food choice with the feelings just below your belly button. Can you feel how it will make you feel even before you eat it? Consider if the food is going to give you energy, or drain your energy. After you eat, do you feel good for the next few hours or is something else being revealed about the choice of food you made? Feeling the reality of the food gets us out of “this is not good for me” and “no, I can’t have that,” which of course makes us want it more! When you honor what your body needs you will find that it is much more willing to honor the amount of energy you need to fully engage yourself in your creative endeavors.
  • Be fierce with not over scheduling yourself! With weather that is often calling us inward, to be home and warm, the holiday momentum can often carry us away from what we need most during this season; rest! If you are feeling tired and pushed past your boundaries, honor your body and listen to what it is asking. When we weaken ourselves with too much “doing,” we lose our ability to be happy and healthy human “beings.” I will tie this into my third tip below.
  • Declare that you want to be healthy! With all the students that are in and out of the studio from week to week, I have found this last tip to be very helpful. If I notice that a student has a sniffle or a touch of a cough, I instantly get clear that I want no part of it. Ever notice how we always say I “caught” a cold? This implies that we reached out and received it. I ask myself, “Will this sickness serve me in anyway?” The answer is always no, so I choose to steer clear. What I tend to see with students is that very often, illness comes in from being over extended. (see tip number 2) It forces us to slow down, so there truly is something in it for us sometimes. It’s a way to get out of the “this is too much for me” routine. The last thing you want to do is miss an exciting performance that you’ve worked very hard for. If we honor our limitations, we can prevent our illnesses from limiting us during this busy performance time.

I wish you wellness in all that you are up to. Happy winter months to all!


Geeta Novotny, Dana Vachharajani’s sister, is a launching artist for David Lynch Foundation Music, a charity-owned record label created by the legendary film maker David Lynch. She recently found out the great news that her performance track of “Ave Maria” and DLF Music is officially garnering GRAMMY buzz!

DLF Music launched in July on iTunes with an incredible album compilation called DOWNLOAD FOR GOOD featuring previously unreleased tracks donated from colossal artists Maroon 5, Peter Gabriel, Alanis Morissette, Ben Folds, Ozomatli, Iggy Pop, and Daryl Hannah, along with many others. The best part of this compilation is that all of the proceeds from the downloads go to the mission of the The David Lynch Foundation.

Six of the Download for Good songs made it officially onto the ballot for 2012 GRAMMY Award Nomination Considerations, and one of those tracks is Geeta’s performance of “Ave Maria” with Andy Summers (the guitarist of the band The Police), which is on the ballot for Best Classical Vocal Solo!

Listen to “Ave Maria” watch the official “Ave Maria” video, and download the track from David Lynch Foundation Music here. To download the compilation on iTunes, visit


Dana V. Music is pleased to announce that our veteran teachers are available to perform at your holiday party! Imagine your guests singing around a piano or enjoying beautiful live music while dining or chatting. Make your party memorable by hiring one or more of our staff to provide live music! Our teachers are experienced in performance including voice, piano, guitar, violin, viola, flute and/or any combinations of duets and ensembles. Your guests will appreciate it! Please call our marketing director, Nancy Fitzgerald, at (303) 947-3536 for details and booking arrangements.


Thomas Russo, who just finished the role of Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird, will now be featured as Young Erik in The Boulder Dinner Theatre’s production of Phantom. Way to go, Thomas!

Congratulations to all of our extremely talented students from Fairview High School, who completely rocked it in All Shook Up last week! We are so proud of you! Tess Haifley participated in 2 roles in her Niwot High School production of Les Miserables. She said that the show received amazing accolades!

Sofia Le will be a soloist for the Silver Creek Elementary Silver Singers in their upcoming holiday concert! Great Job!

Sydney Chinowsky will be playing the role of the Toymaker in The Peanut Butter Player’s Babes in Toyland at the Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts. Production will be presented in December.


Teacher News:
Congratulations to DVM voice teacher Cody Qualls and his beautiful wife Marlena on the birth of their son, Tay Benjamin Qualls, on October 18. What a wonderful addition to their family!

DVM piano teacher Yukiko Kimura just completed her first New York City Marathon on November 6. Wow, a wonderful pianist and runner too!

Nancy Anderson, our fearless and well loved Bring it to Broadway Guest Artist, is currently in the Broadway production of City of Angels in New York City.

Meredith Patterson, one of our fabulous Bring it to Broadway Guest Artists, just guest-starred as Angela Markham on the JJ Abrams new television series, Person of Interest, on CBS.

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