The DSA Vocal Department consists of students in 6th-12th grades who are selected by audition each spring. 

Students are required to audition as Majors into the Vocal Music Department.  Those accepted are placed into one of the following choirs: Treble Choir, Allegro Voce, Bellissima, or Chorale, which all meet daily for 90 minutes. During that 90 minutes, students receive instruction in vocal technique, choral methods, sight-singing, music theory, music history, and solo performance techniques.

In addition to choral activities, high school students are expected to take private voice lessons. High school students work on their solo voice technique in studio classes, performance classes, master classes, and convocations throughout each semester. Middle school students participate in weekly class voice and have the opportunity to perform in solo days during class. As part of their major, students sing a variety of genres including classical, Broadway, jazz, pop, multicultural music, etc.  DSA Vocal students have many opportunities each year to perform as soloists and ensemble members at many different venues and with many different genres of music.

Vocal majors have the opportunity to work with local, state, and national guest artists in performance and/or in the classroom.  Our choirs are nationally noted, and are frequent guest performers at the Colorado Music Educators’ Association Conference (CMEA).  They have also toured Honolulu, New York, Miami, Puerto Rico, and San Francisco.

Elective offerings include the following auditioned choirs: On a Side Note-The new DSA show choir, which is open to all DSA majors 8th-12th grade by audition. Other non-auditioned electives include musical theatre and a non-auditioned choir for non-majors. 

Our alumni go on to colleges, universities, and conservatories across the nation, including Eastman School of Music, NYU, Berklee College of Music, CalArts, San Francisco Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Stanford, Penn State, and others.