2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Denver School of the Arts Middle School - Orchestra

IC North

Enrique Lasansky
Denver School of the Arts, Director of Orchestras

Dr. Enrique Leon Lasansky was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He came to the United States at the age of 9. His musical studies began as a clarinetist. Enrique was a student of the legendary, Anthony Gigliotti, long-time 1st clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Upon graduation from Swarthmore College, Enrique received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for clarinet and conducting studies in Europe. Subsequently, he received an M.F.A In Orchestral Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University. During four summers at the Pierre Monteux School for Advanced Conductors in Maine and in private lessons at Hartford, Enrique studied with his principal conducting influence, Charles Bruck. Maestro Bruck was Pierre Monteux’s  (conductor who premiered The Rite of Spring) main protege. In 1991 Enrique Lasansky received a Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from the University of Arizona. That same year he founded the Catalina Chamber Orchestra (CCO) in Tucson where he served as Music Director from 1991- 2008. Dr. Lasansky also served as clarinetist and bass clarinetist with the Arizona Opera Company.

Dr. Lasansky has been Director of orchestras at DSA since 2013. Under his leadership the orchestras at DSA have won numerous awards. The middle school Sinfonia has won the National Orchestra Festival (ASTA) twice. DSA’s high school string orchestra was selected to perform at the Midwest Clinic. The high school orchestra won 1st. place in the NOF’s full orchestra division. The high school ful orchestra was second runner-up at the National Orchestra Cup in NYC. The high school orchestra was also selected as the country’s best  high school orchestra by The American Prize (2019). This past November the DSA Orchestra performed the full length version of Rimsky Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” in a very well received concert. This CMEA performance will be Dr. Lasansky’s fifth appearance as an honor performing group at the conference. 

Presider - Dave Hammond, Denver School of the Arts Director of Bands

Concert Host - Rachel Lavadie, CO ASTA Western Slope Representative