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Orchestra Instructor
Mr. Steve Kurr


Steve Kurr has been at Middleton High School for over two decades, teaching the three school orchestras music history courses and serving as the Instructional Leader for the Fine Arts Department. He received undergraduate degrees in Viola Performance and Mathematics from UW-Platteville a master’s degree in Musicology from UW-Madison. He has completed doctoral coursework at UW-Madison with specialties in mid-18th-century Viennese symphonies and orchestral conducting.


Mr. Kurr also conducts the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Opus One ensemble, has been teaching continuing education courses in music appreciation since 1997, served on the Wisconsin Music Educator Association Council as the State Chair for Lifelong Engagement in Music, produces Connect Events for the Madison Symphony Orchestra League, is a Master Adjudicator for the Wisconsin School Music Association, was a Kohl Teaching Fellowship recipient in 2017, won the UW-Madison Rockwell Award for Cooperating Teachers in 2018, and is Founding Conductor Emeritus for the Middleton Community Orchestra. His wife, Nancy, also a violist, teaches orchestra in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Schools. They live in the Town of Middleton with their children, Veronica and Thomas, both violists.


The Middleton High School Symphony String Orchestra, one of three curricular orchestras at MHS, consists of seniors and juniors and auditioned sophomore and freshman string musicians. This orchestras at Middleton High School, founded in 1926 by Greta Muehlmeier and rekindled in the early 1970s by Jim Kjelland and  John Pickart, learn about music through the investigation of traditional orchestral literature, solo & ensemble experiences, and non-orchestral styles. The MHS Symphony has toured to several locations both near and far, including Chicago, Minnesota, New Orleans, Florida, Atlanta, Boston, New York City, Germany’s Rhine Valley, Ireland, Austria, Hungary, Puerto Rico, London, Portugal and Spain. 

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