The Middleton Community Orchestra, founded in May 2010 by clarinetists Larry Bevic and Mindy Taranto (below), is a new ensemble for community musicians who want to make music and have a great time playing together. Our guiding principle was to create and sustain a high quality ensemble composed of local amateur musicians who would be capable of performing challenging classical repertoire. Our first rehearsal was on September 15, 2010. On November 10th we gave our first concert to an audience of over 400 at the Middleton Performing Arts Center.
Inaugural Concert, November 10, 2010
Photo by Skip Resenhoeft
Steve Kurr, conductor
Photo by Skip Resenhoeft
Conductor Steve Kurr received undergraduate degrees in Viola Performance and Mathematics from UW-Platteville, a master’s degrees in Musicology from UW-Madison, and has completed doctoral course work there with specialties in mid-18th Century Viennese symphonies and orchestral conducting.
Steve is in his 13th year as the Orchestra Director at Middleton High School where he conducts the two school orchestras and teaches music history courses.
Steve lives in the Town of Middleton with his wife Nancy (a private viola instructor) and his comic relief: Veronica and Thomas.
Valerie Sanders, concertmaster
Valerie Clare Sanders will be a senior at UW-Madison as a violin performance major, studying previously with Felicia Moye and currently with Leslie Shank. She began violin studies at age 3. A native of Milwaukee, she was in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony (MYSO) for 7 years, 5 of which she held a concertmaster role in various ensembles. She has placed in several local competitions, appearing as the winner of 3 MYSO concerto competitions, a finalist in the 2011 Madison Symphony Bolz Young Artist Competition, and the winner of the 2011 Milwaukee Symphony Stars of Tomorrow competition. In spring 2012, she appeared as a guest soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for a student concert series.
In addition to full-time university studies, she has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra since 2012. During the 2014-2015 school year, she will also be the violinist in the School of Music’s Perlman Piano Trio.
Valerie plays on a recently acquired violin from Chicago’s Kenneth Warren & Sons; the instrument was made in Paris in 1749.
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