Orchestra E-News

April 6, 2020 - Orchestra Updates

Hi, Orchestra Families!


I hope you are all staying safe and healthy.  So far, so good in the Kurr Household.


  1. All orchestra students are successfully in Buzz/Genius now--well done!  Glad to have you all there.

  2. The next step is to make sure that you stay on top of all assignments.  There will be few, really, so please make sure to complete them. If there are troubles/issues, let me know.  I cannot help you if I do not know there is a problem.

    1. There will be a Weekly Check-In video each week.  Students will be given excerpts to prepare and record for Buzz submission.

    2. Some weeks (including this week) we will meet for quick Zoom sectionals.

      1. 15 minutes each

      2. Will usually cover the material for the Weekly Check-In recording

      3. I will provide a Zoom link for each group

      4. If there is some sort of conflict, it is not a big deal: simply let me know ahead of time.

      5. HERE are the general guidelines for Zoom Sectionals

      6. Schedule for this week
        Vln 1 = R 4/9 1:00pm 
        Vln 2 = R 4/9 1:30pm 
        Vla/Vcl = R 4/9 2:00pm
        Vln 1 = W 4/8 1:00pm
        Vln 2 =  W 4/8 1:30pm
        Vla =  W 4/8 2:00pm
        Vcl/DB =  W 4/8 2:30pm
        Vln 1 = T 4/7 1:00pm
        Vln 2 =  T 4/7 1:30pm
        Vla =  T 4/7 2:00pm
        Vcl/DB =  T 4/7 2:30pm

    3. There will be listening and musicianship assignments, and they will be due at the end of the month.

  3. THIS FOLDER contains the recordings from the 3/12 Concerto Showcase concert (which just might be the last concert in the PAC until next March…). 

  4. The school district is waiting until about May 1 to make a decision about the remainder of the school year and whether or not we will return to the building.  This timeline could be altered if the Governor or President makes overriding proclamations, of course. This timeline also will be for decisions about prom and the graduation ceremony.  And this will all have ramifications on our final orchestra concerts. Just stay tuned!

  5. Fine Arts Week 2020 is going online!  INFO here and SUBMISSIONS here.  FAW2020nline is open to students, staff, and families!

  6. Ward Brodt is shipping items to homes for free.  Send our representative Rob Smith an email at rsmith@ward-brodt.com if you have needs.  Snark tuner? Music stand?

  7. State Solo Not Ensemble is happening online!  THIS DOCUMENT FROM WSMA describes the festival and how it works.  All MHS string students (except for the one person who was slated to perform her solo at McFarland) is set for the STATE stage.  Our school code is 10508. And this is only for solos. Ensembles, done through Zoom or Google Meet or the like, are eligible for Fine Arts Week but not for a WSMA event.


Keep in touch!


March 13, 2020 - Info about MN Trip Cancellation

Dear Music Families of MHS,


We are receiving information and inquiries about the message sent by the music department to cancel the upcoming Minneapolis Music Field trip as it pertains to refunds.  It will take us some time to determine information from the vendors regarding refunds or how we might be able to utilize credit in the future.   Right now, the District's priority is creating plans for continuing instruction due to potential closure as well as creating procedures to handle staff or student exposure to COVID-19.   Trip organizers are going to need time to contact vendors, and the district needs to determine the best way to handle the significant number of refunds that could potentially result. What our nation and community are experiencing is unprecedented.   The situation is rapidly evolving. Either myself or the District Office will reach back out to you and other families in the district whose events have been canceled to share more information on refunds at a later date. 




Peg Shoemaker



Ms Peg ShoemakerPrincipal 

Middleton High School

(608) 829-9923

March 12, 2020 - Concert is ON ON ON ON!

The restrictions for gatherings at our schools begin Friday 3/13, so the concert tonight for Sinfonia and Symphony Orchestra is STILL A GO!!  The district administrators have officially given the green light for tonight.  However, in light of the concerns, we will not do the post-concert reception.



March 12, 2020 - Minnesota Trip Canceled

Dear music parents and families,


We have just learned that the district has decided to cancel our tour to Minneapolis tomorrow due to concerns about COVID-19.  Unfortunately, they will not be able to offer any refunds or waive fees.

We do not have any additional information to share at this time.  Please direct any questions to district administration.

We are sorry to break the bad news, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as the school continues to navigate this evolving situation.


Doug Brown, Steve Kurr, Jamie Pitt, Eric Rothacker, and Mike Ver Voort

February 26, 2020 - Spring Supper Important Info

Dear Parents of Band and Orchestra students, 

The next “big thing” is soon upon the program and the parents. Yup, you guessed it,


Spring Supper Concert and Auction.

Date: Saturday, April 4.

Location: Middleton High School.

Concert:  that is the kids

Supper: tickets and volunteer opportunities... information to follow, soon.


This year we are soliciting donations and contributions from PARENTS/FAMILIES as well as from businesses in the community.


We are asking you to contribute.

  1. Donate items to specific baskets, as listed here, and found at the SignUpGenius.  www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0948afab22a75-donations

  2. Donate money, so we can purchase items to fill each of these baskets. www.middletonbandorchestra.org/auction-baskets-2020

List of Baskets to build, for the Auction 

SEEKING donations from parents of Band and Orchestra students.


Cash contributions should be of similar value.

The success of this final fundraiser depends upon ALL OF US working together, and giving.



Please donate an item, or group of items, NEW, with a value between $10 and $45. 

SignUpGenius link, for donations. 



If you prefer, contribute cash, so we can purchase items to fill these baskets.

BOPA website link for CASH contributions.

  • Dog Lovers

  • Cat Lovers

  • Father’s Day

  • Mother’s Day

  • Off to College

  • Bartender

  • Cook

  • Gardener

  • Sewing, knitting, crocheting

  • Yoga

  • Running

  • Golf

  • Beer Lover

  • Wine Lover

  • MiniBar Basket

  • Movie Night at home

  • Backyard fun

  • Going to the Pool

  • Summer fun/ Outdoor Games

  • Day on the boat

  • UW Madison swag


Please: DEADLINE is Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Items will be gathered at The Mackey, 1551 Parmenter Street.



THANK YOU, in advance, for your participation in the 2020 Spring Concert Supper and Auction.




The Auction Committee of the Spring Supper Committee of Middleton Band and Orchestra.

Please direct questions to Kim Mackey, Chair. MHSBOPAspringsupper@gmail.com

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