About Orchestra

M-A’s Orchestra is a group performance ensemble over fifty students strong that studies and performs music spanning Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary, and Jazz genres.

Mr. Kurrus started the Orchestra in 2011, and it has flourished ever since. This year, the Orchestra earned a gold medal in WorldStrides’ Festival of Gold in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2015, the M-A Orchestra was invited to perform at the prestigious National Band & Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall. Other gold award-winning performances include the 2014 and 2017 Chicago Festivals of Gold and the 2016 Festival of Gold in Washington D.C.

In April 2019, the Orchestra will perform in the National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall.

All orchestra families should now have paid at least $800 of the total trip payment of $1500. Checks are preferred to avoid online fees; please write them out to Menlo-Atherton Music Boosters and bring them directly to Mr. Kurrus. You can also pay through PayPal to musicboostersforma@gmail.com. Please email Celeste Baranski with any questions.

Performance Schedule

April 17-20
National Band and Orchestra Festival, Carnegie Hall, New York
Wednesday, April 24
Chamber Music Concert (Optional), 7 PM, PAC
Tuesday, May 21
Spring Concert, 7 PM, PAC

Photo Gallery


Nashville 2018:


Concerto in G Major (Nashville 2018):

Largo from the New World Symphony (Nashville 2018):

Brandenburg Sinfonia (Nashville 2018):

Marriage of Figaro (Chicago 2017):

Poem for Orchestra (Chicago 2017):

English Folk Song Suite (Chicago 2017):