Zeljko Milicevic – Symphony Orchestra
Zeljko Milicevic received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Violin Performance from Wayne State University and his Master of Music in Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2007, he earned a Certificate in Orchestral Studies from Wayne State University with an emphasis in Conducting and Violin Performance.
A sought-after clinician and adjudicator, Milicevic began his service in public education in 1990 and has taught music to students at all grade levels. He has led orchestra programs in Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools, Utica Community Schools, and Farmington Public Schools and most recently served as Director of Orchestras and District String Coordinator, grades K-12 with the Oxford Community Schools. In addition, he has been on staff as Adjunct Professor of String Pedagogy at Oakland University in Rochester, MI since 2005.
A member of the Flint Symphony Orchestra since 1987, Milicevic was appointed to the position of Associate Concertmaster in 2011. His role as Concertmaster of the Bijou Orchestra, a select 13-member salon theatre orchestra located in Bay City, MI, has afforded him numerous memorable performances in the mid-Michigan area including the revival of silent movies set to live music, performing as soloist, and presenting period reviews in concert specializing in music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. He has also performed in many of Michigan’s regional orchestras including the Michigan Opera Theatre, Saginaw-Bay Orchestra and The Midland Symphony Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, his career has included engagements with numerous ensembles. Milicevic is currently a member of the Classic Impressions String Quartet comprised of principals of the Flint Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of Ivybrooke Strings where he performs in a violin and piano duo. His most recent recording projects include a musical portrayal based on the book Einstein’s Dreams with the Bijou Theatre Orchestra, and the piano trios of Mendelssohn and Haydn recorded with the Ivybrooke Strings. As an outreach of the Flit Symphony Orchestra, he is a member of the Troubadours ensemble.
Milicevic has served as a guest conductor for the Bijou Theatre Orchestra, and the Detroit Medical Orchestra. Previously, he has directed the Lake St. Clair Symphony and Symphony of the Lakes. In 2014, he was appointed as Music Director and Conductor of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. This year marks the beginning of his 24th season as Music Director and Senior Conductor with the Oakland Youth Orchestras.