This season marks Dr. Luis Millán’s tenth year as Orchestra Director at The University of Montana. Under his leadership, The University of Montana Symphony Orchestra has demonstrated phenomenal growth, now being recognized as one of the best university orchestras in the Northwest. Dr. Millán also serves as Music Director/Conductor of Montana Lyric Opera and Butte Symphony Orchestra and is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. Recent engagements include conducting All-State Orchestras in Oklahoma (2010) and Montana (2011).
In addition to conducting and teaching, Dr. Millán remains active as a classical guitarist. Recent guitar performances have included concerts throughout the Northwest and recitals in Vienna, Austria; Shanghai, China; and Madrid and Cordoba, Spain.
Before arriving in Montana, Dr. Millán directed the Orchestra Program at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas; conducted youth orchestras in Topeka, Kansas, and Jackson and Saginaw, Michigan; and served as Music Director of OPERA ONE and Opera Company of Mid-Michigan, Lansing, Michigan
Dr. Millán holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota (1991) and Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan (1993, 1997).