Luis Millan is a conductor with a mission to make classical music accessible to everyone and to program concerts that are meaningful, engaging and relevant to today's audiences. In this, his 10th season with the Butte Symphony, he continues to strengthen the volunteer musician base critical to the orchestra's success. In particular, Luis introduces new and interesting composers and pieces to our musicians and Butte Symphony audiences alike. He creates an instant rapport with both orchestras and audiences from the moment he walks onto the stage.
Dr. Millan is now in his 17th year at the University of Montana as the Director of Orchestras. He also directs the Classical Guitar Studio and teaches Music Theory courses. Under his baton, the University of Montana Symphony has grown tremendously and is recognized as one of the best university orchestras in the Pacific Northwest. He also serves as Orchestral Director for the Red Lodge Music Festival. Dr. Millan is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States.
In addition, Dr. Millan is an active classical guitarist and has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest and presented recitals in Vienna and Shanghai as well as touring Spain five times, performing solo recitals at the Palacio de Viana in Cordoba, concerts on public television and radio and in duo recitals with his father, the Spanish poet Rafael Millan.
Before arriving in Montana, Dr. Millan directed the Orchestra program at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, and conducted in youth symphonies in Topeka, Kansas, and Jackson and Saginaw, Michigan; served as Music Director of OPERA ONE and the Opera Company of Mid-Michigan, Lansing, Michigan; and taught at Michigan State University's Community Music School and the Flint Institute of Music, Flint, Michigan.
Dr. Millan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from St. Olaf College (1991) and Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University (1993, 1997).
Luis has two delightful children, Sofia and Emilio, and a cat named Murray who is cute, but not that bright.