Rochester Symphony Orchestra

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Rochester Symphony Orchestra
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Background Information





Years Active

1961 - Present


Zeljko Milicevic

Mailing Address

Rochester Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 80262
Rochester, MI 48308






The Rochester Symphony Orchestra began in 1961 as part of the Department of Adult Education of the Rochester Board of Education. The small group of musicians were determined to share the enjoyment of making music with the people of their community. Through its developmental years the RSO experienced inventive growth and maturity under the batons of Frederick Johnson (1961-1963), Richard Goldsworthy (1963-1970), Alonzo Seaboldt (1970-1975), and Ed Steinhardt (1975-1978). These directors built the orchestra and enhanced its recognition as a cultural resource in the greater Rochester area.

In 1965 the orchestra became self-sustaining through the assistance of ARCO: The Association of Rochester Community Orchestra, Inc. In 1966 the Rochester Symphony Orchestra society Inc. became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

In addition to its concerts, the RSO also conducts educational and outreach programs in the community. One such program is the annual Young Artist Competition, which the orchestra has held since 1982. The program provides an opportunity for aspiring young musicians to compete for both a cash award and a solo performance with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra.

Conductor Biography

Zeljko Milicevic

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Zeljko Milicevic, current conductor with the RSO, received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Violin Performance from Wayne State University. He received his Master of Music in Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also 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. He taught music to students at all grade levels, most recently with later secondary orchestral ensembles. Milicevic is currently employed through the Oxford Community Schools as Director of High School Orchestras. He is also the District String Coordinator, grades K-12. In addition to his public school responsibilities, he holds a position as Adjunct Professor of String Pedagogy at Oakland University in Rochester, MI.

Milicevic’s Music The Flint Symphony Orchestra appointed him to the position of Associate Concertmaster in 2011 after he had been a member since 1987. Additionally, he serves as the Concertmaster and soloist of the Bijou Orchestra, a select 13-member salon theatre orchestra. He has performed in many of Michigan’s regional and community orchestras. Among them are the Michigan Opera Theatre, Saginaw Symphony, and The Midland Symphony Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, his career has included engagements with numerous ensembles. He is a violinist with the Classic Impressions String Quartet which is comprised of principals of the Flint Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the Ivybrooke Strings where he performs in a violin and piano duo as well as a piano trio. His most recent recording project is a musicalportrayal based on the book Einstein’s Dreams with the Bijou Orchestra. He is also recording the piano trios of Mendelssohn and Haydn with the Ivybrooke Strings.



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