Associate Principal Flute, Henrietta Rauenhorst Chair
Greg Milliren, the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate principal flutist since 2009, has a robust orchestral career, including past performances as guest principal flute with the Dallas Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Seattle Symphony. Additionally, he has performed flute and piccolo with the major orchestras of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, National, Colorado and Jacksonville. He performed with the Russian National Orchestra during their tour to Minnesota, and has also appeared with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival USA and the New World Symphony.
Milliren is also an experienced chamber musician, having appeared on the Orchestra’s chamber music series many times and has performed in venues all across the Twin Cities including concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. While based in Los Angeles, he was a producer and performer for numerous concerts with The Definiens Project, a group which brought fun and inventive contemporary chamber music to diverse audiences in relaxed and accessible settings. He was featured as soloist with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in 2012, performing Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto, and he has served as principal flute with the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota.
As an educator, he is in demand locally and nationally as a teacher and audition coach, and has given performances and masterclasses at the University of Southern California, the Colburn School, Idyllwild Arts Academy, St. Olaf College, Iowa State University, and the University of Wisconsin Madison. His students have won local competitions and have gone on to their own careers in music. He has performed many times for the pre-school, Kindergarten and elementary age audiences of the KinderKonzerts sponsored by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Milliren is a frequent volunteer with the Minnesota Orchestra’s many internal working committees, sometimes known as “The Minnesota Model” of orchestra governance. He enjoys helping our state’s largest non-profit organization achieve its mission not only on stage, but as a member of our community.
Growing up in the Milwaukee area, Milliren began studying piano as a six-year-old and picked up the flute at age 10. His experience with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony nurtured a love of symphonic music and set him on the path to music being a profession. He first performed with the Minnesota Orchestra as a substitute musician while earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota. He subsequently completed a master’s degree at the University of Southern California. He credits his many music teachers, mentors and parents for helping him succeed.
Milliren and his husband Dan Mollick, an Edina middle-school orchestra teacher, live in St. Louis Park with their rescue pit bull, Sadie.