Milton Olsson

Milton Olsson came to Michigan Technological University in 1976 to fill the position of director of choral and orchestral activities. His accomplishments with the choral ensembles and the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra quickly brought him to prominence on the local arts scene and in the State of Michigan. Dr. Olsson conducted the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra throughout his 33-year career at Michigan Tech.


Dr. Olsson is also widely respected for his compositions and arrangements. The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra premiered his KonzertstŸck in May 1999, and in 2000 and in 2008, the KSO and the Concert Choir performed his Mass for Chorus and Orchestra. In 2014, the Keweenaw Youth Symphony Orchestra premiered Explorations for Orchestra, which he composed for the KYSO.


Dr. Olsson holds degrees in Music Theory and Composition from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in the Literature and Performance of Choral Music. His compositions are published by Fred Bock Music Company, Tarzana, California.

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