Greg Milliren

Greg Milliren
  • member since 2009
  • Hometown Delafield, WI
  • Education University of Minnesota; University of Southern California
  • Fun Fact Greg and his husband Dan host a holiday party and sing-along every December for family and friends.

Associate Principal Flute
Henrietta Rauenhorst Chair

Milwaukee native Greg Milliren, the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate principal flutist since 2009, has performed with many orchestras and music festivals. He has been honored to serve as a guest principal for concerts with the Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Seattle Symphony, and has been a guest with the major orchestras of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, National, Detroit, Colorado and Jacksonville. He has also performed with the Russian National Orchestra during their tour to Minnesota, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA and New World Symphony. As a chamber musician, he helped develop several contemporary chamber music series in non-traditional venues as a past member of the Los Angeles-based Definiens Project.

Locally Milliren has appeared on the Orchestra’s chamber music series, performing Takemitsu’s And then I knew ’twas Wind, and has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. He was featured as soloist with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in 2012, playing the Christopher Rouse Flute Concerto, and he has served as principal flute with the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota. A committed educator, he is in demand locally and nationally as a teacher and audition coach.

Milliren began studying piano as a six-year-old and picked up the flute at age 10. He was a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony when he became aware of how much he loved symphonic music and determined to become a professional musician. 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. Among his most influential teachers have been Julia Bogorad-Kogan, principal flute of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Jim Walker; Adam Kuenzel, principal flute of the Minnesota Orchestra; and Immanuel Davis, Heather Clark and Sarah Jackson.

Milliren and his husband Dan Mollick, an Edina middle-school orchestra teacher, live in St. Louis Park with their rescue pit bull, Sadie.