Zeljko Milicevic received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Violin Performance from Wayne State University and his Master of Music in Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2007, he 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 and has taught music to students at all grade levels, most recently with later secondary orchestral ensembles. He is currently employed through the Oxford Community Schools as Director of High School Orchestras and District String Coordinator, grades K-12. In addition to his public school responsibilities, he is Adjunct Professor of String Pedagogy at Oakland University in Rochester, MI.
A member of the Flint Symphony Orchestra since 1987 he was appointed to the position of Associate Concertmaster in 2011. 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 including 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 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 and a piano trio. His most recent recording projects include a musical portrayal based on the book Einstein's Dreams with the Bijou Orchestra, and the piano trios of Mendelssohn and Haydn recorded with the Ivybrooke Strings.
Presently, Milicevic is Senior Director with the Oakland Youth Orchestras and has been the Conductor for the Symphony Orchestra since 1994. In 2003, Milicevic was named Music Director and Conductor of the Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as guest conductor with the Bijou Theatre Orchestra and the Detroit Medical Orchestra.