CCM Professor Terence Milligan will take the Corbett Auditorium podium for a special farewell concert on April 5. Photography by Lisa Ventre.

CCM Professor Terence Milligan will take the Corbett Auditorium podium for a special farewell concert on April 5. Photography by Lisa Ventre.

CCM celebrates the retirement of Professor Terence Milligan with a series of special events beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. The CCM Wind Ensemble, the UC Bearcat Band, alumni members of Phi Alpha Sinfonia and other special guests will take part in the celebrations, which are free and open to the general public.

The pre-concert festivities begin at 7 p.m. with a pre-concert performance by the UC Bearcat Band in the CCM plaza. Milligan directed the Bearcat band from 1979-1992 and remains close friends with many of the band’s alumni.

A meet and greet in CCM’s Baur room will follow the Bearcat Band performance, culminating in the brass and percussion ensembles performing a special fanfare in the Corbett Center Atrium.

The concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium, featuring the Wind Ensemble, which will perform six different pieces, each holding a special meaning for Professor Milligan.

He explains, “The first piece of the concert, Festive Overture, by Dmitri Shostakovich, is the first work I conducted at CCM. Two of the works, Pacem by Robert Spittal and High Adventure (dedicated to the Bearcat Band) by Randol Bass, were composed by former students.

“The final piece, The Sinfonians Symphonic March, by Clifton Williams, is not only for the men in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, for which I serve as chapter faculty advisor, but for all students I have had the privilege to work with,” says Milligan. The concert will be followed by a special presentation on CCM plaza.

Professor Milligan is known for his profound dedication to student development both in the classroom and through UC sponsored organizations. Milligan has served as faculty advisor to the local chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and held a previous advisory role with the Honorary Band Fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi. “So many important life lessons are learned outside of the classroom through membership in organizations such as these,” he explains. “These organizations help our students grow into strong, responsible citizens who will shoulder their share of the work, wherever they might be. I believe I can help focus their energy and enthusiasm into worthwhile and beneficial activities.”

CCM Professor of Music Terence Milligan.

CCM Professor of Music Terence Milligan.

Tens of thousands of University of Cincinnati graduates will also recognize Milligan from his longstanding involvement in UC’s Commencement ceremony, as he has conducted the University Commencement Band annually since June of 1980. Through each ceremony, his service has been all voluntary.

Milligan’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. He was awarded CCM’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 1996 and 2006, the Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the Honors Scholars Program in 2003 and UC’s George Barbour Award for Good Faculty-Student Relations in 2009.

Milligan fans and friends alike will be happy to learn that he plans to stay in Cincinnati post-retirement. “I have always wanted to retire in a mid-sized city with an outstanding professional orchestra, a fine school of music, excellent museums, a professional baseball team, great restaurants, loyal friends and good airline connections. In other words, I plan to keep Cincinnati as home base,” he says. “I’m not retiring so much as I am changing directions.”

Professionally, Milligan plans to teach one or two courses in the fall. “Music and Architecture: Correlation and Comparison,” is a unique honors course available only at UC, developed by Milligan himself. Continuing his service to students, Milligan also intends on using his talents to help raise funds for UC undergraduate scholarships.

Personally, Milligan plans to continue making music. “Presently, Professor Michelle Conda, faculty member at CCM, and I get together once a week to play clarinet/piano sonatas and other works. We will continue to practice and perform together,” he says.

Milligan also hopes to join the Fillmore Wind Band. Formed in 2010, The Fillmore Wind Band has quickly become one of the region’s premier volunteer concert bands, consisting of professional and semi-professional musicians from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. The group performs four concerts annually with a primary focus on educational and community outreach. Milligan plans to travel to Austin, Texas, and Paris, France, and spend quality time with his five grandchildren.

About Terence Milligan
Terence Milligan, Professor of Music and Associate Director of Wind Studies, serves as the conductor of the CCM Wind Ensemble and the director of the graduate cognate program in wind conducting. Formerly, he was the director of the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands. In addition, he is integrally involved with the music education programs at CCM. Professor Milligan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin as well as Master and Baccalaureate degrees from West Texas State University. He has undertaken additional research at the John Herrick Jackson Music Library at Yale University on the music of Charles Ives and has published several articles on Ives and his chamber music. More recently, he spent five months on sabbatical leave in Montreal and in Paris where he conducted research on current Canadian and French wind band music.

In continuous demand as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and Canada, Milligan also has appeared at numerous state conferences of the Texas, Ohio and Kentucky Music Educators Associations; national conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, the American Society of University Composers, the Music Teachers National Association and the American Choral Directors Association; international conferences of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles; as well as in Taipei and Taichung Taiwan, the Republic of China, as a visiting professor at Tunghai University and on the National Public Radio program “Windworks,” which was aired throughout North America.

Milligan has been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Outstanding Young Men of America, Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education and most recently the 59th edition of Who’s Who in America. In June 1996 and again in 2006, CCM presented him with the Ernest Glover Outstanding Teacher Award. In May 2003, Milligan was named the Outstanding Teacher for the University of Cincinnati Honors Scholars Program. In May 2009, the university presented him with the George Barbour Award for Promoting Good Faculty-Student Relations.

Performance Time
8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 5

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission is free and open to the general public. Reservations are not required.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave        


  1. As a member of the Sinfonian’s, I count it an honor to have been able to salute my brother Terence.

    V. K. Smith, PMA-AT ’82

    BTW: I’m curious — are there any video or audio links available?

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