The CWSO has 70 professional and semi-professional players from Wisconsin, rehearsing 2-1/2 hours per week during the concert season. Their orchestral experiences include the Milwaukee Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and United States Military Academy (West Point) Band, among others. Our players are members of the faculty of the UW-Stevens Point Music Department, UWSP alumni and current students, music teachers from elementary, junior high and high schools in the area, retirees, and employees from the private sector.
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Dr. Patrick Miles has been Music Director for the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra since 2002. He has also been Director of Orchestral Activities and Professor of Horn at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point since 1989. He has conducted over twenty professional and collegiate orchestras, some of which include the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Marquette Symphony Orchestra (MI), Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra (IA), Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Corvallis Symphony Orchestra (OR) and the Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra (IA). In addition, Patrick spent ten years as Music Director and Conductor for both the Green Bay Civic Symphony and the Wausau Symphony. Patrick's principal conducting teacher was James Dixon. He has also studied conducting in Rome and attended master classes with Nicholas McGegan, Carl Topilow, Louis Lane, Riccardo Chailly, Christopher Hogwood, and Sir Colin Davis. While living in London in 1996 he was a Guest Lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music. As a hornist Patrick has performed with orchestras throughout the United States and in London and Rome and has played under the baton of over one hundred conductors. Prior to coming to UWSP Patrick taught at Iowa State University, Oregon State University and Grinnell College. Dr. Miles received his Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Arizona University and his graduate degrees from the University of Iowa where he studied with Paul Anderson. In addition to having several articles published, he is a co-author of Teaching Brass: A Resource Manual, a textbook published by McGraw-Hill. Patrick is a dedicated teacher and has been recognized as a Student Mentor of the Year by UWSP. He has presented at several regional conferences in the US including those of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association, Minnesota Music Educators Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association and the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago, IL. He has served as a clinician for students from over 200 high schools around the country. His hobbies include cooking, gardening, reading and long distance cycling. He has also completed thirty triathlons. Patrick lives on Lake Emily in Central Wisconsin with his lovely wife and their two cats.