As the Copper Country Suzuki Association gears up to commemorate 50 years of music-making, we are saddened to have recently lost one of our most ardent supporters, Dr. Milton Olsson. From nearly the start of our organization, Milt has been there as champion in almost every capacity.
As Director of Choral and Orchestral Activities at Michigan Technological University from 1976 until his retirement in 2009, Milt facilitated the concertmaster position in the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, filling the seat with a long line of CCSA directors, instructors and graduates. This symbiosis with MTU has been a lifeline to the CCSA bringing countless opportunities to our community.
Early on, Milt and his wife Trudy became members of CCSA as Suzuki parents (a special breed) and eventually Suzuki grandparents. Milt and Trudy have been enthusiastic attendees to our concerts ever since, enduring countless Twinkles.
After retirement from MTU, Milt directed CCSA’s Keweenaw Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Milt attracted many youth in the area, some without classical musical backgrounds, to take part in his fun yet challenging programs. He had string players playing Sousa in the historic Calumet Theatre and creatively coined a “Bach to Bowie” concert, drums and electric bass included.
Milt currently served as board member to the CCSA, helping to recruit staff, raise funds and even give tours to new hires.
Milt perpetually brought people together, to collaborate and make music. The CCSA is left inspired and grateful for Milt’s life and his contribution to the arts in our community.
We invite you to please help celebrate Milt’s life with a contribution to the Milton Olsson Endowed Scholarship at the Michigan Tech Fund.