Renee Gilliland is the Assistant Conductor and Orchestra Manager of the University of Denver Lamont School of Music Symphony and Opera Orchestras. She also directs the the Anschutz Medical Symphony Orchestra in Aurora, Colorado. She is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting under the instruction of Dr. Lawrence Golan. Gilliland formerly served as the String Instructor at Blinn College, in Brenham, Texas and as Director of Orchestras at Morton Ranch High School in Katy, Texas. Her orchestras received superior ratings and sweepstakes awards in competitions in and outside of the state of Texas. She guest-conducts and clinics for All-Region and local orchestras as well as judges at the region, area, and state levels. Gilliland has conducted the New Symphony Orchestra, Martinu Philharmonic, and other ensembles as a participant in conducting workshops in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria as well as Chicago, Connecticut, and New York.
Her educational background includes graduating as a Dean’s Scholar with a Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance and Outside Area in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Certificate of Violin Performance with High Honors from the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.
Gilliland has performed with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., with the Richmond and Columbus Indiana Orchestras, as well as Las Cruces, New Mexico, Brazos Valley, and El Paso, Texas Symphony Orchestras.
Gilliland was selected to perform with the first International YouTube Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and Tan Dun at Carnegie Hall and has performed as a violin soloist with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra as a Young Artist Competition Winner under the direction of Gürer Aykal.