Milton Wabyona is a professional composer, performer, and educator of music and Ugandan ethnic dance. He is currently a Ph.D. (Music Education) candidate at Texas Tech University, USA. He also holds an MM Composition from the University of Kansas, USA, a BM degree, and a Diploma in MDD from Makerere University, Uganda, where he serves as an Assistant Lecturer of music and ethnic dance. Milton is a Commissioner on the Leadership Board of ISME Special Music Education and Music Therapy Commission for the 2020-2026 term. He is also the Vice President for Eastern Africa on the Pan African Society of Musical Arts Education (PASMAE) Executive Committee for the 2019-2021 term.
Wabyona has written and produced works with a unique artistic blend of Western and African music idioms derived from folk themes. His biggest work is a 3-movement symphony for wind ensemble “Omusango gw’Abalere" – The Flute Player’s Affair. He won the East African competition for composition of the theme song for the regional JAMAFEST - 2017 Arts and Culture Festival. Milton has over 25years of professional experience, serving concurrently as a teacher, performer, and Arts director and has performed extensively around the world. Wabyona's research and practice interests span a range of fields, including, music for social justice, community arts programs, historical research in music education, African music, and dance performance. He founded Uganda Heritage Roots in 2003, an organization that uses Ugandan folk arts for rehabilitation and education of street children, through which he has impacted hundreds of young vulnerable youth in Uganda. He has won a range of grants from development agencies including NORAD and the International Fellowships Program of the Ford Foundation International.