Julia Tai, the music director of Philharmonia Northwest and co-artistic director of the Seattle Modern Orchestra has been named Music Director oif the Missoula Symphony and Chorale.

Tai, 40, grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. She began studying violin when she was 4, and took up piano and singing opera as well. She earned a master’s degree in music from the University of Southern California, and then shifted focus to orchestral conducting for her doctorate at the University of Washington.

Tai is the successor of Darko Butorac.

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