Julia Tai is the new Music Director for the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, as announced by
Jim Valeo, Board President of the Missoula Symphony Association. “As many in our community know,
Tai’s hiring is the culmination of a search process begun over 2 ½ years ago which was lengthened by the
Coronavirus pandemic,” stated Valeo. “In fact, Ms. Tai was on stage at the Dennison Theatre a little over
a year ago when she auditioned in front of our musicians and patrons.”
Born in Taiwan, Julia Tai came to the US as a young woman and has training and performance
experience in conducting, vocal, choral, and violin performance. For the past several years, she has
been active as the Music Director of two ensembles in the Seattle area as well as serving as a guest
conductor nationally and internationally.
Valeo said Tai is the ideal candidate for the Missoula Symphony Association’s Music Director position
due to her broad experience in all aspects of the job beyond conducting an orchestra. “She was very
well received by the Missoula community during her two-week audition residency last fall and we are
pleased to have her with us in the important role. We are truly excited to welcome her to our
organization and to Missoula,” said Valeo.
Tai’s start date with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is November 1st , 2020 and she will
be in Missoula as need and the constraints of the virus permit. Tai’s first concert with the orchestra is
currently scheduled to be performed in early 2021.