“Music director Darko Butorac closed out 12 years with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra with a pair of concerts last weekend,” reads an unsigned Wednesday (4/17) article in the Missoula Current (MT). “Leaders of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday announced five finalists who will vie for the music director’s position in lengthy auditions over the next year.” They are Julia Tai, Steven Smith, Paul McShee, Scott Seaton, and Zoe Zeniodi. “The MSO’s Board of Directors will bring each of the five candidates to Missoula for a week during the 2019-2020 concert season. While here, the finalists will lead the orchestra in rehearsals and then concerts featuring a program of music they’ve selected. At season’s end, the board will select the next conductor/music director of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra…. The list of finalists … for the first time includes a pair of women.” Julia Tai is music director of Philharmonia Northwest.  Steven Smith is music director of Virginia’s Richmond Symphony, and is also a composer. Paul McShee is assistant professor and director of orchestral studies at University of Connecticut. Scott Seaton is music director of the North State Symphony in Northern California. Zoe Zeniodi is principal conductor of the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra, comprising Greek and Turkish musicians.

Posted April 19, 2019