Dr. Julia Slovarp is the Cello Professor at Montana State University. An active musician, she frequently presents chamber programs and performs with the Intermountain Opera Company, Montana Ballet Company, Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, and Big Sky Classical Music Festival Orchestra. She has performed concert tours in Spain, Morocco, Ireland, the United States, and most recently, a piano trio tour of China with violinist Angella Ahn, pianist Julie Gosswiller, and conductor Dr. Tobin Stewart. In 2016, a Faculty Excellence Grant took her to France to research original Baroque manuscripts. Slovarp has been featured on the Emmy Award winning series 11th and Grant with Eric Funk, and has performed with contemporary groups ranging from Cirque du Soleil to Willie Nelson. She is the Artistic Director of Noon Notes at the Library, co-director of the MSU String Festival, and faculty for the MSU Summer Music Conservatory. She has served as faculty for the Longhorn and Red Lodge Music Camps, and performed with orchestras in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, and Montana. She is an active member of ASTA, NAfME, and the Suzuki Association. Dr. Slovarp earned Bachelor and Masters degrees from Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, and has completed Suzuki and Mark O’Conner Teacher Training. She has studied with cellists including Emilio Colón, Joshua Gindele, Janos Starker, Bion Tsang, and Tsuyosi Tsutsumi.