Chi-Ju Juliet Lai, clarinet, is an active chamber and orchestral musician, as well as pedagogue. A native of Taiwan and later resided in Hong Kong, she came to America at the age of thirteen to pursue her musical studies. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from Boston University, M.M. from Yale University and B.M. from Rice University. She also attended Interlochen Arts Academy. Her teachers include Thomas Martin, David Shifrin, Deborah Chodacki, Phillip Rehfeldt and David Peck.
Miss Lai currently holds the Second/Assistant Clarinet position in Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. She is an active freelancer and has appeared in performances with many local as well as national and international orchestras, including Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina,Tyrol Symphony Orchestra in Austria, and local orchestras such as Cape Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Glenn Falls Symphony, Gardner Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony and ALEA III. As an avid chamber musician, Miss Lai has performed frequently in a wide spectrum of chamber music concerts, from contemporary works by living composers to works from the golden era of harmoniemusik. She is the founding member of Boston Octet and Anemoi Quintet. Previously, she appeared with the United Woodwind Quintet in a concert tour to Japan where she also taught Masterclasses. She was also a member of Xanthos Ensemble, a contemporary chamber ensemble.
Miss Lai is currently on faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy, University of Rhode Island, College of the Holy Cross and Bridgewater State University.