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The International Choral Festival began as a dream in 1987, and thanks to hundreds of volunteers and scores of generous contributors, that vision became a reality. The Festival presents concerts by international choirs, conductors’ symposiums, a “choir crawl” and a massed-choir finale that features all choirs in attendance (600+ voices!). Since 1987, we have had a total of 143 choirs from all around the world attend our Festivals. We, as a community have learned about their cultures through conversations around the dinner table. We have watched their reactions to our culture here in Montana, and we’ve experienced their artistry and beauty in breath-taking performances. Truly, there are no better ambassadors than musicians sharing their love of music and the culture of their countries. We are now hard at work on the 10th Festival which is scheduled for July 17-19, 2019.
The International Choral Festival is produced in a beautiful mountain setting in Missoula, Montana. The events take over the town, with performances occurring in auditoriums, public parks, churches, schools, shopping malls and outside on main street. During Choral Festival week we produce over 20 public concerts as well as provide meals, social events and local transportation for our choirs. Our Festival typically attracts audience members not only from Western Montana, but from across the United States and throughout Canada.
Join us in this remarkable community tradition that has made it possible for thousands of people to participate in an event that, for brief moments, makes world peace seem attainable, and brings the world a little closer through music. For more information about the International Choral Festival, please visit www.choralfestival.org.
For specific information and a schedule for the Festival, please visit the following links to the International Choral Festival website.
For information planning and booking your trip, please use Destination Missoula as your source for valuable information. Please contact us if you have any questions about your trip at 1.800.526.3465.
Why I Love Missoula
"Firstly, congratulations on a superb festival. We all enjoyed the Missoula experience very much – the concerts, the hosts, the other choirs, the party, the cafes and the wonderful hospitality. We were blown away by the level of community support you were able to attract and the size of the audiences. I very much hope to be able to return to Missoula again!"
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