Thank you for visiting our website. We are glad you are considering attending the International Choral Festival. In Missoula, we offer a warm welcome to choirs from every part of the world.The Choral Festival is a non-competitive festival held every three years. We bring together choirs reflecting the rich, varied choral traditions of the world. We limit ourselves to choirs of exceptional musical quality.
Money: We do not charge choirs fees to apply to or participate in the International Choral Festival. We do not pay choirs for their singing at the Choral Festival. We do not award prizes to choirs.
Visas: We urge international choirs to submit their visa applications promptly. In the past, a few choirs have been unable to attend the Choral Festival because they submitted visa applications too late. Detailed information and deadlines, will be provided to invited choirs.
Travel: All choirs are responsible for arranging and paying for travel to and from Missoula, Montana, United States.
Lodging & Food: In Missoula, we offer international choirs from outside the United States and Canada free housing in private homes, free meals, and free local transportation. Choirs from the United States and Canada are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing, meals, and transportation. The Choral Festival will provide any interested choir with information about housing and dining opportunities in the Missoula area. During Festival Week, the Choral Festival offers all choirs several free group meals and social functions.
Festival Participation: Selected choirs are required to take part in the entire Festival program. Festival choirs waive all fees and rights to audio and video recordings made or authorized by the International Choral Festival during the course of the Festival and agree to the release waiver on the application form.
Application Process: Applications are now being accepted for choirs outside of the United States. Choirs within the United States may submit their applications beginning on September 1, 2018. To apply for the International Choral Festival, fill out the form below and provide us with the materials requested. After the Artistic Committee has carefully considered a choir’s application and how it could contribute to the Festival as a whole, our Artistic Director will notify the choir if it has been invited to participate in the International Choral Festival. Because we can accommodate only a limited number of choirs, we recommend that you submit your application at the earliest appropriate date.
Please complete the application below. You will need to include the following materials with your application:
- A short biography of the choir, not to exceed a 200-word count, including the choir’s history and other items of interest (for example: recordings made, awards received, or festival participation).
- A biography of the choir’s conductor, not to exceed a 150-word count.
- A current color photo of the choir, used for publicity purposes if the choir is invited. Photo specifications: .tif preferred .jpg acceptable, high resolution (minimum 300 pixels/square inch at 4″ x 5″ or 120 pixels/square centimeters at 10.16cm x 12.7cm).
- Please provide three or four quality video recordings on YouTube of your choir in contrasting styles to show the kind of music you plan to present at the Choral Festival. These video recordings should be dated within the last three years and with the current conductor. A minimum of three recordings is required.
Watch as the International Choral Festival takes over the community of Missoula. There are no better ambassadors than musicians sharing their love of music and the culture of their countries.