About The Choral Festival

Missoula’s International Choral Festival has become known throughout the world for its artistic excellence and hospitality. Having evolved from its grassroots beginnings into a prestigious international event, Missoula’s International Choral Festival remains a flagship for choral festivals worldwide.

Our Mission

The Montana International Choral Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting artistic excellence, global understanding, friendship, and goodwill through choral music.

Our Vision

The Montana International Choral Festival is a non-competitive event produced by volunteers in a beautiful mountain setting that connects musicians from diverse cultural traditions with regional audiences and local community hosts.

Our Values

The Board of the Montana International Choral Festival commonly holds and endeavors to put into practice artistic quality, audience accessibility, political & cultural diversity, volunteerism, community involvement, and person-to-person experience.

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The International Choral Festival was founded in 1987 by Donald Carey, a Missoula choral conductor and music professor,. Carey had been inspired by a similar Festival in Nancy, France four years earlier. The first Festival was a huge success. It is now held every third year in Missoula. Over the decades, choirs have come to Missoula from every continent except Antarctica. In 2019, choirs from 11 countries accepted invitations to sing at the 11th International Choral Festival, July 17-20, 2019. Click here to learn more about the Festival’s history. Our next festival is set for July 17-20, 2025.

Staff and Board of Directors

Executive Director
Kia Liszak

Artistic Director
David Heidel


Deb Stapley-Graham
Park Side Credit Union
Senior Mortgage Loan Officer

Sharon Smith,

Stephen Kalm
Vice President

Lisa Buseman, Treasurer
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Rachael Morawski, Coreen Duffy, John Rider, Lisa Buseman, Karen Callan, David, Antony Jo, Don Giselbeck, Erika Sylvester, Saxon Holbrook, Sheri Hand,  Ali Spoon

If you’re interested in joining the board click here