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

Our Vision

The 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 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.

Staff and Board of Directors

Executive Director
Jennifer Cooper

Artistic Director
David Heidel


Tom Trigg, President
University of Montana

Ali Spoon, Secretary
Gecko Designs

Janet Palmer, Vice President
Customer Service Representative, J. R. Associates

Dann Swallow, Treasurer
Youth Homes


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

Lance Collister

Lance Collister

Julio Morales

Heidi Kendall
Health Department

Germaine Conrad
Retired Teacher/Broadcaster

Additional Board Members:
Laval Means
Erika Sylvester
Rachael Marowski
Karen Callan
Coreen Duffy

If you’re interested in joining the board click here