The International Choral Festival of Missoula is deeply grateful to the hundreds of Missoula residents who graciously open their homes and hearts to our 2016 international guests. Consider hosting in 2019!
Hosting allows for a uniquely personal Festival experience, and many lasting friendships have developed between host and guest(s) throughout the years, sometimes lasting a lifetime!
Host families provide all breakfasts, lunches and some dinners; comfortable sleeping arrangements with privacy; and transportation to and from the concert venues and social events.
Host Family Applications Available NOW!
Hosting Frequently Asked Questions
Most choirs will arrive Tuesday, July 16, 2019 (the day before the Festival starts), and depart Monday, July 22 for a total of six nights. However, some may arrive as early as Monday, July 15, while some may depart on Sunday, July 21 (as there are no concerts that day). Hosting requires time, energy and flexibility.
We cannot guarantee all guest preferences, but be assured that we will try!
We house choir members in pairs, although if you are willing to accommodate more than two in your home, please let us know on the application.
The Housing Committee will strive to notify hosts of specific assignments in June 2019 or earlier if possible however, last minute attrition of choirs and other circumstances beyond our control may delay notification until a week or two before the Festival in July.
Host families provide all breakfasts and most lunches and dinners; private, comfortable sleeping accommodations, and transportation to rehearsals, concerts, and to Festival-hosted social events. Additional transportation may be requested of you if your guest wishes to shop, sightsee, etc. Host families often enjoy showing guests around Missoula and the surrounding area during free time, although this is not required of host families.
Hosts will meet their guest(s) at the Missoula International Airport.
The Housing Committee will provide you with information on your guest’s dietary needs and/or restrictions. We do ask hosts to accommodate dietary restrictions, but beyond that, are not expected to cook differently than you normally do, and most hosts are pleasantly surprised to see how much their guests enjoy American-style cuisine.
The Housing Committee will give you a Festival itinerary specific to the needs of your guests when you arrive to pick up your guests at the Airport
As a token of our appreciation, each host family will receive two passes for admission to all concerts and Festival social events.
Two members from each host family are allowed to attend all Festival-sponsored meal events from Wednesday through Sunday at no charge if they display their host badges. Additional members of your party must purchase a ticket, and the costs of each event range from $10-$15 per adult, with discounted pricing for children. Events include (times are subject to change):
— Welcome Dinner on Wednesday, July 17 (5:00pm-7:00pm)
— Finale Party on Saturday, July 20 (9:00pm – midnight)
— Farewell Picnic on Sunday, July 21 (12:30pm – 2:30pm)
All hosts will receive detailed information on these events in your host packets. Extra tickets for these events will be available at the Festival Headquarters at 312 E Pine Street (the Knights of Columbus building) and can be purchased during each event.
Yes, we strongly encourage that host families “pool their resources” and coordinate on social activities to enjoy together during your guest’s free time. To help facilitate this, the Housing Committee will hold an informational, social gathering before the Festival to give hosts the opportunity to meet one another, exchange contact information, and to plan pot-lucks and other activities together.
Please contact the Choral Festival office at 721-7985 as soon as you know of any changes in your plans to host.
We ask that you first attempt to make alternate arrangements for transportation with other host families, friends, or neighbors. If you are unable to make these arrangements, please contact the Choral Festival office as far in advance as possible.
In case of a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. For other medical needs please go to Community Medical Center (2835 Fort Missoula Rd.) or St. Patrick’s Hospital (500 W. Broadway). For minor medical needs please contact Now Care located at Southgate Mall, (406) 721-0918 or at St. Patrick’s Hospital, 6th floor (406) 329-7500.
Should this happen, the home owner’s insurance and auto insurance policies would take precedence. The ICF would not be liable in either of these circumstances. If you are considering becoming a host, please review your home and auto insurance policies regarding these types of coverage.