Montana Choral Festival Bad Hofgastein: 10 - 13 Oct 2019

Montana Music Festival Bad Hofgastein
Montana Music Festival Bad Hofgastein

General information

4 days and 3 nights
Austria (Bad Hofgastein)
Ireland (Dublin)


Montana Music Festival Bad Hofgastein 

For Choirs and Orchestras

10 - 13 October 2019




The alpine Spa Bad Hofgastein located in the province of Salzburg invites international music groups and choirs to a weekend of music into the Gastein Valley. A wonderful mountain world with fresh air, crystal clear mountain streams, rustic mountain lodges, a remarkable fauna and flora and not least the friendly towns – all these contribute to the special charm of the Gastein Valley.  On the occasion of the traditional “Bauernherbst”, the period when the harvest festival is celebrated, international choirs and music groups meet with local music groups and present themselves at different venues while tasting regional specialities. The festival is open to choirs and music groups with a secular music program. All kinds of ensembles are welcome to attend such as folk dance groups with live music, orchestras and music groups of various genres (for example jazz bands, brass band music among other). The repertoire is free to choose, all music styles are permitted. Performances in traditional costumes are welcome.


Arrival and festival opening
Attending choirs and music groups arrive in Bad Hofgastein and meet their local Montana:Musica assistant at the hotel.
Early dinner at the hotel.
Official opening ceremony of the festival Montana:Musica 2019 in the Alpenarena in Bad Hofgastein (in case of bad weather: Kursaal). Welcome by local representatives of the town of Bad Hofgastein and by the local wind band. All festival participants jointly perform one selected group song.

Singing at the Schlossalm and “Bauernherbst” meets Montana:Musica
In the morning breakfast at the hotel.
Today you will glide with the new cable car from the ground station in Bad Hofgastein to the Schlossalm which lies 2.066 m above sea level. Individual performances of the participating choirs and music groups high up on the mountain.
In the afternoon: “Bauernherbst” meets Montana:Musica: Enjoy the “Bauernherbst” – this is the period when after a busy summer the herdsmen and dairymaids return with their livestock from their alpine pastures down to the valley. This time is the “fifth season” of the year in the Gastein Valley. The harvest festival is celebrated with specialities from the farmhouse and traditional festivities in the Salzburger Land. It has always been a time of celebration in the Gastein Valley with singing, laughing and dancing at social get togethers. Explore one of the many inns and cafes of Bad Hofgastein. While you can sample some of the mouthwatering regional specialities a local music groups will entertain the guests and international festival-participants. In the region this sort of social get-together is called a "Hoagascht" and in the Gastein Valley you will find the “Masters of Hoagascht” dressed in their traditional lederhosen and dirndl dresses.
Following dinner at the hotel/restaurant.

Excursion and Festival Gala Concert
In the morning breakfast at the hotel.
Following free time for own excursions in the Gastein Valley.
Optional half day excursion by own coach (additional costs):
• Guided tour to the Fortress Hohenwerfen with birds of prey show
(48 km)
• Guided tour to Salzburg (98 km) incl. 2 hours walking tour of the Old Town

Alternatively: guided hiking tour with the hiking guide Christian for a choir or individual participants on the high plateau Sportgastein (easy hike for about 5 hours, requirements: good physical condition and sturdy footwear; additional costs).
During the hiking tour Christian will rehearse a yodel with the group.

In the afternoon individual and joint rehearsal of the participating groups at the Kursaal Bad Hofgastein for the Festival Gala Concert in the evening.
Early dinner at the hotel.
In the evening Festival Concert of the International Montana:Musica Festival at the Kursaal Bad Hofgastein. Each attending music group/choir presents itself with a program of 15 minutes (performances in traditional costumes are welcome). Following the concert the participants are presented with a certificate of participation.
The evening ends with the joint singing of the selected group song.

End of the festival and departure
In the morning breakfast at the hotel.
Check out at the hotel and individual departure or extension of your stay.
Upon request we can gladly organize an individual performance during a morning church service at a local church in the Salzburger Land.

On the arrival/departure day or an extension of stay we recommend a flying visit to the nearby city of Salzburg (98 km). Upon request, we will gladly organize a sightseeing tour of Salzburg for your group.

Price includes

3 nights in a 3* hotel or a 4* hotel in Bad Hofgastein
Accommodation in twin/double rooms with private facilities
Daily buffet breakfast and 3x dinners at your hotel/restaurant (3 course menu without drinks)
Participation in the choir/music festival including all costs and fees (opening ceremony, 2 open-air concerts during the “Hoagascht” and at the Schlossalm mountain, festival gala concert)
Transfer by cable car to/from the Schlossalm
Get-together at the “Hoagascht” with a tasting of regional specialities
Distribution of the festival participation certificates to all choirs/music groups
English speaking Montana:Musica assistant throughout the festival stay
Every 31st participant is free of charge (based on twin/double room)
Choir performance during a church service on Sunday morning (upon request)
Optional half day excursion to Salzburg incl. city sightseeing or to the Fortress Hohenwerfen incl. birds of prey show (upon request for an additional charge)
Optional participation in a guided hiking tour on the high plateau Sportgastein (additional charge)

Depending on your travel arrangements we will be happy to assist you with organizing your choir/music trip and with booking ground transportation (local coach) to/from the airport Salzburg

Price does not include

Booking your flights

Choir Contact experienced travel consultants are able to advise you on the most appropriate flight options and will advise best fares at time of booking.

Once you enquire with CCI you will be given your own dedicated festival planner, and this planner will also assist you with the booking of flights for your group.

We use the most up-to-date modern technology for searching best fares including low cost carriers, allowing us to book you the best flights at the best fares for a fully co-ordinated service. We use both low-cost internet fares and our long-standing relationships with other carries to ensure that we can secure the best travel option for your choir.

We will advise you on luggage allowance and all details relating to your flight booking