UM High School All-Star Honor Choir

"This event changed my life and inspired me to continue pursuing my love of music!"
-2016 All-Star choir member

Greetings, Montana Choral Directors,

It is my pleasure to announce our 2019 University of Montana All-Star Honor Choir and invite you to nominate students for this worthy program. It is a privilege for me to continue this important tradition. We’ll have an outstanding clinician for the mixed choir in Dr. Matthew Ferrell of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to conduct the All-Star Women’s Choir. In addition, we have commissioned a new choral work for the mixed choir by Canadian composer Katerina Gimon. We can’t wait to share all of this with your students.

Thank you,
Dr. Coreen Duffy

January 18-20, 2019
Final Concert: Sunday, January 20, 2019
NOMINATION FORM 2016 All-Star Honor Choir

A unique and selective choral experience for students in the Northwest United States and Canada.

“I cannot express my appreciation enough for this event. Not only did my students have a wonderful, positive experience but I, too, found it educational and inspiring."


“This event changed my life as a singer and inspired me to continue pursuing my love of music!”

–past All-Star Mixed Choir member

“Thank you for this amazing opportunity. I am so blessed to have been given a chance to accomplish something I am so very proud and excited about!”

–past All-Star Women’s Choir member


All-Star Mixed

Dr. Matthew Ferrell

Dr. Matthew Ferrell
St. Cloud State University

All-Star Women

Photo of Coreen Duffy

Dr. Coreen Duffy
University of Montana

Commissioned Composer

Katerina Gimon, Composer

Katerina Gimon, Composer

Nominate Students Online

Nominations Accepted November 13 – November 27, 2018

Click here for the NOMINATION FORM

Results Posted November 30, 2018 


Registrations and Forms

We are proud to offer this festival at the most reasonable price possible.  We have not increased our registration fee since beginning this event five years ago. Your $95 registration fee includes:

  • Event registration & participation
  • Use of all scores from UM library during the event (sent in advance of festival)
  • Lunches and dinners (and Sunday brunch) from the UM Food Zoo
  • Singer & Director gift

Please print and fill out the attached forms and bring them with you to your registration.

Download the All-Star Choir Paperwork

** Participants are responsible for their own lodging **

All-Star Repertoire

All-Star Mixed Choir 

Dr. Matthew Ferrell, Conductor

Webaba arr. Matthew Ferrell
Bright Morning Stars
arr. Shawn Kirchner
In Remembrance Jeffery L. Ames
Ride On, King Jesus
arr. Moses Hogan
To the Peak of the Moutain Katerina Gimon


All-Star Women's choir

Dr. Coreen Duffy, Conductor

Cantate Dominum Heinrich Schütz
La Paloma arr. Cristian Grases
One Voice Ruth Moody
Cloths of Heaven Eleanor Daley
Voice on the Wind Sarah Quartel

Payment Information

Payment Due Date

- December 11, 2018

 If you would like an invoice, send an email request to Jessica Partain.

Payment Methods

Credit Card
The University of Montana accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover
Call 406-243-6081 with card information or make your payment online.
- Make checks payable to UM School of Music
- Memo line - All-Star Honor Choir
Mail to: 
College of Visual and Performing Arts
c/o Jessica Partain
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812-8208

Lodging and Meals:

There are plenty of hotels within walking distance from the UM campus. While arrangements are made by the participants and/or their directors, we typically suggest checking with the following two hotels first, for their affordability, accessibility and reliability:

Photo of the University Camfort Inn

University Comfort Inn

1021 E Broadway 
Missoula, MT 59802 
(406) 549-7600 
Breakfast is included in this price. 
All rooms include a microwave and a small refrigerator.

Photo of the Campus Inn

Campus Inn Missoula

744 E. Broadway St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Breakfast is included in this price.

Other hotels may be available and can be booked at each school’s discretion. 

Directors, Parents, and Chaperones

If you are interested in sharing a room with another director, parent or chaperone and need help arranging for a roommate, please feel free to email

Any director, parent or chaperone may purchase individual meals at the UM Food Zoo for the regular cash price (Breakfast $10.25, Lunch $11.25, Dinner $12.25).

Event Schedule

Friday, January 18-Sunday, January 20:

On-Site registration begins 1:00pm Friday, Jan 18.

Final Concert begins 12:30pm Sunday, Jan 20 (anticipated conclusion at 2:30pm)

A detailed event schedule will be included in participant communications

University of Montana Scholarship Auditions

Are you considering attending the UM School of Music?  Scholarship Auditions will be available during the All-Star Honor Choir weekend:
  • UM School of Music scholarship auditions are available to seniors during the event.
  • Music scholarships cover from 10%-80% of tuition, can be bundled with most academic/leadership scholarships, and can be awarded to both in-state and out-of-state students.
  • Auditions are ten minutes in length.
  • Scholarship audition requirements are listed on the School of Music website at under “admissions”.
  • Call Teresa Gray at 406-243-6880 for scheduling.

What to Bring

  • Your All-Star Music (if your director elected to receive hard copies in the mail)
  • A pencil (or three)
  • Your home choir concert attire
  • A black choir folder or black 3-ring binder


In order to get the music into the student's hands in a timely fashion, it is strongly encouraged that student or parent emails be included in the confirmation pages once the singers receive their acceptance notices. We will email (or mail, if requested) all music and instructions for part divisi once payment is received (Deadline: December 11).