Choral Trips

Montana:Musica Festival Bad Hofgastein 2018, Austria

International Festival for music groups and choirs in Gastein
"Echoes of Gastein"
from 11 to 14 October 2018


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supportet by: Tourismusm Association Bad Hofgastein

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 explicitly welcome.
The festival highlights include the participation in a “Hoagascht”, a relaxed musical get-together as well as the Gala Concert in the Kursaal Bad Hofgastein. Interested choirs or individual participants are invited to take part in a hiking tour in the Gastein Valley and to rehearse a yodel.

Our program for your choir tour / music tour

Thursday 11 October 2018
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 2018 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.

Friday 12 October 2018
“Bauernherbst” meets Montana:Musica

In the morning breakfast at the hotel.
During the whole day: 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. Local music groups meet the participants of the Festival Montana:Musica. While tasting some of the mouthwatering regional specialities, they dance and sing together. This kind of get-together is known as “Hoagascht” and in the Gastein Valley you will find the “Masters of Hoagascht” dressed in their traditional lederhosen and dirndl dresses.
During the “Hoagascht” open-air performances of the festival participants as well as open-air performances on public squares in Bad Hofgastein with an “a cappella” program of 30-40 minutes each. Tasting of regional specialities.

Saturday, 13 October 2018
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 explicitly 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.


Sunday 14 October 2018
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.

Our services for your choir/music trip

  • 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 2x dinners at your hotel (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 on a public square, festival gala concert)
  • 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