Founded in 1945, the Missoula Mendelssohn Club is one of Montana's oldest music institutions. This season marks the Club's 70th season. The Club is a male choir whose members are broadly representative of the Missoula community, and have included active and retired teachers, professors, ranchers, lawyers, doctors, ministers, policemen, firemen, businessmen, and students. We are united by a love of singing. The Club's repertoire includes classical, folk, and popular music.
The Club has sung in cities and towns throughout western Montana and made three tours of Europe. In 1987, the Club organized and hosted the first major international chorale festival held in the USA, the Missoula International Chorale Festival. The Festival, which now has an independent board of directors, has brought singers to Missoula from over 40 countries and several US states. The festival celebrated its ninth anniversary in 2013.
Missoula Mendelssohn Club Conductors
2011 - Present: Dean Peterson
1973-2011: Don Carey
1962-1973: Joseph Mussulman
1950-1962: Lloyd Oakland
1948-1950: Steve Niblack
1945-1948: Norman Gulbrandsen
The Club is a 501(c)(3) organization with an elected president, treasurer and directors. Current officers are: Chris Tweeten, President; Hans Zuuring, Treasurer; and Directors David Clark, Archie McMillan, Don Millhouse, Bill Miller, David Rice and Saxon Holbrook. Dean Peterson is the Club conductor and Diana Pacini-Bauer is the accompanist.