Division V Convention
Dates: May 18-19, 2018
The Missoula Chapter and the Rocky Mountainaires Chorus are looking forward to hosting the 2018 Division V Convention and A Cappella Festival on May 18-19. The convention hotel is Ruby’s Inn and Convention Center, 4825 North Reserve Street. For room reservations (&89 and $99), call the hotel directly at 406-721-0990 and tell them you are with the barbershop convention. If you prefer another hotel chain, there are 12 motels within a block of Ruby’s Inn, as well as 10 eateries. If you want to be closer to the contest venue, both the Double Tree and the Downtown Holiday Inn are right across the river from campus.
If you prefer to get those wonderful barbershop chords directly from the singers’ mouths to your ears, as I do, then this is your chance. The Music Recital Hall at the University of Montana was designed, as the name suggests, specifically for recitals of all kinds, so it has wonderful acoustics. From every one of the 400 seats you can hear perfectly the softest sound from the stage.
While there are many things to do around Missoula, a great way to get some exercise, as well as a grand overview of town and the valley, is to hike the switchbacks to the big, white “M” on Mount Sentinel that start at the edge of campus, about 2 blocks from the Recital Hall. Round trip will probably take you an hour to an hour and a half. Unfortunately, mid-May brings the beginning of high water straight out of the mountain snowfields, so floating the Clark Fork through town is probably something you’ll have to save for a return trip later in the summer.
University of Montana Music Recital Hall
Address: 32 Campus DR, Missoula, MT 59812
Ruby’s Inn - 4825 N Reserve ST, Missoula MT 59808
Hotel rates run $89 & $99 (depending on room size/configuration). Call the reservations team at: 406-721-0990 and ask for the “Barbershop” rate
Please visit the online registration page to sign up.
Early bird rate is $70 through April 30, registration and payment via Eventbrite.
Regular rate is $80 after April 30, registration and payment via Eventbrite.
Schedule of events:
- Quartet contest & festival Friday evening, at 6:00 PM, followed by evaluations at Ruby’s Inn
- Chorus contest & festival Saturday at 10:00 AM; evaluations after lunch at Recital Hall
- Show of Champions Saturday at 7:30 PM at Recital Hall
Convention Chairman: John Rettenmayer