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News from Valerie Lindstrom, MVCS

MISSION VALLEY — Cathy Gillhouse, music teacher and choir director in the Mission Valley for 41 years, has accepted the position as the Mission Valley Choral Society’s director replacing Christian Bumgarner who has moved to Idaho. She taught music for the Charlo School District, grades K-12-, four- and one-half years before becoming the choir teacher for Ronan School District, grades 6-12.

Cathy retired 12 years ago but her list of current volunteer work indicates a busy life. She continues as an accompanist for school choirs and Port Polson Players Children Theater; she substitute teaches for music classes; and she has played harp for the University of Montana Music Department for nine years. Cathy founded and directs the Mission Valley Children’s Choir and directs the Ronan Adult Education Women’s Choir. Cathy’s resume is full of involvement in local and regional musical events. Beyond music she keeps herself fit biking, hiking, running, swimming, and working out. She has received awards for her dedication to music education and in choral competitions. 

Cathy’s family includes husband of 52 years, James; three grown children and five grandchildren. 

Mission Valley Choral Society is beginning to plan for its future with Cathy at the helm. The choir will perform for the Lake County Centennial Celebration, at noon, Saturday, Aug. 19, at the courthouse. In September MVCS begins practices for its December concerts and in February for its spring concerts. Information about MVCS can be found at: or on their Facebook page. MVCS news can be found in local media regarding practices and events. If interested in singing with MVCS please text 406-261-3304 or 406-370-2076 for information.

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