Josephine Clark

A grand Tradition

MusicFest Northwest, formerly The Greater Spokane Music & Allied Arts Festival, was founded in 1945 by Spokane piano teacher Josephine Clark (left) to celebrate the end of World War II and to “promote the arts of peace”. Inspired by the great music festivals of Europe, it served as the premier event of its kind in North America.

Community Impact

MusicFest brings more than 3,000 people to the Gonzaga University campus and other locations throughout Spokane annually. At least half of these guests are non-residential to Spokane, generating more than $500,000 to support the local economy. This value is a significant portion of the approximately $34 million generated by all art organizations of Spokane County.

Josephine Clark
MusicFest Dance

By the Numbers

  • In 2019, more than 1,100 students participated in separate performances representing 300 public and private teachers.

  • More than 100 volunteers provide staffing and leadership every year.

  • An increase of 35% participation in the last nine years.

  • Participants have been recruited to premier conservatories and universities around the world and received numerous prestigious awards.

Our Alumni

The Festival has been honored to have several internationally, nationally, and locally acclaimed alumni, including Thomas Hampson, Frank Hernandez, Kelly Farris, Stephen Drury, Greg Presley, Archie Chen, Jody Graves, Jason Moody, Karen Beardsley, and many others.

Josephine Clark
Josephine Clark

MusicFest Today

MusicFest Northwest is located in Spokane, WA, on the campus of Gonzaga University. Festival week traditionally takes place the second week of May. During the festival there are free concerts in addition to high-quality adjudication. The festival offers unique experiences in both performance and education, providing premier access to renowned artists and teachers throughout the United States. The festival engages in both competition and collaborative opportunities that encourage and create space for individual exploration, artistry, and community.

MusicFest Team

Our team is responsible for day-to-day operations and play a vital role in supporting MusicFest Northwest’s mission. Take a moment to meet our staff, Board of Trustees, and Division Chairs.

Dr. Nicole Sonbert
Dr. Nicole Sonbert


Logan Pintor
Logan Pintor

Administrative Assistant

Give Today and Get Involved!

Your donation helps support MusicFest Northwest and the Festival each year. Help foster and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts.