Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

March 21, 2022


ATHENS, W.Va. –  The Appalachian Children’s Chorus Concert Choir will perform at Concord University on Tuesday April 26, 2022 for the Carl S. Azzara Music Colloquium. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the Wilkes Family Chapel in University Point. There is no admission charge and the general public is invited to join the Concord campus community in attending.

The choir, performing under the direction of Selina Midkiff and Christopher Brown, includes 21 choristers from the Charleston, W.Va. area. The Appalachian Children’s Chorus (ACC) was established in 1990 as the University of Charleston Children’s Chorus with Midkiff, as the founding director. The inaugural group included a dozen children who set the stage for the ACC’s legacy of “solid music education, disciplined environment and community involvement.”  In 1996 the name of the chorus was changed to the Appalachian Children’s Chorus to represent its ties to the region.

Today, the ACC boasts numerous honors and has compiled an impressive list of performances that includes international appearances in England, Ireland, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic and St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. Appearances in the United States have taken the chorus to Hawaii, The Greenbrier Hotel, Disney World’s EPCOT Center, the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The ACC was named the official Children’s Chorus of West Virginia in 2003 by the Governor and Secretary of State. In 2006 the group was named The Ambassadors of Music for West Virginia for representing the state, its friendly inhabitants and West Virginia’s lifestyle to the nation and the world.

The Carl S. Azzara Music Colloquium Endowment is dedicated to the memory of Carl Azzara, a 1954 graduate of Concord, for his lifelong passion and dedication to being a pianist, musician and teacher. Dr. Christopher Azzara and his brother, Dr. Daniel Azzara, along with other family members and friends, established the fund in honor of their father, Carl Azzara, and to acknowledge his devotion to Concord and the role it played in his life.

The intention of the fund is to provide educational opportunities in music for Concord students, faculty, staff and the community through professional presentations. Dr. Christopher Azzara, who is a pianist, arranger, author and educator, offered the first program for the Colloquium in 2018 in the Wilkes Family Chapel. His presentation was entitled “Improvisation: Music Literacy that Goes Beyond the Page.”

For additional information about the upcoming performance by the Appalachian Children’s Chorus, please contact Dr. Jacob Womack at or 304-384-5306.

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Azzara Music Colloquium featuring the Appalachian Children's Chorus Tuesday April 26 2022 at the Wilkes Family Chapel in University Point