Appalachian Children's Chorus heading to Hawaii to perform
CHARLESTON — The Appalachian Children’s Chorus (ACC) travels to Honolulu, Hawaii, today (Sunday, July 14) on an invitation to participate in the Aloha Children’s Choir Festival. The 35 person group of children and their entourage left bright and early at 5:35 am from Charleston’s Yeager Airport to begin their 16 hour journey.
The 18 children traveling to Hawaii, fifth through 12th graders, are in ACC’s top touring choir, Concert Choir. For some of them, it is the first time they have traveled on a plane let alone beyond the tri-state area. Even more exciting is the fact several of them will be visiting a beach for the first time in their lives. Legendary Henry Leck, founding and artistic director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir will lead rehearsals and serves as Festival Conductor. Not only will they join voices with other visiting choirs from the US and Canada; but, they will also sing with children’s choirs from Hawaii and China. Founding and Artistic director, Selina Midkiff said, “My wonderful children are extremely excited about this trip. I am so proud of their hard work in preparation for the trip.”
The children plan to tour Honolulu, visit Pearl Harbor, enjoy an afternoon at the Polynesian Cultural Center, experience Polynesian cuisine on the world’s largest catamaran and enjoy the wonderful Waikiki Beach. For the final concert, they will perform in the famous Waikiki Shell noted for its amazing acoustics in an outdoor setting.
A few of the children in Concert Choir have been with ACC since Kindergarten. One in particular has graduated high school and is off to college in the fall on a full scholarship. They have all been cautioned to be there by 3:30 a.m. to check in as the group occupies 35 of the 55 seats on the plane.
ACC is the “Official Children’s Chorus” and “Ambassadors of Music” for West Virginia. There are almost 200 children that comprise the seven ACC choirs. The organization’s mission is to develop artistic excellence, a quality music education and extraordinary opportunities for all of West Virginia’s youth. This program is so much more than notes on a page. The music opens the door for a child to have a bright future.