Founding & Artistic Director- Concert Choir Director
Selina's contact information:
For information on the following, please contact Selina Midkiff:
Enrolling in a choir
Booking the choir for performances
Participating in the Appalachian Festival of Young Voices
Becoming a board member
Sponsoring an event or a child in the choir
Selina Midkiff is the founding and artistic director of the Appalachian Children’s Chorus (ACC). She also directs ACC’s premier, touring choir, Concert Choir and founded the Appalachian Festival of Young Voices, a national children’s choir festival hosted by ACC. With bachelors and masters degrees from West Virginia University, she taught in Kanawha County Schools for forty years.
She served as adjunct professor both at the University of Charleston and WV Tech. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, WV Music Educators Association and Chorus America. An experienced singer who has performed leading roles in opera, oratorio, and musical theater, she has also concertized throughout West Virginia. Mrs. Midkiff studied children’s choral technique and conducted with such renowned artists as Henry Leck, Barbara Tagg, Doreen Rao, Sandra Murphy, Janet Galvan, David Brunner, Lee Kesselman and Sir David Wilcox. Mrs. Midkiff served as guest clinician for Kanawha, Putnam, Clay, Roane, Boone and Wood Counties. She received the prestigious Artist-Teacher Certification from the Doreen Rao Choral Music Experience Institute and is serving in her fifth term as a commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on the Arts.
In 2015, she received the Spirit Award from the WV Music Hall of Fame. The Community Music Association awarded her for her service to WV with ACC, she was named “A Woman on a Mission” from the Union Mission and she received her honorary doctorate from the University of Charleston.
Mrs. Midkiff is the wife to Gary Midkiff, mother to Allen, Chad, Andrew and William and grandmother to Aidan, Silas, Everly and Micah. She is also mom to her four legged children, Gizmo and Rudy.
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Associate Director - Camerata Choir
Mrs. Christy Dietz holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Radford University. She has taught general music at the elementary level and choral music at the secondary level. She has also worked with children’s choirs in several churches.
Mrs. Dietz has had an active singing history in Greenbrier County and Charleston both as a choir member and soloist in such groups as the Greenbrier Valley Chorale and womanSong. She is a member of ACDA and the National Music Educator's Association. Mrs. Dietz is married to her wonderful husband, Dr. Paul Dietz and they are proud parents of a beautiful daughter, Hannah and two adorable Yorkies, Kipper and Koko and adorable dachshund, Winnie.
Dionne Canterbury directs the Canzona Preparatory Choir. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Charleston and is the Children's Choir director at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church. She is a teaching assistant at Charleston Montessori School at the primary level and is a certified Kindermusik educator. She teaches private voice and piano lessons as well.
Dionne has had an active singing history in Charleston, both as a choir member and soloist in such groups as Womansong, OPUS and the Light Opera Guild. She has also performed as a choir member/soloist in America's longest running outdoor drama, "The Lost Colony".
Dionne is the proud mother to Vivien, Annabel and Isaiah, and puppy, Albert.
Associate Director - Canzona Preparatory Choir
Dionne's contact information:
Canzona Preparatory Choir
Contact Information for ACC
For general questions, contact the ACC office:
Fax number: 304.720.1508
210 Brooks Street
Charleston, WV 25301
(see Google Map)
PO Box 11342
Charleston, WV 25339
For payment questions and general information:
Contact Emma at the office at 304.343.1111 or ACCinfo@wvacc.org
For public relations, marketing, and general administrative questions:
Contact Audrey at 304.343.1111 or
For donations, grant suggestions, and information on sponsoring the choir, an event, or a child:
Contact Audrey at 304.343.1111 or