Highlights TV Show Features Appalachian Children’s Chorus


Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.

The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.

The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.

The show airing September 14, 2020 – September 21, 2020 features the Appalachian Children’s Chorus and their 30th Anniversary Celebration.

We interviewed Audrey Pitonak-Goff, Executive Director, Appalachian Children’s Chorus and Jenna DeTemple 13-year chorister with the ACC.

Audrey talked about the mission of ACC. It is to provide artistic excellence, a quality music education, and extraordinary opportunities while creating a positive effect on the lives of West Virginia’s youth. Their goals include:

  • To foster the personal and social growth of choir members and promote their sense of self -worth, self-esteem, accomplishment, and pride in a loving, nurturing environment.

  • To offer a superior music education program for children and youth.

  • To attain a high level of excellence in public performances.

  • To maintain choir membership open to children of all racial, cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds.

  • To expose children to the values and beliefs of other cultures and societies.

  • To contribute to the cultural life of Charleston, the state of West Virginia, and the nation.

  • To increase the quality of singing in area schools and churches.

She also discussed their 30th Anniversary Celebration plans. They have set a $15,000 goal to raise which supports their scholarship fund. To donate, go to their Facebook page.

Jenna describe the opportunities afforded by ACC and how she has grown not just musically but in values and character.

She has had the opportunity to sign with ACC in Italy and at the Pearl Harbor Ceremony in Hawaii a few years ago.

She encouraged folks to support the ACC 30th by contributing any amount you can.

Click here to donate.

If you have any questions, please call 304-343-1111.


If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.



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