3/3/17 - Recently, students in the Parker Middle School choir program traveled to Flint for a joint performance with the Flint Southwestern Academy High School seventh through tenth-grade choir members. One of the songs the two groups performed together was “But a Flint Holds a Fire” by Andrea Ramsey, which was commissioned by the Parker choir. The song speaks about the ongoing Flint water crisis. Southwestern Academy High School was one of three schools that wrote text that is spoken during the song.
“This was such a great opportunity for our students to meet other singers, perform with other singers, learn about other singers and about their choir program, forge new relationships and much more,” said Kelli Falls, Parker Middle School, vocal music director. “Brooke Studebaker and Melaina Harbaugh worked to plan this event as well as a hand sanitizer drive. The hand sanitizer was donated to Southwestern Academy High School.”
The performance was very impactful for the Parker students. "This awesome experience was a jolt to reality to see the people who were affected by the water crisis,” said Kaitlyn Chapman, Parker Middle School seventh grade student. "This experience had a very big impact on my life and I’ll never forget it," added Audrey Kane, Parker Middle School, seventh-grade student. “I want to thank the singers from Flint for such a great time and experience,” stated Madison Steudle, Parker Middle School, eighth-grade student.
The Parker choirs originally debuted the song “But a Flint Holds a Fire” at their winter concert in December. The choir commissioned the song with several other schools through the Andrea Ramsey Commission Consortium.