One Flock Choir sings a message

September 26, 2008 5:09:58 PM PDT
It was the One Flock Choir's debut performance. They are 35 children from the Philadelphia Archdiocese' five special education schools who sing in this ground breaking choir of singers with disabilities.

Their anthem,One Flock, was written by the choir director, and assistant special education superintendent, Ellen Wedemeyer to break down barriers between children with special needs and everyone else.

"We have children who are blind, children who are deaf, children who are wheel chairs, autism, Down syndrome, anything you can imagine, there is a child with that in this choir," Wedemeyer said.

11-year-old Yordan, loves signing with the choir.

One flock energizes 9-year-old Christopher.

The music makes 19-year-old Erin see beyond her Down syndrome to a power she feels while singing.

"It's like magic but it's not. We're like a big family big and we love each other," Erin McNutty said.

"I just think I'm singing the song for St. Lucy's and everyone out there who's blind and deaf," Christopher Rogers said.

These special needs singers carry a message of voices that are often unheard.

"I think it awakens a little bit of our humanity and reminds us of what's really important," Wedemeyer said.

They'll perform with the full 270 member choir at the Kimmel center in March and are ready to sing for other organizations that ask.

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