Written by Jenna Needham
Seventeen-year–old Grant Flick has traveled all around the U.S. to perfect his craft on the violin, mandolin, and tenor guitar for the past few years. He has gotten so good with these instruments that he has begun to perform at events and festivals all over Northwest Ohio, including at the Black Swamp Arts Festival in Bowling Green with his trio, Flick, Turner, and Warren. This frequent traveling and time to practice were only possible after he enrolled in Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA).
Grant was always a strong student and independent learner, so he did well in brick and mortar schools. After realizing he wanted to commit more to his music, he needed a more flexible schedule. Grant did his own research into alternative schools and quickly made the transition to the online setting.
“OHVA allowed grant to meet his academic goals,” said his mother, Lorraine. “The independence his has gained from working online, setting his own schedule, pacing himself with his work load, managing his own business, communicating with others and meeting deadlines has provided a strong foundation for success in college.”
OHVA provided just the type of schedule Grant needed, but the supportive and efficient staff at the school were a huge added bonus.
“The teachers and staff at OHVA have assisted me a lot with their willingness to be flexible. They understand the needs of the students they serve,” he said.
His mother agreed. “The teachers, counselors, and advisors are very accommodating of Grant’s travel schedule for performances. He makes sure he is up-to-date,” she said.
Once his education needs were being met, Grant began to focus on perfecting his musical skills. He began researching, which led him to new places and professional musicians. He has since been coached by Cheryl Trace at the Toledo Symphony, and by members of the Grammy Award-winning band, The Steeldrivers, among many others. He has also traveled to the Augusta Heritage Center’s Bluegrass Week in Elkins, WV, the Swannanoa Gathering in Swannanoa, NC, and the Acoustic Music Seminar held at the Savannah Music Festival in Savannah, GA, where he met Josh Turner and Jacob Warren in 2015 and eventually formed their trio, Flick, Turner, and Warren. They have had fun performing together ever since.
The trio has done so well that they were invited to perform at last month’s Black Swamp Arts Festival, an annual community art event that spans three days and is attended by more than 60,000 people from across the country. Playing there was a special moment for the Bowling Green native who grew up attending the festival every year.
“It was awesome! We had a fantastic time playing new and original instrumental compositions,” Grant said.
Hear more of this talented OHVA student’s music and find his performance schedule at his Facebook page.