The Aeolians Choir of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, has performed throughout the world and has achieved tremendous success in national and international competitions. In 2012, the choir won three gold medals while competing in the World Choir Olympics in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2017, the Aeolians were named the 2017 Choir of the World at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod in Wales.
Now the Aeolians have won three gold medals at the World Choir Games in Tshwane in South Africa. The group achieved the highest score in the spirituals category and took first place among university and college choirs. More than 300 choirs participated in the 11-day competition.
Leslie Pollard, president of Oakwood University, stated that “the Aeolians represent a treasure for our Seventh-day Adventist Church, the city of Huntsville, the state of Alabama, and our United States of America. Congratulations to Dr. Jason Ferdinand, our music department, and especially our devoted students, who compose this world-renowned group. Having toured with them in South Africa last week, the message was clear — Oakwood University is all about excellence!”