Oakwood University Aeolians achieved highest scores in two categories to win big at the 10th edition of World Choir Games in Tshwane, the northern part of South Africa.
Competing in the categories of Spirituals, University and College Choirs, and Musica Contemporanea, the Aeolians bested more than 22 other choirs from around the world, triumphing not only with the highest score in two of the three categories entered, but winning three gold medals, of which two were championships at the biennial event. Their gold medal-winning scores:
- Spirituals — 97.88
- University and College Choirs — 96.88
- Musica Contemporanea — 91.00
The invited assortment of more than 300 choirs hailed from around the world this year. Many came from South Africa, Sweden, Germany, and beyond, as well as further flung locales like Singapore, Indonesia, Argentina, China, and the United States.
INTERKULTUR, event organizers, hosted the world’s largest choir competition for the first time on the continent of Africa, with Tshwane as the host city. This year marks the 30th year of the games and 11 days of competition. At this event, the Aeolians repeated their gold medal wins from the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“We are delighted to acknowledge, to the glory of God, the hard work and sacrifice of the Aeolians and their leadership,” says Leslie Pollard, Ph.D., D.Min., M.B.A., president of Oakwood University. “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 comprise this world-renowned group. Having toured with them in South Africa, the message was clear — Oakwood University is all about excellence!”
Pollard continued, “We express appreciation for our major sponsor, Kettering Health Network, and all of the generous supporters that made this opportunity possible. Thank you for believing in the global ministry of Oakwood University.”
Oakwood University | September 2018