The Aeolians have been invited, and will compete in the 7thWorld Choir Games, the world’s largest international choral competition, it was announced by INTERKULTUR, the International Organizing Committee of the World Choir Games, in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 11-13.
The Aeolians will serve as the only Seventh-day Adventist, and the only HBCU and the only Alabama choir to participate in this biennial event, known as the “Olympics of choral music.”
According to Aeolians director Jason Max Ferdinand the Oakwood choristers, the 2010 and 2011 national HBCU choir champions and, more recently, the sole U.S. performers in the seven-day Second International Moscow Christmas Festival of Sacred Music in Russia in January, will compete in three categories: Contemporary Music, Music of Religions and Negro Spirituals.
“This also marks the first time ever the World Choir Games will be held in North America; previous venues were Austria, China, South Korea and Germany.”
The World Choir Games takes place every two years. Approximately 20,000 participants, including 400 choirs from 70 countries, are expected to attend the 2012 Games. There will be competition in 23 musical categories, including Barbershop and Show Choirs, which have been added for the first time because of their popularity in the United States.
For more information on performances and tickets, go to www.2012worldchoirgames.com.