Snead State Hosts the Internationally Acclaimed Aeolians In Concert


Snead State Community College will host the internationally-acclaimed choir, the Aeolians of Oakwood University, in concert on Friday, January 26, beginning at 7 p.m. in Fielder Auditorium.

The award-winning choir has more than 50 members who travel throughout the country and abroad presenting a diverse blend of choral and spiritual music. The Aeolians of Oakwood University was originally organized in 1946 by the late Dr. Eva B. Dykes. Since its inception, the choir has traveled widely, touching the hearts of both young and old with their inspirational singing.  The choir is conducted by Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand, a former Aeolian.

Aeolian concerts present a repertoire of choral music which ranges from the Baroque era to the 21st century. The Aeolians, moreover, are an authoritative exponent of Negro spirituals and work songs which express the yearnings of their forefathers to be free.  

Under the God-inspired direction of Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand, the choir has placed 1st two years in a row (2010 and 2011) in the iSing HBCU Challenge hosted by Reid Temple AME Church in Lanham, Maryland.  In December 2011 and December 2012, they were presented with the keys to the City of Huntsville with Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 being days named in their honor.  
In June 2014 at the third annual National HBCU Media Summit, the Aeolians received the “Best HBCU Choir” award, making them now the four-peat national HBCU choral champions. In October 2015, the group made their debut at Carnegie Hall, performing with the Altino Brothers Concert Chorale and the Beyond Boundaries Symphony Orchestra in the Altino Brothers Beyond Boundaries Concert Series. They were awarded the 2017 Choir of the World Pavarotti Trophy, and Dr. Ferdinand received the first Gwobr Jane Davies Outstanding Conductor award during a competition held at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, a peace festival, in Wales.

Admission to the concert is a $5 donation to be paid at the door. For more information, please contact the Snead Fine Arts Department at 256-840-4188.

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