Our Aeolians of Oakwood University has just won the 70th Eisteddfod International Music Festival, in Llangollen, North Wales CHOIR OF THE WORLD Competition!! Congrats!!
As stated in Inside Oakwood: The first International Musical Eisteddfod was held in Llangollen in June 1947, the same year that Dr. Eva B. Dykes organized the first group Aeolians at Oakwood College.
In the following 70 years, the International Musical Eisteddfod and its celebration of "Peace and Harmony" has made it one of the world's great music festivals, which be gan with a vision that the ancient Welsh eisteddfod tradition could provide a means of healing the wounds of the Second World War, and help to promote lasting peace.
The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is not merely an annual festival promoted by one nation for international audiences, but a festival of music-making in which representatives of the peoples of other nations can take an active part. The competition is taking place at Llangollen, a picturesque North Wales town, within five hours' train journey from London. The winning choirs will become the custodians of a notable award, symbolic of international unity through the arts.
The Aeolians, under the direction of Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand, have been competing in this international music competition, July 3-9, 2017. While on the British Isles, the Aeolians have been performing at other venues in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
OUAA is launching a new chapter in London. Three of our officers Dr. Cynthia Powell-Hicks, Desmond Pierre-Louis, and Pat Pates tagged along with the Aeolians to help launch this chapter and enjoy the Aeolians as they represent our University with excellence.
This past week some of our Oakwood University Alumni Association(OUAA) executive officers President Dr. Cynthia Powell-Hicks, General Vice Pres. Desmond Pierre-Louis, and Secretary Patricia Pates went to Nassau, Bahamas to launch an international alumni chapter there. You can see the excitement in the faces of the first members of the new Bahamas Oakwood Alumni Chapter. They are ready to help their Oakwood Alumni Association make an impact to those in the Bahamas wanting to attend Oakwood and those already attending.
Many thanks to the president of the South Bahamas Conference, Elder Paul Scavella, for his help in organizing the meeting and his hospitality during the establishment of the chapter. Also our fabulous Oakwood Aeolians also flew over and provided their excellence in singing to help recruit future Oakwoodites.
On December 9, 2016 the Oakwood community lost a giant in Edward Woods, Jr who we affectionally called "Woody". Because of his outstanding work and service to continue the powerful “Oakwood Story” as a former Oakwood Alumni Association President from 1997 to 2006, the Oakwood University Alumni Association has honored him by establishing a new annual scholarship named the Edward Woods, Jr.
Scholarship granted to those students who have achieved academically and are seeking a career in education.
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In lieu of sending flowers, let his family know how much we will miss him by donating to his newly named scholarship THIS WEEK. To further "Woody's" legacy simply go to Donate Now and select a One-Time Gift, then also designate in NOTES: "Edward Woods, Jr. Scholarship". Give a gift to help our students make it through Oakwood financially and do it TODAY!
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