The National, Thursday July 19th, 2012
CINCINNATI, Ohio: Student singers from the Seventh-Day Adventist church’s Oakwood University, located in Huntsville, Alabama, took home three awards from the world’s largest choir competition last week.
At the 7th World Choir Games, the Oakwood Aeolians won the Championship Trophy in the “Spiritual” category, beating 15 other choirs for the honour.
The 42-member Aeolians won one of several gold medals in two other categories: “Music of Religions” and “Musica Contemporanea”.
The international event was held in Cincinnati, Ohio, from July 4 to 14.
The Aeolians were the only Adventist representatives at the event.
Oakwood University is an institution that is directly affiliated with the Adventist church’s world headquarters.
Earlier in the summer break from school, the group practised new songs for the competition individually.
They later held group rehearsals remotely using Google Plus.
All 42 members met for a final rehearsal at the university campus the weekend before the competition.
The World Choir Games, sponsored by the Interkultur Foundation in Germany, is the world’s largest choral competition and is held every two years.
The goal of the event is to “(bring) people of all nations, cultures and ideologies together in peaceful competitions and songs”.
More than 15,000 choristers in 362 choirs competed in 23 musical categories.
The City of Cincinnati (@CityofCincy) tweeted following an Aeolians’ performance: “The Aeolians of Oakwood University from Huntsville, AL, lifted our souls and the roof at the Cincinnati Masonic Centre.”
The next World Choir Games will be held in Riga, Latvia, in 2014. – Adventist News Network