The Aeolians of Oakwood University was an originally organized in 1946 by the late Dr. Eva B. Dykes. Since its inception, the choir has travelled widely, touching the hearts of both young and old with their inspirational singing. The Aeolians have performed all over the United States, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Canada, Poland, Romania, Great Britain, Trinidad & Tobago, Russia, Canada and Jamaica.
Aeolian performances present a repertoire of choral music, which ranges from the Baroque era to the twenty-first century. They have become an authoritative exponent of Negro spirituals and Work songs.
Under the direction of Jason Max Ferdinand, the choir has placed 1st two years in a row (2010 & 2011) in the iSing HBCU Challenge hosted by Reid Temple AME Church in Lanham, Maryland, and being named in 2014 as the four-peat national HBCU choral champions. They have also been presented with the keys to the City of Huntsville with Dec. 3rd & Dec. 5th being days named in their honour. A stellar 2011 – 2012 season saw the Aeolians visiting Moscow, Russia as part of the Russia-US Bilateral Presidential Commission on development of cooperation between Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama and competed at the 7th World Choir Games held in Cincinnati, USA, where they earned gold medals in all three categories of entrance and the overall championship for the Spiritual category.
In Oct 2015, the Aeolians made their debut at Carnegie Hall performing with the Altino Bros, the Altino Brothers Concert Chorale, and the Beyond Boundaries Symphony Orchestra in the Altino Bros’ “Beyond Boundaries” Concert Series. Later that month, the Aeolians accompanied the world acclaimed soprano, Kathleen Battle at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center in her, “Underground Railroad: A spiritual Journey” Concert Series.