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Competing in the categories of Spirituals, University and College and Musica Contemporanea, the Aeolians bested over 22 other choirs from around the world. Triumphing not only with the highest score in two of the three categories entered, but winning three gold medals, of which two were championships at the biennial event.
The invited assortment of over 300 choirs this year hailed from around the world. Many came from South Africa, Sweden, Germany and beyond, as well as furtherflung locales like Singapore, Indonesia, Argentina, China and of course, the United States.
INTERKULTUR, event organizers, hosted the world’s largest choir competition for the first time on the continent of Africa with Tshwane as the host city. This year marks the 30th year of the games and 11 days of competition. At this event, The Aeolians repeated their gold medal wins from the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“We are delighted to acknowledge, to the glory of God, the hard work, and sacrifice of the Aeolians and their leadership,” says Dr. Leslie Pollard, President of Oakwood University. “The Aeolians represent a treasure for our Seventh-day Adventist Church, the city of Huntsville, the state of Alabama, and our United States of America. Congratulations to Dr. Jason Ferdinand, our music department, and especially our devoted students, who compose this world-renowned group. Having toured with them in South Africa last week, the message was clear—Oakwood University is all about excellence!”
Jennifer E. Patterson is a native of Huntsville, Alabama where she was educated in Huntsville City Schools and at Oakwood Academy. She earned a bachelor of science in Elementary Education from Oakwood College (now University), a master of education in Elementary Education from Alabama A&M University, and a doctorate in Reading & Literacy also from Alabama A&M University.
For the past 18 years, Jennifer has been active in the ministry of education from many perspectives. She began her career as an elementary school classroom teacher in Huntsville City Schools, where she taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades and also served as a Literacy Coach. She taught developmental and critical reading in the Alabama two-year college system as well as taught undergraduate and graduate students in reading at Alabama A&M University. Additionally, she had the pleasure of teaching undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in the area of teaching reading via distance education at Western Governors University.
Recently, God led Jennifer in stepping away from traditional teaching to pursue entrepreneurship by starting her own business, My Bookworm Project Educational Services LLC, an initiative positioned to help raise awareness of and impact literacy education in the local community. In addition, Jennifer offers private instruction, tutorial services, basic assessment, and consultation services for individuals and families in the Huntsville/Madison area. A favorite quote of hers is “Teaching is not the filling of pails, but the lighting of fires” and she truly believes that the most important, most incredible, most valuable, and most rewarding work she has ever been involved in is motivating others to learn and discover what will ultimately propel them toward success!
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