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Singing many genres of music, the Aeolians of Oakwood University need your help as we seek to spread our music around the world.

Hello and welcome to the official Kickstarter page of the Aeolians of Oakwood University! For those of you who do not know about our group, the Aeolians is a world-renown college concert choir. Each year, around fifty singers devote maximum time and effort towards achieving a standard of musical excellence. What separates this choir from many others, is their musical repertoire which stretches across all religious and inspirational music genres, sometimes demonstrated in the same piece. This affords the members the opportunity to be not only professional performers, but also Ministers.

The Director of the Aeolians: Jason Max Ferdinand
The Director of the Aeolians: Jason Max Ferdinand

The director of the Aeolians, Jason Max Ferdinand, is a visionary who recognizes the potential "future reach" of the choir.  With a grand vision to reach the world with the music of the Aeolians, a bold and innovative move is being made by the choir this Spring.  Our aim is to do a first-ever live recording with a Symphony Orchestra at Oakwood University. A professional orchestra will be brought in along with a professional sound engineer.  We will be blessed to have special guest performers giving of their talents and their time.  This project is major and will help in continuing the upward momentum that the Aeolians have been experiencing over the last few years. 

The male section of the Aeolians 10 mins before the spiritual category of the World Choir Games
The male section of the Aeolians 10 mins before the spiritual category of the World Choir Games

This is where YOU come in. Yes, you! We want to thank you for all of your support over the years.  Our success is your success.  We want to give you the opportunity of being a part of history.  This concert and our goals that follow CANNOT happen without your help. The total cost through post-production is $35,000.  We have some of this, but need to raise $15,000 quickly to cover the rest.  We know that this can be done, and are asking you to GIVE to this worthy cause.  As the songwriter said, "You have not, because you ask not."  And so, we are asking!! 

The Aeolians during the World Choir Games competing in the Music of the Religions category.
The Aeolians during the World Choir Games competing in the Music of the Religions category.

For our plans to materialize, we invite you to participate in a two-step process: 

Step 1: Please donate whatever amount you can! Large donations are very much appreciated but every single dollar given will move us towards our goal. To motivate donors we have prepared a great list of incentives that old fans and new supporters alike will enjoy. 

Step 2: Share this project with others. The internet can be used to our advantage! The internet is an interesting phenomenon and even videos of people dancing can receive millions of hits in a day. We want our campaign to go viral so please share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, or through word of mouth with your family and friends. 

Thank you so much for your interest in our cause and for sharing this with others. We welcome you into the Aeolians family. May the blessings of the Lord continue to fall upon you as you, "Help Somebody as you Pass Along." 

The view of the Aeolians as they were awarded one of three gold medals during the World Choir Games in Cincinatti, Ohio
The view of the Aeolians as they were awarded one of three gold medals during the World Choir Games in Cincinatti, Ohio
The Aeolians singing at the beautiful Moscow Performing Arts Center
The Aeolians singing at the beautiful Moscow Performing Arts Center

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Every project is faced with a certain amount of risk. It is the role of the Project Manager (PM) to put controls in place to mitigate the risks. This project is blessed to have a professional PM on the team.

In addressing our needs, we have collaborated with tried and proven Service Providers. From the Orchestra to the Sound Engineer to the Videographer to the Venue, all have been carefully selected for the successful completion of the project.

The project team has been involved in previous CD and DVD productions and have the experience necessary to overcome any challenges that may occur.

We are confident about the success of this project. We have ploughed our resources of finance and time into it thus far, and with your help, we will overcome any production challenges that may come our way.

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    You will receive a Facebook, Twitter, or E-mail shout out thanking you for your contribution towards our project.

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    You receive a Facebook, Twitter, or E-mail shout out thanking you along with our Special Aeolians "Thank You" E-Card.

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    Receive a personalized Thank You video from the Aeolians and our director, Maestro Jason Max Ferdinand along with a personalized ringtone. (Plus shout out and thank you e-card).

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    You will be delivered an autographed CD copy of The Aeolians' 2008 "A New Song" . This CD contains eleven songs from the Aeolians' repertoire and has been a joy to listeners since its initial production.

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    You will be delivered a DVD copy of The Aeolians' 2012 concert in Moscow, Russia. This is a two-disc set containing not only the entire concert but exclusive footage of our practices, travel, and speeches leading up to the event.

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    You will be delivered a discounted bundle of both The Aeolians' "A New Song" CD and our Russia DVD two-disc set. (Plus shout out and thank you e-card)

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    You will be delivered an autographed CD copy of The Aeolians' 2013 LIVE production "Aeolians: Lift Up Your Gates and SING!!" . In addition you will be listed in the CD's credits as our valued contributor.

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    You will be delivered an autographed DVD copy of The Aeolians' 2013 LIVE production "Aeolians: Lift Up Your Gates and SING!!" . In addition you will be listed in the DVD's credits as our valued contributor.

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    Along with the $150 Reward, Receive a private sit-in on an Aeolians rehearsal of your choice via Skype or visit our campus and experience it first-hand. (Travel expenses handled by contributor).

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    Send in a vocal track and have a composition arranged around it. Enjoy via Skype or personal visit,.a private sit-in on the rehearsal where your jingle will be taught to the choir. (Travel expenses handled by contributor). Enjoy the $150 Reward also.

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    Choose a song in the repertoire and receive a pass to sing along with the Aeolians on stage at a concert of your choice during the 2013-2014 season. (Travel expenses handled by contributor). Enjoy the $150 Reward also.

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    Send in an original creation composed for SSAATTBB. Have your composition reviewed by the director Jason Max Ferdinand. Receive a chance of your composition being sung by the Aeolians in the 2013-2014 season. Enjoy the $150 Reward also.

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    Along with Reward #8, Personalized sit down session with the director of the Aeolians Maestro Jason Max Ferdinand, our classical trained pianist/accompanist Dr. Wayne Bucknor, or one of our Talented music composer (Travel expenses handled by contributor). Date to be determined by agreement.

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    Executive Producer credit for both the LIVE concert CD and DVD. Additionally, you will receive a commemorative plaque detailing and thanking you for your contribution. Finally, you will be shipped special autographed copies of the Aeolians' 2013 LIVE production CD and DVD.

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    This reward is especially for, but not limited to, churches and organizations. The Aeolians will come to a location of YOUR choice and perform a concert. (Location must be within a 250 mile radius of Oakwood University)

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