November 8, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2018

This piano festival was established by Fletcher and Nell Morris to encourage high levels of achievement in piano performance. Winners of the competition receive scholarship awards to be used toward music degree study at Samford.

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Schedule of Events

November 8, 2018

Morris Competition 7:30 p.m. 
Brock Recital Hall

November 9, 2018

Master Class with Joanne Haroutounian 1:00 p.m.
Bolding Studio
Jovanni-Rey de Pedro Recital 7:30 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall


Joanne Haroutounian oversees the piano pedagogy program at George Mason University and presents workshops internationally in pedagogy, musical talent, and gifted/talented arts.


In keeping with the guidelines of the bequest, those eligible to participate in the competition include the following:

  1. Students who will be enrolled in the next academic year as junior, senior and graduate music majors at Samford University for whom piano is the principal performance area
  2. Graduating senior music majors at any college or university for whom piano is the principal performance area and who have applied for graduate study in music at Samford University (Email Director of Graduate Studies Mark Lackey for information.)
  3. Individuals holding a baccalaureate degree with a major in music with piano as the principal performance area and who have applied for graduate study in music at Samford University (Email Director of Graduate Studies Mark Lackey for information.)

Repertoire Requirements

Participants in the Fletcher and Nell Morris Piano Competition must be prepared to perform the following repertoire:

  1. A prelude and fugue from either volume of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier or another significant work by Bach
  2. Two of the following:
    • A movement of a classical sonata (by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert)
    • A nineteenth-century composition in the Romantic style
    • A composition from the twentieth or twenty-first century, or a late nineteenth-century work by Debussy or Ravel

All repertoire must be performed by memory.


Winners will be declared. Each winner will receive a scholarship award to be used toward tuition and academic fees for music degree study at Samford University.

Awards for the 2018 competition will be as follows:

  • First Prize - $5,000
  • Second Prize - $3,000
  • Third Prize - $2,000
  • Each winner also will receive an engraved medal.

Music at Samford University

Undergraduate degrees offered in the Division of Music at Samford include the bachelor of music degree with majors in piano performance, piano performance with emphasis in piano pedagogy, organ performance, voice performance, instrumental performance (strings, woodwinds, brass or percussion), music and worship, and composition; the bachelor of music education in vocal/choral or instrumental music; the bachelor of arts in music; and the bachelor of science in music.

The master of music degree is offered with majors in piano performance and pedagogy, vocal performance, church music, and music education.

Piano students at Samford regularly have been among the winners of annual performance competitions sponsored by the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs, the Alabama Music Teachers Association, Music teachers National Association and the Birmingham Music Club. Graduates in piano have pursued advanced study at many of the leading graduate schools and conservatories around the country. Piano majors receive instruction in performance from full-time members of the piano faculty: Kathryn Fouse and Ronald Shinn.