piano on stage
February 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

The Fletcher and Nell Morris Piano and Scholarship Competition

The Morris Competition provides scholarships for highly competitive piano students at Samford. For additional information and/or questions, please contact Competition Director, Dr. Jason Terry (MorrisPiano@samford.edu).

Schedule for Festival & Competition

February 9

Spencer Myer Recital,  7: 30 p.m., Brock Recital Hall

February 10

Competition (details TBD)

Guest  Adjudicators

Daniel Cason

Daniel Cason

Reverend Daniel Cason has been a featured musician and clinician at the Gospel Music Workshop of America, the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses and the International Worship Congress for many years. He has also served as the conference pianist and piano instructor for the Hampton University Ministers Conference. Reverend Cason has served as Associate Professor at Lawson State Community College as well as on the music staff of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Reverend Daniel Cason has been a featured musician and clinician at the Gospel Music Workshop of America, the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses and the International Worship Congress for many years. He has also served as the conference pianist and piano instructor for the Hampton University Ministers Conference. Reverend Cason has served as Associate Professor at Lawson State Community College as well as on the music staff of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Spencer Meyer

Spencer Myer

Lauded for "superb playing" and "poised, alert musicianship" by the Boston Globe, and labeled "definitely a man to watch" by London's The Independent, American pianist Spencer Myer is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today's concert stage. Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Myer has served as a guest faculty at the Oberlin and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatories of Music, and in the fall of 2015, he was appointed Artist-Teacher of Piano and Collaborative Piano at Boston's Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Rachel Park

Rachel Park

Dr. Rachel Park is an assistant professor of piano at the Jacksonville State University. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and overseas, including performing in Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium in New York, the Crystal Cathedral in California, and at the Embassy of Korea in Washington D.C.

Park received her Doctoral of Musical Arts in Church Music and Piano Performance degree from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX where she also earned her Master of Music degree. She graduated from the Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea for her Bachelor of Music degree.

Currently serving Alabama Music Teachers Associates as the First Vice President, Park is also an active member of the MTNA, ASCAP, and Asian Society of Music in New York.

Eligibility

Students eligible to participate in the competition include the following:

  1. Students who will be enrolled in the next academic year as freshmen, 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.
  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.

Participation Requirements

The 2023 competition will be a virtual event limited to 10 participants.  There are no registration fees required.  Application for Morris Competition

Application submission due by Monday, January 13, 2023.

Final Round Repertoire for Entrants

All repertoire must be performed by memory and include the following:

  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 substantial movement of a classical sonata (Schubert is permitted)
    • A nineteenth-century composition in the Romantic style
    • A composition from the twentieth or twenty-first century

Awards

The Fletcher and Nell Morris Scholarship Competition provides scholarship awards for undergraduate and graduate students. 

Morris Prizes (graduate)

First Prize

  • $5,000
  • Masterclass instruction and professional teaching opportunities at Samford’s Academy of the Arts

2nd prize

  • $4,000
  • Masterclass instruction and professional teaching opportunities at Samford’s Academy of the Arts

Morris Prizes (undergraduate)

First Prize

  • $5,000

2nd prize

  • $4,000

3rd prize

  • $3,000

Music at Samford University

Undergraduate keyboard 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, the bachelor of arts in music, and the bachelor of science in music. A master of music degree is offered in piano performance and pedagogy.

Piano students at Samford are regularly 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 and hold faculty positions throughout the U.S.