Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-03-13

More than 1,000 middle school and high school choir members are participating in the Alabama Vocal Association's All-State Choral Festival at Samford University March 13-15.

Visiting clinicians will work with the singers during the annual spring event, which includes outstanding school choirs and soloists from throughout the state.

The All-State middle school choir and the show choir will present a concert Friday at 7 p.m. The All-State high school choir will perform Saturday at 2 p.m. Both concerts will be in Wright Center Concert Hall. The public is invited.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.