Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-08-27

Some of Samford University's youngest musicians will participate in a unique way to raise funds to benefit the newly created Friends of Preparatory Music Endowment Fund.

About 150 piano and voice students in Samford's preparatory department will hold a Practice-A-Thon Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6. Each will practice for one hour.

The students, in grades one through 12, are collecting pledges in exchange for their committed practice times on Friday, 3 - 9 p.m. and on Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Each participant hopes to raise $100. The practice sessions will be held in Buchanan Hall.

"This is the first event designed to involve preparatory student and parent participation in the effort to establish an endowment fund for preparatory music," said preparatory department head Connie Macon. The endowment fund helps support scholarships for students and the operating budget of the preparatory department.

According to Macon, the young pianists and vocalists are excited about the event. Prizes will be awarded to the students raising the most dollars.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.