Posted by Brad Radice on 2011-10-05

Samford University is set to host the Alabama Music Educators Association’s Elementary Music Festival, Friday, October 7.   

                The event will include 316 students that will represent 31 public and private schools from across the state of Alabama.  The students will spend the day rehearsing and will have a performance in the evening.

                The concert, which will be held in the Wright Center on Samford’s campus, is free to the public and starts at 7 p.m.

                 Music students attending will be under the instruction of Dena Byers, the Associate Conductor for the Durham Children’s Choir and the 2010 winner of the Jackson Parkhurst Award for being an outstanding North Carolina music educator. 

                 This year’s festival is being dedicated to the memory of Evan Thomason, a 10-year old who recently passed away after battling neuroblastoma for five years. 


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.