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. 


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.