Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-02-01

UPDATE: As of 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, only floor tickets remained for the Thursday, Feb. 10 performance. The Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12, performances are SOLD OUT.

Samford University students will present their annual competitive musical extravaganza, Step Sing, Feb. 10-12.

About 875 students, in 13 groups, will compete for Sweepstakes honors in the longstanding campus tradition, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary. Judging will be based on music, choreography, theme, costumes, creativity and overall entertainment.

Step Sing history has the event beginning in 1951 with groups lining up to sing on the steps of the women’s residence hall when the school was located in the East Lake area of Birmingham. The tradition moved with the school to its Homewood site, gaining in popularity and sophistication each year. Now, Wright Center Concert Hall fills its 2,600 seats for three nights as groups compete for honors and bragging rights.

Ticket prices are Thursday, $16 orchestra and $18 balcony; Friday and Saturday, $22.50 orchestra and $25 balcony. All tickets incur a $1 convenience fee. 

This year’s philanthropic focus is Kid One Transport, which specializes in giving children and expectant mothers a means of transportation to receive proper medical care.  Audience members may make cash donations in the lobby during intermission of each performance, or access a “Donate Now” link at

The spirited competition doesn’t end on the stage. Grant Millsaps, Step Sing staff producer, says the groups will be challenging each other to raise the most money for Kid One Transport.



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.