Published on March 6, 2012 by Sean Flynt  

Samford's School of the Arts will host the 2012 Alabama All-State Choral Festival March 7-10.

Approximately 1,200 middle school and high school students, along with parents and teachers, will arrive at Samford on Wednesday, March 7, for the four-day Alabama Vocal Association event.

The students will immediately begin an intense schedule of competitions and rehearsals in preparation for a pair of free public concerts later in the week.

The Middle School Concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9. The High School Concert will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Both concerts will be in Wright Center Concert Hall.

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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.