Published on September 7, 2012 by Mary Wimberley  

Singers and listeners of all ages are invited to participate in Samford University's annual Hymn Sing Sunday, Oct. 14, in Reid Chapel.  The afternoon of congregational hymn singing will begin at 2 p.m. The public is invited free of charge.

Samford School of Music dean Dr. Joseph Hopkins and church music and worship leadership instructor Eric Mathis will lead the singing.  Hunter Goff and Lynda Little will accompany as organist and pianist, respectively.

The popular event, held every year since 2003, allows the audience to participate in choosing and singing familiar hymns and gospel music.  This year, it is scheduled as a closing event of Samford's 2012 Homecoming weekend. 

The Samford University Chorale will present special music, including the spiritual, "I Believe This is Jesus," and a Chinese tune sung in Chinese, "Pengyou, Ting," which means "Listen, friend, to the good news. Jesus came to earth to save us all." Dr. Sharon Lawhon conducts the 63-voice chorale.

The afternoon of singing will conclude with fellowship and lemonade and cookies. Prior to the event, lunch is available in the university dining hall. For information, contact Mathis at (205) 726-2323 or


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.