Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-09-07

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


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.