Samford University School of the Arts student Leah Doss won the Vocal category in the National Federation of Music Clubs Student/Collegiate Auditions (Woman’s Voice Classification) in May. The award includes a $3,000 prize.

"It was wonderful to meet members of the music club that sponsored the competition, and who are such great supporters of students," Doss said of her honor.

“Samford’s voice students have a long and strong record of success throughout Alabama and the southeast but it is extraordinary to have a student reach national recognition,” said Sharon Lawhon, professor of music and coordinator of the vocal-choral department. “Leah possesses the vocal, musical, and personal potential to go far in the field of vocal performance,” Lawhon added. “She is the kind of student who is a joy to teach and inspires me to be a better teacher.”

Doss’s mother, School of the Arts alumna Laura Doss, ‘86, teaches at Alabama School of Fine arts and serves her Alma Mater as an adjunct music faculty member.

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.