Published on September 5, 2014 by Jack Brymer  
Hymn Sing

“Singing with the Saints” is the theme for the 11th annual Samford Hymn Sing on Sunday , Oct. 5, in Reid Chapel, according to Eric Mathis, assistant professor of music and director of anima: the Forum for Worship and the Arts, who will also provide the organ accompaniment.

The program begins at 2 p.m. under the musical leadership of Joseph Hopkins, dean of Samford’s School of the Arts. Also featured will be the Samford University Chorale under the direction of Sherrie Lawhon. 

Frank Jones of Hoover, Ala., a 1974 graduate of Samford and pianist for the Alabama Singing Men since 1983, will provide the piano accompaniment. A popular and longtime church pianist, he has been conference pianist for the Jubilee Conferences in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Myrtle Beach, S.C., since 2002.  He incorporated Frank Jones Ministries in 2007, a ministry focused on worship and enrichment events.

“The hymn sing is but one piece of the worship mosaic on the Samford University campus,” said Mathis. “We continue it because year after year young and old look forward to an afternoon of singing hymns that have been important to the Christian community at large as well as our individual spiritual formation and development.”

Also, Mathis said, “We continue the hymn sing because the heart of the Christian vocation is loving God and loving neighbor, and singing one another’s songs is but one way to deepen our love for the image of Christ who is revealed in our neighbor.”

Begun in 2003 as The Old Song Sing-Along, the popular program has featured the music of composer Philip Bliss and gospel music performer Dick Baker. Again this year it is part of Samford’s Family Weekend celebration. 

Free and open to the public, the program is an afternoon of congregational singing of hymns and gospel songs selected by audience participants, Mathis said. 

Guests also can arrive on campus early and enjoy lunch in the University Center Dining Hall. Cost for lunch is $8 per person.


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.