Step Sing 2018

Step Sing began as a sing-along on the steps of Renfroe Hall at the Howard College East Lake Campus in 1951. It was held once a semester and soon became a competition. In 1957, Howard College moved to its present location on Lakeshore Drive, bringing with it the tradition of Step Sing. In 1976, Step Sing moved to its current home in Wright Center Concert Hall.

Under the direction of the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Student Activities and Events, Step Sing is organized by students, including musical arrangement, choreography and costume design. Step Sing has become an educational activity in which students participate through leadership development, organizational administration and time management. Students perform three days to sold-out audiences. It continues to be one of Samford's most popular traditions, and is a popular event not only among students, but also prospective students, employees, alumni and the Birmingham community.

2018 Performances

  • Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, February 9 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 10 at 2 p.m. *Matinee Show!
  • Saturday, February 10 at 7 p.m.

Public ticket sales will begin Friday, January 26 at 9 a.m. (central time).

Student Involvement

There are a variety of ways for students to be involved in Step Sing 2018! We have opportunities to participate both on-stage and behind the scenes. Check out the information below for how to get involved. Questions? Email stepsing@samford.edu.

Freshman Step Sing Shows

Sign-ups coming soon!

There will be two shows available exclusively for incoming female students for Step Sing 2018—Freshman Ladies and Freshman Girls. Sign-ups will open on Wednesday, October 18 at 5 p.m. and close on Sunday, November 19 at 11:59 p.m. Once sign-ups have closed, participants will be selected at random. Date of sign-up will not play a factor in being selected for a show. Questions? Please email stepsing@samford.edu.

Participant Info Meetings

All Step Sing participants are required to attend one participant info meeting. All meetings will be held in Brock Forum in Dwight Beeson Hall.

All meetings will start on time and last approximately 40 minutes. To respect everyone’s time, no one will be able to enter once the meetings have started.

Wednesday, October 18 at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, October 18 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 19 at 5 p.m.
Thursday, October 19 at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24 at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24 at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25 at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 26 at 5 p.m.
Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14 at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14 at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15 at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 16 at 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m.

Individuals who do not attend a participant info meeting will not be eligible to participate in any show for Step Sing 2018. If you are unable to attend these meetings due to work or class, please email stepsing@samford.edu to set up an individual meeting. Students studying abroad will have the opportunity to attend a meeting in January and should email stepsing@samford.edu for more information.

Overall Committee Applications

Applications are now open for students interested in serving on the Step Sing 2018 Overall Committee! We are looking for creative and hard-working people who are interested in serving. Applications will close on Thursday, November 2 at 5 p.m.

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Step Sing Overall Host

All students are invited to apply to serve as the 2018 Step Sing Host. Please email stepsing@samford.edu with a video of yourself performing the script below. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, December 1 at 11:59 p.m. All applicants will be emailed confirmation of submission and information about the selection process.

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Step Sing 2018! My name is ________________ and we are thrilled you are here to join us for the 68th production of one of Samford University’s most beloved traditions.

A tradition that begin in 1951 on the steps of Renfroe Hall at Howard College has now embedded itself into the Samford community. What began with simple arm movements has now transformed into full-length choreography. Groups from around campus come together for the opportunity to perform on the Step Sing stage. The directors have been working for months to prepare a six-minute show and have been leading their groups through practice the last three weeks. Tonight, we will see all of the hard work come to fruition.

Before we begin, I want to remind you of a few house rules:
- Please silence your cell phones.
- No filming or flash photography.
- In case of an emergency, the house lights will come up and instructions will be given.

Tonight, in the largest Step Sing production to date, we have over eleven hundred students participating on stage and behind the scenes to make Step Sing 2018 a reality. We are thrilled to welcome students, faculty, staff, families, and alumni joining us both in the house and on the live stream. Let us know you are watching by interacting with us on social media using the hash tag StepSing2018.

Let’s get started with our first show of the night!”

Philanthropy

Shauna’s House

The 2017 Step Sing Philanthropy was Shauna’s House through Lifesong for Orphans.

Many children that live in orphanages in Ukraine have no hope of ever being adopted. To connect with these children, Lifesong has built a partnership within the Ukrainian orphanages improving the living conditions and helping provide for the children’s basic needs.

In memory of Shauna Yelton, Shauna’s House will be one of 5 transition homes for Ukrainian orphanage graduates through Lifesong for Orphans.

Thank you for your donations to the Step Sing 2017 Philanthropy, Shauna's House! Together we raised over $14,000.

Interested in nominating a philanthropy to partner with Step Sing 2018? Nominate an organization by clicking the button below. Nominations will be accepted through Sunday, October 15, 2017.

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