WVSU On Demand
September 30, 2009
Annual Hymn Sing Set for Oct. 11
The sixth annual Samford Hymn Sing, formerly known as the Old Song Sing-Along, will take place Sunday afternoon, October 11, in Reid Chapel, beginning at 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Codirectors of the event this year are Samford's School of the Arts Dean Joseph Hopkins and his wife, Suzanne. Also returning for the third year is concert pianist Barbara Bamberg of Houston, Texas.
The program consists primarily of congregational singing of the favorite hymns and gospel songs of yesteryear as selected by the audience. It also features special gospel and hymn selections presented by the Hopkins and Pianist Bamberg.
The event began in 2003 as Samford Auxiliary's opening program of the year. It featured the music of composer Philip Paul Bliss, who had been described as "one of 'God's gifts to modern Christian music," and was directed by legendary gospel musician Dick Baker of Dallas, Texas. The program was so popular that it has become a Samford tradition and the closing event of the annual Family Weekend.