Published on October 9, 2019 by Ashley Smith  
Knight Stephen

It was 51 years this September that a young graduate of the Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown, Massachusetts) and the University of Alabama entered Samford University for graduate studies in music.  He would continue in studies at the Schola Contorum (Paris), University of Michigan, and the Royal Carillon School of Belgium (his final diploma earned “With Distinction”) studying organ and carillon with such greats as Hudson Ladd, Jean Langlais, and Robert Glasgow.  Six year later, Professor Stephen Knight returned to Samford to become our Carillonneur in Residence. 

Now, 45 years later, Mr. Knight continues to enrich our campus with beautiful, creative, and poignant music that has become an essential part of the fabric of Samford, the cherished memories of our alumni, and indeed, the culture of our community.

He played an anniversary concert on September 19 at 4:30 that included a wide range of favorites. Samford employees and students listened from the Quad and others tuned into the Livestream opportunity on the School of the Arts Facebook page. 

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.