Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-03-28

Samford University music students won eight of the 16 scholarship awards, including three first place honors, given at the 2005 Alabama Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship Auditions.

The competition, held March 5 at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, was open to graduate and undergraduate students from colleges and universities throughout Alabama.

Each first place winner took home $1,000 in prize money. First place winners from Samford included: Alexandra Maddox, junior voice performance major from Newton, women's voice division; Drew Pournelle, junior voice performance major from Soperton, Ga., men's voice division; and Paul Vest, junior cello performance and classics major from Branchville, strings division.

Other Samford winners were: Elizabeth Godfrey, junior church music major, Pleasant Grove, second place, women's voice division; Lauren Culotta, junior voice performance major, Birmingham, third place, women's voice division; Kathryn Hoppe, sophomore music education major, Huntsville, second place, strings division; Dawson Hull, sophomore piano performance and music theory/composition major, Jackson, Tenn., third place, piano division; and Cahill Smith, freshman piano performance major, Montgomery, fourth place, piano division.


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.