Contributing Writer | Abigail McKibben
At Samford, there is an extracurricular activity for just about any interest. Students that have a passion for singing can join the Samford Chorale, a vocal group with no audition required. The organization has been in place for decades and consists of anywhere from 35-50 undergraduate and graduate students.
Professor Sharon L. Lawhon is the current director of the Samford Chorale and has been for the past 16 years. She’s worked with a diverse group of students of different majors and all skill levels.
Lawhon said that her students share a common love of singing and how it provides a sort of “sanctuary” from the daily stresses of life. Being a part of the Chorale also develops a heightened sense of personal responsibility by contributing to the music and group as a whole.
Normally, or before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chorale participates in concerts throughout the school year. This year, the ensemble looks a little different with masks and social distancing at all times.
“Everyone is trying to keep the arts alive despite the difficulties of the pandemic,” Lawhon said.
Other schools have decided to postpone choir groups until the pandemic is over. To make up for the lack of social performances, Lawhon occasionally takes practice outside to the middle of campus.
Later in the spring, the Chorale plans to sing for Samford’s retiring president, Andrew Westmoreland, on his last day at campus.
The Chorale practices in Brock Recital Hall on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays at 11:45 a.m.