The St. Louis Blues have invited nine acts to perform the national anthem at a game this upcoming season.
The invitations are the result of a partnership between the Blues and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, an audition process that took place on a recent Saturday at Powell Hall. The Blues and SLSO selected more than one winner after being impressed by the abundance of local talent.
Open to solo singers, groups and instrumentalists, more than 650 contestants sent in video applications. Thirty-four were invited to participate.
The Audition Process
The audition consisted of two rounds. In the first round, performed behind a black curtain, contestants were required to select a song other than “The Star Spangled Banner.” The selection could be any style or genre.
Eighteen contestants moved to the second and final round and were asked to perform the national anthem in less than 1 minute and 30 seconds to three judges sitting about a dozen rows back.
Saxissimo Saxophone Quartet
Joseph Niemeyer Jr.
Niemeyer was selected to join St. Louis Blues anthem singer Charles Glenn in singing the national anthem at an upcoming game after his first round performance.
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