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Sneak Peek: These musicians will open St. Louis Blues games with the national anthem this season

Nine acts were invited by the St. Louis Blues to perform at a game this season.
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Nine acts were invited by the St. Louis Blues to perform at a game this season.

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.

Meet the judges

The three judges were St. Louis Blues anthem singer Charles Glenn, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Daniel Lee and St. Louis Symphony chorus director Amy Kaiser.
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The three judges were St. Louis Blues anthem singer Charles Glenn, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Daniel Lee and St. Louis Symphony chorus director Amy Kaiser.

Meet the winners and listen to their national anthem auditions

Scott Kennebeck 

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Scott Kennebeck performing the national anthem
Scott Kennebeck performing during the first round of auditions
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Tenor Scott Kennebeck performing during the first round of auditions

River Kittens

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The River Kittens performing the national anthem
St. Louis folk trio the River Kittens performing during the second round of auditions
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St. Louis folk trio the River Kittens performing during the second round of auditions

James Bertels

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James Bertels performing the national anthem
James Bertels performing during the second round of auditions
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James Bertels performing during the second round of auditions

Abigail Stahlschmidt

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Violinist Abigail Stahlschmidt performing the national anthem
Abigail Stahlschmidt performing the national anthem
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Abigail Stahlschmidt performing the national anthem

Saxissimo Saxophone Quartet

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Saxissimo Saxophone Quartet performing the national anthem
The Saxissimo Saxophone Quartet performing during the second round of auditions
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The Saxissimo Saxophone Quartet performing during the second round of auditions

Alex Armstrong

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Alex Armstrong performing the national anthem
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Alex Armstrong in a provided photo

Rebecca Drury

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Rebecca Drury performing the national anthem
Rebecca Drury in a provided photo
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Rebecca Drury

Montel Moore

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Montel Moore performing the national anthem
Montel Moore
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Montel Moore

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.

Charles Glenn (L) and Joseph Niemeyer Jr. (R) talk after Niemeyer's first round audition.
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Charles Glenn (L) and Joseph Niemeyer Jr. (R) talk after Niemeyer's first round audition.

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