A few talented St. Louisans are getting their turn in the spotlight, after winning a competition to perform the National Anthem at a Blues game.
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Blues have announced the winners of a recent National Anthem audition event, with the selected performers given the opportunity to sing before the home-team crowd at Scottrade Center.
They are: Alex Armstrong, James Bertels, Rebecca Drury, Scott Kennebeck, Joseph Niemeyer, The River Kittens, Saxissimo, Abigail Stahlschmidt and Montel Moore, who is also a St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus member.
Each of the nine winners will perform the anthem at a Blues game during the 2017-2018 season. The audition was part of an ongoing partnership between the SLSO and Blues. Dates for their performances have yet to be determined.
The winners competed against hundreds of contestants from the St. Louis region during auditions held at Powell Hall on Aug. 26. Vocal soloists, ensembles and instrumentalists were part of the competition. The judges were Blues National Anthem singer Charles Glenn, SLSO principal cellist Daniel Lee and St. Louis Symphony Chorus director Amy Kaiser.