(AKRON, OHIO) March 5, 2018 - The Akron RubberDucks are seeking talented singers to tryout at its national anthem auditions on March 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at Canal Park.
For a chance to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" at one of the RubberDucks 70 home games, candidates will need to impress local music professionals and educators in addition to the RubberDucks staff.
"The singing of the national anthem is one of baseball's great traditions," said promotions coordinator Sara Varela. "We're looking for fans who are able to bring a good amount of energy to the ballpark and who sing from the heart."
This year's auditions are open and do not require pre-registration. However, an audition form will be required during registration. Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. and fans arriving by 11:50 a.m. will be given a chance to audition. Groups are welcome to tryout, and every member does not need to be present, but an accurate count must be given on the audition form.
National Anthem Auditions Details:
What: Auditions to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" before a 2018 RubberDucks game
When/Where: Sat., March 17, from 10 a.m. to Noon at Canal Park. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.
- All ages are welcome
- Open Auditions - No time slot/pre-registration required
- Fans arriving by 11:50 a.m. (last call) are ensured a chance to audition
- Groups are welcome. Every member does not need to be present, but an accurate count must be given on the form.
- Auditions will be cut off after 90 seconds. No tapes or recordings are required nor will be accepted.
Professional Choral and Voice Judges:
- Dr. Laurie Lashbrook, Associate Professor, Music - Voice at The University of Akron
- Dr. Frank Ward, Associate Professor, Music - Voice at The University of Akron
Candidates should enter through the main administrative office entrance located at 300 South Main Street and should wear appropriate clothing and be prepared to sing outside on the concourse over Canal Park's public address system.
For more information about the National Anthem Tryouts, candidates can call 330-253-5151 or go to www.akronrubberducks.com.