Sky Sox Announce National Anthem Tryouts

Auditions will be held at Chapel Hills Mall on March 18 from 12:00pm-4:00pm

Auditions will be held at Chapel Hills Mall on March 18 from 12:00pm-4:00pm

By Nick Dobreff / Colorado Springs Sky Sox | February 21, 2017 12:34 PM ET

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox, in conjunction with The Colorado Springs Conservatory, will be hosting vocalist auditions for the 2017 season on Saturday, March 18 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the main stage in Chapel Hills Mall. Soloists, duets, trios and quartets are invited to audition The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America. Interested parties who would like to reserve an audition time between noon and 2:00 PM should contact Tricia Metzger in the Sky Sox Community Relations department at (719) 597-1449 or through e-mail at tmetzger@skysox.com. Open auditions will be on a first-come, first-serve basis from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. All vocal performances must be a cappella and only traditional renditions of songs will be considered for selection. Each performer may audition for either The Star Spangled Banner or God Bless America and will be considered for either song.

The top performances will be determined by a judging panel consisting of Sky Sox staff, Linda Weise, Lewis Keller, Jesse Pacheco from the Colorado Springs Conservatory along with local DJs Cliff Cage and DJ Gu from 98.9 MAGIC FM and Tammy Oakland from Sunny 106.3 FM.

Top performers will sing live at Security Service Field during the 2017 baseball season which begins on Thursday, April 6 and runs through Monday, September 4. The very best performer of the day will be selected to have the honor of singing the National Anthem on Opening Day and an additional performer will earn the opportunity to sing God Bless America on July 4. In addition, The Colorado Springs Conservatory, who is sponsoring the auditions, will be awarding each of the top ten individual singers of the day under 18 years old with a one hour singing lesson.

New this year, the Sky Sox are expanding their partnership with the Colorado Springs Conservatory to offer "Sky Sox Idol"! The top 10 adult contestants over 18 years old will each have an opportunity to sing Karaoke at Security Service Field during Thursday night home games in 2017. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite contestant both in park and on social media over the course of the season with the top performer winning a grand prize at the end of the year.

"The Colorado Springs Conservatory is proud to once again sponsor the auditions and offer finalists the opportunity to further explore their vocal talent," comments Linda Weise, Founding CEO of the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Like the Sky Sox franchise, the Conservatory strives to engage our community in family-friendly activities that will enrich their lives." We have some exciting additions this year and look forward to bringing more to this event and the summer baseball season".

The 30th season of Sky Sox Baseball begins April 6, 2017. For information about the Sky Sox and the 2017 season at Security Service Field, please call (719) 597-1449 or email info@skysox.com. Get the latest Sky Sox news online on Facebook or follow the team on Twitter at @skysox.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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