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AKRON The Akron RubberDucks are seeking talented singers to tryout at its national anthem auditions on March 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at Canal Park. Pre-registration is required.
For a chance to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" at one of the RubberDucks 70 home games, candidates will need to impress four 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 manager Christina Urycki. "Every year we get a great group of candidates, so we are looking for fans who can really impress!"
Pre-Registration Required - Candidates should call the Akron RubberDucks office at 330-253-5151 during normal business hours (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to reserve a time slot. Slots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Day-of-Event: Candidates should arrive 15 minutes prior to their secured-time slot and be ready to sing.
Professional Choral and Voice Judges:
Dr. Brian Bailey, director of choirs at Cleveland State University
Christine Stewart, music teacher at DeWitt Elementary School in the Cuyahoga Falls School District
Leanne Stofsick, vocal music teacher in the Cuyahoga Falls School District
Dr. Jay White, associate professor of voice at Kent State University
Auditions will be cut off after 90 seconds. No tapes or recordings are required nor will be accepted.
Candidates should enter through the main administrative office entrance located at 300 S. Main St., 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.