Mets Open Auditions For Anthem Singers

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
Staff Writer

Looking to showcase your voice at Opening Day for the New York Mets in 2014 at Citi Field?

The auditions will take place on Nov. 21, starting at 10 a.m. For Season Ticket holders, auditions will start at 9 a.m.
According to a Mets spokesperson, this is the first time they are holding auditions for the opportunity to sing The National Anthem on such a prestigious day like Opening Day. In the past, it has been multiple winners for regular season games.

The first hundred performers are guaranteed an audition to sing a song of their choice at Citi Field’s Hodges V.I.P.
All participants will have approximately 60 seconds to sing any song of his or her choice, excluding the National Anthem. Prepare to sing without any musical accompaniment, but instrumental performances are allowed.

Judges will select finalists to advance to the final round of auditions, which will take place at Citi Field in the weeks leading up to the start of the season. During the final round, the finalists will sing the anthem at Citi Field over the sound system.

In general, the judges will be looking for someone with the voice and range to sing a song as difficult as the National Anthem.

Lastly, the Mets staff will select one winner to perform the National Anthem on Opening Day, March 31, when the Mets play the Washington Nationals.

All children auditioning under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Previous singers who have sung on Opening Day include Marc Anthony, Kristin Chenoweth, Glenn Close, Sheryl Crow, Art Garfunkel, Wyclef Jean, Billy Joel, *NSYNC and Rihanna, among others.

There is no fee to audition and all participants should arrive at Citi Field’s Hodges VIP entrance. Parking is available in lot G. For futher information on the Anthem Search, visit www.Mets.com/anthemsearch or call (718) 559-3115.

Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@queenstribune.com, or @Tsakhuja13.