Auditions for national anthem performers held at Citi Field - KMSP-TV

Auditions for national anthem performers held at Citi Field

Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

On a cloudy winter day in Queens, there were signs of spring on Monday. Citi field is getting ready for its home opener which is now three weeks away. Before that first pitch is thrown, one special person or group will perform the national anthem.

"Today is the anthem finals. We had 20 contestants come out and they all sang the national anthem because we are looking for someone to sing on opening day on March 31st when we open up the baseball season," said Danielle Sessa, the Citi Field director of communications.

Folks from across the New York City area stepped up to the plate Monday to audition for this coveted spotlight, like Dyker Heights second grader Amanda Summa, 13-year-old Victoria from Ozone Park, and Long Islander Shelby Dufton.

Contestants were judged on their lyrical accuracy, vocal strength, pacing, stage presence and energy.

After watching all of these talented people perform, I wanted to know what it would feel like to sing in Citi Field, so I sang the "Star-Spangled Banner," too.

"There was so many great contestants, that besides picking someone to sing the anthem on opening day, we're probably going to invite some other folks to come back and sing on other days during our 81 games," Sessa said.

I wonder if I will be one of them.

  • Queens NewsQueens NewsMore>>

  • Pregnant woman says officer put her in choke hold

    Pregnant woman says officer put her in choke hold

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:57:51 GMT
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
  • SummerStage: you still have time to catch a show

    SummerStage: you still have time to catch a show

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:22:53 GMT
    You've got a few more weeks to enjoy SummerStage, New York's annual performing arts showcase that's 28 years running. But it's not just music: there is dance, comedy, theater, you name it. There are several shows weekly at 14 different parks throughout the five boroughs. A recent show at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park paid tribute to Pete Seeger. Most of the shows are free and are funded by tickets purchased for the some of the bigger acts.
    You've got a few more weeks to enjoy SummerStage, New York's annual performing arts showcase that's 28 years running. But it's not just music: there is dance, comedy, theater, you name it. There are several shows weekly at 14 different parks throughout the five boroughs. A recent show at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park paid tribute to Pete Seeger. Most of the shows are free and are funded by tickets purchased for the some of the bigger acts.
  • NY teacher tenure system faces new legal challenge

    NY teacher tenure system faces new legal challenge

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:14:16 GMT
    An educational advocacy group led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system, filing a lawsuit Monday that alleges that job protections unfairly shield bad teachers. Seven parents of public school children from New York City and Rochester are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed in Supreme Court in Albany.
    An educational advocacy group led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system, filing a lawsuit Monday that alleges that job protections unfairly shield bad teachers. Seven parents of public school children from New York City and Rochester are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed in Supreme Court in Albany.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices