ST. LOUIS (KMOX) updated on Aug. 31– The curtains have closed and now the St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Symphony will choose one contestant to sing the National Anthem before a game in the 2017-18 season. The finalist had a live audition at Powell Hall in front of a panel of judges, Saturday.

Blues and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra were looking for any musical group, solo performer, instrumentalists and small instrumental group is welcome to enter online.

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More than 650 local contestants applied to be a part of the audition process. Only 35 contestants were invited to the audition. The audition featured vocalists, guitar players, trumpet players, a jazz band, and an electric guitar player.

During the first round, there was a curtain between the judges and the contestants, so they could not see each other. The contestants picked any song they wanted to perform. They picked music from artists like Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, The Goo Goo Dolls and more. 14 contestants were advanced to the final round to sing the anthem face-to-face with the judges. The judges were Blues House National Anthem Singer Charles Glenn, SLSO Cellist Daniel Lee, and SLSO Chorus Director Amy Kaiser.

The winner of the audition will be announced sometime in Sept. The date that the performer will sing the anthem has yet to be determined.

KMOX’s previous reporting is below

The first step to audition is to register online at before August 11 at midnight. All entries will need to link to a previous musical performance to be considered for the final round.

The finalists will then be invited to audition at Powell Hall, and perform for a panel of judges – Blues Anthem singer Charles Glenn and two SLSO judges.

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