On Wednesday the St. Louis Symphony Orchestras and the St. Louis Blues announced the winner of the National Anthem auditions.
Matt Pentecost, a music teacher at in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center will perform The Star-Spangled Banner at a home Blues hockey home game on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
Pentecost beat out over 100 applicants at a final competition held at Powell Hall on August 25th.
Pentecost competed against dozens of contestants from the St. Louis region following a video application phase, which generated more than 100 entries. Auditions for the finalists were held at Powell Hall on August 25.
The Blues reported:
“I was in all the music programs at school that I could be in. Now I’m in my ninth year of leading music education at the early childhood center in Maplewood. I know my students will think this is the most amazing thing ever!” said Pentecost.
“The competition was tough. We heard such great talent in the auditions. Matt stayed true to the anthem and we could feel his personality come through his performance. The judges unanimously agreed he was our winner,” said Bertels.
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