St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra announce winner of National Anthem auditions

Local Music Teacher selected to sing at upcoming Blues Home Game

(St. Louis, September 5, 2018) – Today, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis Blues announced the winner of their National Anthem auditions. A panel of judges selected Matt Pentecost, a music teacher at the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District Early Childhood Center, to perform The Star-Spangled Banner at a Blues home game during the 2018-2019 season.

The audition was part of an ongoing partnership between the SLSO and Blues.

Pentecost, 34, 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. Vocalists and an instrumental trio competed for the opportunity. Prolific Blues National Anthem Singer Charles Glenn, SLSO musician Gerry Pagano, St. Louis Symphony Chorus Director Amy Kaiser, and James Bertels, who was a winner of the inaugural contest in 2017-2018, judged the competition.

“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.

Pentecost will perform the anthem at the Blues home game on Friday, November 9, against the San Jose Sharks.

The Blues produced a downloadable video of the auditions that can be used by media outlets:

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The St. Louis Blues have been a part of the NHL since 1967. During more than 50 years of operation, the organization has established itself as one of the premier professional sports franchises in the country. With nine division titles, a Presidents’ Trophy and more than 20 former team members enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Blues have etched one of the most storied histories in the NHL. Through their history, the Blues have hosted more than 35 million fans and invested millions in the St. Louis community via Blues for Kids, the team’s charitable foundation.