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National Anthem Singer Auditions

The Office of the President and the Department of Performing Arts are seeking five graduating seniors or graduate singers to sing the National Anthem at each of the five American University commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10. Auditions are scheduled to take place Wednesday, March 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center. To sign up for an audition slot, stop by Katzen 100 or email Jeanne Hisle ( no later than Monday, March 2, at 5:00 p.m. Each singer will be assigned a three-minute audition slot. If you are unable to audition on a Wednesday, email Jeanne before the Monday deadline as some alternative times may be available.

Students should come prepared to sing the first verse of the National Anthem, a cappella and memorized in a standard key comfortable for them (usually B-flat, A-flat, or G if necessary). Bring a one-page resume with contact information.

Students who are selected will be assigned to one ceremony, receive a $100 honorarium, and will be listed in the commencement program. We cannot guarantee that singers will be assigned to their own graduation ceremony. Click here for the commencement weekend schedule.

Anthem singers must be cleared to participate in the May commencement ceremonies, are required to wear the AU cap and gown, and are responsible for its rental. The Special Events office will brief the singers in the days prior to graduation.

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