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National Anthem Singer Auditions

National Anthem Singers

The Office of the President and The Department of Performing Arts seek five graduating students to sing the National Anthem at each of the five American University commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13.

Auditions are scheduled to take place on Monday, March 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center. To sign up for an audition slot, please stop by Katzen 100 or email Ashley Hunter ( no later than Friday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Each singer will be assigned a three-minute audition slot. If you are unable to audition on March 5, please email Ashley before the March 2 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). Please bring a one-page resume with contact information.

Students who are selected will be assigned to one ceremony and will be listed in the commencement program. We cannot guarantee that singers will be assigned to their own graduation ceremony. Anthem singers are members of the platform party, along with President Burwell and the honorary degree speaker, and have the option of sitting on stage during the ceremony.

As compensation for singing the National Anthem, Special Events will pay the rental fee for the selected students’ regalia and offer either two additional ceremony tickets (if applicable) or one additional parking pass.

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

Commencement schedule