Thursday, September 11, 2014

Auditioning to Sing the National Anthem for Professional Sports Teams

The WLA Traveling Choir has been singing a new SATB arrangement of the Gaither Vocal Band setting of the Star-Spangled Banner this school year.  After one of our recent performances for the 6th Annual Derek Dobogai Memorial Run/Walk, an audience member pulled me aside and said,"I go to about 17 or 18 Brewers games a year.  The version your choir sang today was way better than anyone I have heard sing for the Brewers.  You should audition to sing for the Brewers."

I have had this same encouragement from other parents in the past, so it's high time we did it.  So how does one audition?  Here is the most current information I have found for Wisconsin teams:

To apply to sing the anthem prior to a Brewers game, please send in an audition of the anthem sung a cappella, 90 seconds or less, plus a performance history (if any) to:
  • Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club
  • Attn: Aleta Mercer
  • One Brewers Way
  • Milwaukee, WI 53214
Audition CDs are accepted in the off-season, between November 1 and February 14 each year.

National Anthem Auditions – Wednesday, September 17th

Registration begins at 7:00am Doors close at 7:00P
BMO Harris Bradley Center 
  • Entrance: Potawatomi Gate – 4th & Highland
  • Perform in the order you enter (each candidate will receive a number)
  • Open to all ages - 18 and under need to be accompanied by a legal guardian
  • Encouraged to bring a performance resume but not mandatory
  • Must find your own parking
  • The audition will be open to the public and will require each individual / group to sing the entire song to be considered.
What do I need to bring to auditions? Driver’s License, or other form of photo identification

Green Bay Packers | National Anthem Requests

The Green Bay Packers thank you for your interest in singing the National Anthem at Lambeau Field on gameday. As the Packers collect and review your request to sing the national anthem, please note that many of our games are themed, have special requirements, and have been booked well in advance. In order for your request to be considered, please submit the following information: (online form at

Please provide a URL to any audio/video clips of your performances. If you are sending a hard copy, please indicate. [Send performance samples] by e-mail to or mail hard copy information/samples to: Gameday Entertainment P.O. Box 10628, Green Bay, WI 54307

Please note that the Packers will keep all items they receive by mail. Samples of work will not be returned. We look forward to your request.

UW Athletics seeks National Anthem performers (Sept. 23, 2012)

Badgers looking for talented performers to sing the National Anthem. Would you like to sing the National Anthem at a UW sporting event?

The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department is looking for performers to sing the National Anthem at Badger sporting events this season.

The search committee is looking for a variety of Madison-area solo artists, duets, groups, etc. with and without instruments to perform. Please note that due to NCAA rules, high school performers/groups cannot be considered.  

Those interested in participating should submit their audition materials (link to performance or performance on CD/DVD) including contact information to or via mail to:

Wisconsin Athletics
Attn: National Anthem Search
Marketing Office
1440 Monroe Street
Madison, WI 53711


 After the selection committee has reviewed all performances, individuals will be contacted to schedule a performance at a game. 

Deadline for receipt of audition materials is Friday, Oct. 12 (2012) at 5 p.m.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers | National Anthem FAQs

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WSMA Festival Music Lists 2014-2015

On the first day of each school year, the Wisconsin State Music Association releases its new Festival Music List for the current school year.  This list is important for all music students who are preparing for Solo Ensemble (Vocal/Piano is the last Saturday in Feb. 2015 at Omro HS, Instrumental/Piano is the first Saturday in March at Omro HS) and Concert Festivals (Horace Mann HS, North FDL is hosting the Large Group Choir Concert Festival on Wednesday, March 25, 2015).

See Mr. Witte if you have any other questions.

1000s – Vocal
2000s – Orchestra
3000s – Band/Woodwind
4000s – Brass
5000s – Percussion
6000s – Jazz/Show Choir/Alt. Strings
7000s – Piano
8000s – Handbell/Guitar
9000s – Misc./Ethnic

Monday, September 1, 2014

I Love My Love

One of the songs that the WLA Traveling Choir will be singing for the WLA Fall Concert on October 19, 2014 is a setting of the Cornish folksong, I Love My Love (1916) by Gustav Holst.

Abroad as I was walking, one evening in the spring,
I heard a maid in Bedlam so sweetly for to sing;
Her chains she rattled with her hands, and thus replied she:
"I love my love because I know my love loves me! 

O cruel were his parents who sent my love to sea,
And cruel was the ship that bore my love from me;
Yet I love his parents since they're his although they've ruined me:
I love my love because I know my love loves me! 

With straw I'll weave a garland, I'll weave it very fine;
With roses, lilies, daisies, I'll mix the eglantine;
And I'll present it to my love when he returns from sea.
For I love my love, because I know my love loves me."

Just as she sat there weeping, her love he came on land. 

Then hearing she was in Bedlam, he ran straight out of hand.
He flew into her snow-white arms, and thus replied he:
"I love my love, because I know my love loves me." 

She said: "My love don't frighten me; Are you my love or no?"
"O yes, my dearest Nancy, I am your love, also
I am return'd to make amends for all your injury;
I love my love because I know my love loves me."

So now these two are married, and happy may they be

Like turtle doves together in love and unity.
All pretty maids with patience wait that have got loves at sea;
I love my love because I know my love loves me. 

Sheet Music
6 Choral Folksongs, Op.36 (Holst, Gustav) – IMSLP Petrucci Music Library (
No. 5 I Love My Love (Gustav Holst) – Choral Public Domain Library (

Part Predominant Recordings
MIDI, MP3 & Scorch Files – John Fletcher Music

Program Notes and Short Biography–San Francisco Lyric Chorus

The Gustav Holst Website by Kenric Taylor
Gustav Holst – Wikipedia
Holst Birthplace Museum
Bedlam (Bethlem Royal Hospital) – Wikipedia

Other Arrangements 
Gustav Holst's own Second Suite in F, Movement 2 (Song without Words) (1911)