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Public Urged To Vote For Favorite National Anthem Rendition

Public Urged To Vote For Favorite National Anthem Rendition


Eight Marylanders selected as Star-Spangled Sing-Off Finalists; public to determine winner

June 06, 2014Press Release

The Maryland State Arts Council and Star-Spangled 200 are asking Marylanders to decide who should win the Star-Spangled Sing-Off, a statewide National Anthem Singing Competition.  

The competition called for Marylanders to record their solo, a capella rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” post it to YouTube and enter the contest by submitting a link to their performance.

“We received a number of remarkable entries from Marylanders of all ages,” said Hannah Byron, Assistant Secretary for Tourism, Film and the Arts at the Maryland Department of Commerce. “From gospel style to folk, to more classical arrangements, it was moving to see and hear the personal interpretations of this iconic song, born in Maryland, but shared and loved by all Americans.”

Asst. Sec. Byron, along with Baltimore Choral Arts Director Tom Hall, Morgan State University Choir Director Eric Conway and Annapolis Chorale Director J. Ernest Green judged the contest, selecting the eight entries that will go to a public vote that runs Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 13.

The finalist with the most votes will win a prize of $1,814 and the opportunity to perform during what some are predicting to be the largest event in Baltimore history, Star-Spangled Spectacular. The free, family-friendly event, Sept. 10-16 in and around the city, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the Star-Spangled Banner with re-enactments, fireworks, parades, and a maritime festival that will conclude with a televised event at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.

The eight Star-Spangled Sing-Off finalists, with links to their video, are:

To vote for your favorite performance of The National Anthem, visit  from Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 13.

About the Maryland State Arts Council 
The mission of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of Maryland. The latest economic impact report shows that MSAC grantees' activities support more than 12,700 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $1.07 billion in economic activity and $48 million in state and local taxes.

About Star-Spangled 200
Star-Spangled 200, a national bicentennial in Maryland, commemorates the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812.  Star-Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay launched the multi-year commemoration in June 2012.  Sailabration included a maritime festival with 45 vessels from a dozen nations and an airshow featuring the Blue Angels, and drew more than 1.5 million visitors. Star-Spangled 200 continued Spring 2013 through Summer 2014 with the Chesapeake Campaign, a series of more than a dozen festivals in waterfront communities around the Bay.  Two conferences were held at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2013 - Cross Tech, June 10-11 and From Enemies to Allies, June 12-15 – bringing together leaders in cyber security and scholars from the U.K, Canada and the U.S.  Events will culminate with Star-Spangled Spectacular, September 10-16, 2014, celebrating the 200th birthday of the National Anthem.  Star-Spangled 200 is supported by its Presenting Sponsor AT&T with Founding Partner support from Constellation and Papa John’s.  For more information, please visit or





Media Contact: 

Kate McMillan