Deadline for National Anthem Applicants is March 15

Applications are now being accepted for singers and musicians who would like to perform the National Anthem during the 2013 NCAA® Men’s College World Series®, according to Katie Karmazin, National Anthem coordinator. Audition applications are now available here.

College World Series of Omaha, Inc., will accept electronically processed audition applications through Friday, March 15, 2013, at 5 p.m. Central time. Each application must be accompanied by one a cappella version of the “Star-Spangled Banner” performed by the applicant and submitted electronically by music file or a CD.

CDs may be mailed to the office of College World Series of Omaha, Inc. at 5010 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE  68132. Application guidelines prohibit applicants from using voice enhancements or background music on their recordings. No late entries will be accepted.

“Due to the large number of applications we receive, performers are limited to apply either as a soloist or as a duo or group,” Karmazin explained. “We are also discouraging groups larger than 22 individuals from applying because of space limitations.”

A panel of judges will review all submissions and applicants will be notified of their status by email no later than March 20. The top 30 applicants will be asked to audition live at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Saturday, April 6, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Central time. All individuals listed on the application must be available to audition on Saturday, April 6, to be eligible for advancement. No alternate date will be offered.

Judges will select 17 finalists to perform at the 2013 College World Series. All applicants must be available to perform during the Series, which will start Saturday, June 15, and run through either June 25 or 26.

College World Series of Omaha, Inc., began holding formal auditions in 1995 because of a growing interest in performing the national anthem. Musicians and singers from across the nation compete each year to perform before an average of more than 20,000 people who attend each College World Series game.

About the NCAA®

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About CWS, Inc.®

College World Series of Omaha, Inc., is the non-profit local organizing committee for the annual NCAA Division I Men's College World Series. Its mission is enlisting wide-based community support from business, government, civic organizations and individuals to implement, promote, operate and host a successful CWS in Omaha in partnership with the NCAA. The 2013 CWS will begin with Opening Celebration Day Friday, June 14. Games will begin Saturday, June 15, and continue through Tuesday/Wednesday, June 25/26. For a complete schedule of all games and times, please visit

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About CWS of Omaha, Inc.

College World Series of Omaha, Inc., the local organizing committee, is a non-profit organization formed in 1967. The mission of its all-volunteer board of directors is enlisting community support for the College World Series from business, government, civic organizations and individuals.

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