As a classically-trained baritone, I’ve had the honor of performing the national anthem 70 times for over 490,000 fans at events ranging from professional baseball games to NCAA tennis championships. It is always my goal to kick things off right each and every time with a powerful yet traditional rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. I believe in adding tasteful dramatic touches only where they serve the meaning of the piece: a moment of tension as we anticipate the flag’s fate through the night, or a small ornament to evoke visions of its fluttering in the wind. These stylistic choices enhance the impact of the text while still preserving the story it was meant to tell. The same stylistic choices ring true when performing O Canada for games featuring Canadian teams.
— Nina Thorsen (@nlthorsen) June 28, 2015
As a Bay Area resident for the past four years, I perform frequently for local events; in 2017 these included Oakland A’s, San Jose Sharks, San Jose Earthquakes, and Stanford Cardinal games, as well as the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional Finals (“Elite Eight”) in San Jose. I’m particularly grateful to the A’s organization for giving me the opportunity to sing for a second pro baseball franchise in 2015 (the first being the Chicago White Sox in 2012). While I was growing up, my family traveled to see baseball games at all thirty MLB ballparks; I hope to visit them all again to sing the anthem!
“He had kind of that Irish tenor sound today; that was a good rendition of the anthem.” – Ron Coomer, Chicago Cubs Radio Analyst
I enjoy performing our national anthem before all events, big and small. If you’re interested in including my rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner or O Canada! at your event, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!