Experts to Judge National Anthem Auditions

Kurt Bestor, Sam Cardon, Hilary Weeks and Tyler Castleton to Help Select Singers for the 2013-14 Utah Jazz Season

Experts to Judge National Anthem Auditions

SALT LAKE CITY (September 23, 2013) – Emmy Award-winning composers Kurt Bestor and Sam Cardon along with Top 10 Billboard singer Hilary Weeks and music director and producer Tyler Castleton will serve as expert judges at the National Anthem auditions for the 2013-14 Utah Jazz season. Tryouts will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 4 at EnergySolutions Arena. Audition order is organized on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Utah Jazz seeks professional and talented performers to sing the U.S. National Anthem prior to each home game during the 2013-14 season. It is required that the National Anthem be sung in a cappella and traditional manner with no styling or individual musical interpretation. The audition is open to the general public, for individuals and/or small groups. There is no need for résumés, photos, portfolios, recordings, etc.

Among the panel of judges, Bestor, who will perform his 26th annual Christmas concert at Abravanel Hall in December, is an acclaimed composer with more than 40 film scores and international recording artist with more than 15 CDs. Cardon’s composer credits include 15 large-format films, television theme songs for National Geographic Explorer and Good Morning America plus original music for both the 1988 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Weeks is a singer/songwriter of faith-based music with eight albums including her latest, “Say Love,” which landed on three Billboard charts this month. Two years ago her album “Every Step,” produced and arranged by Castleton, appeared on five Billboard lists, including No. 6 on Top Current Contemporary Christian. In addition to producing and arranging for Weeks, Castleton has wrote or co-wrote songs for more than 100 artists, including Martina McBride, Gladys Knight and Marie Osmond.

All participants in the audition will be notified by email whether they have been invited to perform the National Anthem at a Jazz game. If selected, the performer must sing the same version at the game as it was performed during auditions. Professional attire is required. Participants should enter through the Ticket Lobby/Will Call entrance on the northeast corner of EnergySolutions Arena.

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