Most People Can’t Sing the National Anthem. These People Really Can.

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Photo via the National Park Service
Photo via the National Park Service

The United States’s national anthem is a notoriously difficult challenge for singers. And when it goes wrong, it goes really wrong. But when someone really skilled hits those soaring notes? It’s beautiful! And so we extend our congratulations to the singers whose solo (yike!) a capella (double yike!) renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner” won the Star-Spangled Sing-Off.


Unsurprisingly, each of the top three finalists has worked as a professional singer or musician in some capacity. Top prize winner Rolando Sanz is a Bethesda-based opera singer; second-place finisher Bill Harris just retired after teaching music in Montgomery County public schools for 40 years; and third-place winner Amy Keesun Kwon has served as a soprano soloist for many productions locally and farther afield.

Watch Sanz, Harris, and Kwon’s winning performances here; you can also catch Sanz singing the anthem in person at this fall’s Star-Spangled Spectacular.



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