Fans Flock To Tryout For National Anthem Singers

Love for America and the Tulsa Shock was on display as local residents flocked to the BOK Center on Tuesday to earn one of the seventeen available opportunities to sing the National Anthem at a home game this season.

Individuals of all ages, trained and not-trained, showcased their talents in front of the Tulsa Shock front office staff who served as “celebrity” judges for the event.

“This is huge. This is bigger than American Idol,” Sales Executive and judge AJ Weir said. “We just want to give everybody a few minutes on the big stage to show us what they got.”

Sharon Doty, a classically trained opera singer from the University of Oklahoma (class of 1966) has been singing professionally since she was 5-years-old and this opportunity blended two of her passions.

“I am a sentimental patriot. I love this country,” Doty said. “The Star Spangled Banner is perfect for my voice and I love singing it the right way.”

For Broken Arrow High School senior, Victoria Morales, the opportunity was great but the big stage had some drawbacks. .

“I haven’t sung in a long time so I was really nervous but I think it went okay,” Morales said.

Alix Luce, a third-grade teacher at Walt Whitman Elementary School, and a prominent member of the school choir, auditioned to experience the big stage.

“I thought it would be fun to sing in front of a lot people,” Luce said. “I love Tulsa and I love the Shock.”

Seventeen individuals will be selected, one for each of the Shock home games this summer. Final decisions are expected to be made by the end of next week.