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State of the City singer/s wanted

Post Date:01/08/2020

Auditions for State of the City singer

The annual State of the City brings the community together to hear what has happened in Merced over the past year, and what the future holds. This year’s event, will have that, and more.

The State of the City is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7 in the Merced Theatre. The event is free.

Every year community members participate in the State of the City with music or dance numbers. This year will be a bit different because the role for the singer of the national anthem is being opened up to the public through a contest.

“We wanted to get residents involved with the State of the City, and give them a chance to directly participate in the event,” said Mayor Mike Murphy.  “ ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ will let someone, or a group, showcase their talents for all of Merced.”

Individuals, or groups, must audition for the anthem via recording. The winner, or winners, will be selected by the Mayor.  Anyone can audition. 

 “I’m excited because I know Merced has such a depth of talent to draw from, and I’m looking forward to listening to the auditions,” Murphy said.

“The ‘Star Spangled Banner’ starts off many events in our country, and the State of the City is no different,” Murphy said. “We want to start off the State of the City this year showcasing the gifts and talents that have been given to our great City.” 

There are two ways to audition for the State of the City, by email or via a flash drive. The individual or group must record a 30 second audio clip singing the “Star Spangled Banner” and email it to: or drop off the flash drive at the City Clerk’s Office, 1st Floor, Merced Civic Center (City Hall), 678 W. 18th St., between 8 a.m. and noon or 1 to 5 p.m.

This is the fourth year for the State of the City. The annual event fills the Merced Theatre with a mix of residents and government students eager to learn about civics first-hand. This year the event will include Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Vice President Annissa Fragosa as a speaker.

Doors open for State of the City at 10:30 a.m. and the program begins at 11. It is scheduled to end at noon. The public is encouraged to attend the event. The Merced Theatre is located at 301 W. Main St.



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