Hofstra University senior Maggie Doherty bested more than 250 competitors in the big league world of national anthems to be chosen to sing at Citi Field this coming Wednesday before a Mets game.
The 21-year-old senior from Saratoga Springs was one of five winners. At her audition in March, she sang “Rolling in the Deep,” by the English singer-songwriter Adele, a capella.
“We were in the room where they do all the post-game press conferences,” said Doherty, a lifelong Mets fan, "and I remember thinking, ‘I’ve seen [manager] Terry Collins and [former manager] Jerry Manuel on that stage a million times, and now I get to be in the same room.’”
Doherty, who was among about two dozen called back for the final round, has sung the national anthem hundreds of times in public, including at Hofstra Pride basketball and lacrosse games.
“I audition for things, and I enter contests, and I never actually win anything,” she said. The congratulatory call came during the midterm in her media law class. “I’m beyond excited. I’m a huge Mets fan, so this is a dream come true.”
Doherty is a journalism major with dual minors in political science and music. She’s been on the Dean’s List every semester, tutors at the campus writing center and is vice president of Sigma’cappella, Hofstra’s coed a capella group. She hopes to combine her passions and become a music writer.