by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
The honor of singing the national anthem at the Elks’ Hockey Day Minnesota boys game last Saturday, with the expansive TV audience and 4,500 fans at Handke Stadium watching, went to Emma Crane, an ERHS senior.
Crane delivered a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner in a clear, mature soprano voice with spot-on pace and diction. While many singers of the anthem like to put in their own tweaks and style, Crane was true to classic melody.
“It was very exciting,” said Crane. “Definitely a different atmosphere, and more intimate than when I’ve done it before, because so many people there know me.”
Crane, also a cross country runner, Nordic Skier, actor and singer at ERHS, has sung the anthem at conference and section cross country meets and at a state tournament soccer game, among other venues. She’s also in the choir at St. Andrews.
Choir director Terry Beaudry recommended Crane to activities director Mike Cunningham.
“Emma is a great student. A very thoughtful person. A leader in the class,” said Beaudry. “I remember working with Emma for the first time in ‘Sound of Music’ years ago. She was phenomenal then, a natural talent … Just in the last year Emma has really stepped out as a singer and an actor in experimenting with different styles and doing them really well.”
Crane said she plans to major in music education with the goal of directing a high school choir.