Martha Vedrine, staff assistant in the Office of Dental Education recently sang the National Anthem at the opening of the Red Sox game on Labor Day, September 4, 2017.
Vedrine was selected to represent the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW) during Union Night at Fenway Park. After sending taped recordings of her performances to the Red Sox she was officially given the honor of singing at the revered ballpark.
“I was very humbled and honored to be there,” she said. “Being on the field behind home plate and taking in all the excitement of the pregame ceremonies was amazing.”
In Vedrine’s role at HSDM she works with faculty, students and staff to keep the Office of Dental Education running smoothly. In her free time, the Boston native and lifelong Red Sox fan is an accomplished performer.
Vedrine holds a degree in Music Education from Gordon College and has been singing and working with choirs since she was a child growing up in the music ministry of the Boston Missionary Baptist Church. In recent years, Martha served as music assistant for the Boston Community Choir and Boston Pops Gospel Choir, and assistant music director and soloist for Sharing A New Song Chorus, with whom she has toured Russia, Brazil, Cuba, Nicaragua, and South Africa. She is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's and Boston Pop's Grammy award-winning Tanglewood Festival Chorus with whom she has toured Europe, sung at Carnegie Hall, and participated in four recordings.
Her performance at the Red Sox game to thousands of fans and Harvard employees in attendance was pitch-perfect.
“Afterwards, many of the staff and fans let me know that they appreciated my rendition of the anthem. I felt thoroughly blessed, humbled, and honored to have shared my voice in this way,” Vedrine said.