"O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave"

Our Program

Oh, Say! is a program in which young people and adults alike are retaught the words and significance of the American National Anthem. The goal of this program is to get “The Star-Spangled Banner” back into Americans’ hearts and minds. Audience members will gain an understanding of the first verse of The Star-Spangled Banner and also gain an understanding of how the song can contribute to unity for citizens of the nation. Together with the Yale graduate school of music and the Groton Naval Base, using archival documents, images, group activities, audience involvement, videos and music, audience members will associate Key's words with historic events and recognize the sentiment those words inspired.

Oh, Say! has been presented to Connecticut school districts as well as organizations and companies. Audience members have ranged from 4 years old to adults. President Herbert Hoover designated “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem in 1931. And 75 years later, many of the words and phrases have become awkward to the modern tongue and do not make perfect sense even to adults who have been singing the anthem for decades. More than 60% of American adults, in fact, cannot correctly recite the anthem's entire first verse. The Star-Spangled Banner is a song that is deeply rooted in our American heritage. It is one of the few ways we can voice our pride in our country together. And Oh, Say! is here to help do just that! For more information about this program, please send us an email.