Meet Nina Lowenbach

Bubbly and beautiful, 11 year-old Nina Lowenbach loves to sing. And, sing she did, on August 18, when she performed “The Star Spangled Banner” at BB&T Coastal Field before the start of a Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game. Nina sang at a Saturday night game, in front of nearly 4,000 fans.

Jessica Berkshire, Promotions Manager for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, remembers Nina’s audition. “Sometimes I’m a little hesitant to use children to sing the national anthem, but it was clear that Nina was very confident. I hope to bring her back year after year!”

Sept 2007 Candid

Nina, when did you start singing?

I joined the children’s choir at my church (Pawleys Island Presbyterian) when I was four, I think. (Nina’s mom, Susie, confirmed this with a nod.) People started telling me I was good at singing and I started liking it. My favorite thing about the choir is being in the musicals we do. It’s fun to pretend to be somebody you’re not!

Why did you want to sing the national anthem?

My music teacher, Olivia Huggins, wanted me to do it. I auditioned in March, along with lots of other people. Two weeks later, I found out I was chosen.

What else do you like to do?

I play softball, and I love to read. Right now, I’m reading the latest Harry Potter and a Laura Ingalls Wilder book. I am also in the BEACH singers program at my school.

I’m thinking a career in science, or maybe history, would be fun. Those are my two favorite subjects in school. I don’t think I want a singing career.

Susie, how do you feel about Nina’s performance?

I’m amazed by her! Nina is so talented, but very modest, always downplaying her ability.

Nina lives in Pawleys Island with her parents, Susie and Matt, and 7 year-old brother, Noah. She is a sixth grader at Waccamaw Middle School. A group of nearly 90 extended family members and friends gathered to see Nina’s performance.

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