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WHS choirs to sing at Twins game

Ryan McGaughey/Daily Globe Some of the 120 members of the Worthington High School (WHS) Trojan and Concert choirs who will sing the National Anthem at Target Field today rehearse Tuesday morning in the school's choir room.

WORTHINGTON -- Win or lose, today's 12:10 p.m. Minnesota Twins game will be a memorable one for many Worthington residents.

That's because about 120 members of the Worthington High School (WHS) Trojan and Concert Choirs will sing the National Anthem at Target Field just prior to the game's first pitch being thrown.

Under the direction of WHS choir director Kerry Johnson, the choirs were chosen for the performance based on a submitted audition tape. WHS choral students sang at an early June 2009 Twins game, as well, but of course the anticipation is heightened this year as it will be the first visit to brand-new Target Field for nearly all of the participants.

The trip is being paid for with money students raised in a music department frozen food fundraiser. Roughly 100 additional game tickets were purchased by singers' families and other students who are traveling to Minneapolis to support the choral effort, reports Johnson.

The WHS choirs will wear T-shirts designed by freshman Emma Jirele, whose design was selected by choir members as the favorite from among eight student submissions.

While the game is expected to be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net, it is unlikely the National Anthem will be included as part of the program. However, Twins fans listening to or watching the game today should keep an ear or eye attuned to mention or sightings of Worthington people.

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