Philly Voice writer Brian Hickey reports on July 21:

They want to sing the National Anthem at the Wells Fargo Center on the night that Hillary Clinton gives her historic nomination-acceptance speech next week, but first comes the tough task of being selected over the likes of Beyonce, Katy Perry and a local boy whose voice wowed Pope Francis.

Next week, 100 choral singers from across the country will bring their talents to the “Let Freedom Sing!” Girlchoir National Convention “in an effort to raise a bipartisan voice through song.”

A pair of “singer delegates” were selected from each state. Mostly high-school girls (though a 9-year-old and 86-year-old Holocaust survivor will be among them), they will arrive in town starting Sunday to meet for the first time ever. Then, they’ll prepare for the “Let Freedom SING!” concert next Wednesday at Arcadia University.

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