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February 5, 2008

Send an a cappella valentine

Press Release:

Love and the sounds of sweet harmony will be in the air on Valentine’s
Day all across the country as barbershop quartets from the Barbershop Harmony Society will once again deliver the unique gift of Singing Valentines to unsuspecting sweethearts. The quartets will deliver a rose and a love song to the surprised recipients at their workplace, homes, restaurants, etc.

“A singing Valentine is a unique and very unusual way of expressing love,” says Ed Watson, CEO of the Barbershop Harmony Society in Nashville, Tenn., which coordinates Singing Valentines each year with quartets in its 800 membership chapters across the United States and Canada. “Being serenaded touches some primal emotion because music has long been the language of love. And barbershop quartets are the modern-day troubadours.”

The Singing Valentine program is an annual fundraising activity which is sponsored by the local chorus in each city. A significant portion of the proceeds benefits music education programs in their local communities. Like most barbershop singers, the quartet singers have full time jobs and responsibilities outside the quartet. Still, through out the year they find time to perform regularly at churches, community centers and barbershop singing events and contests.

“This is one of the most enjoyable activities we engage in each year, “says Singing Valentine Coordinator Paul Touchton. “It is really neat to go somewhere and watch and hear the reactions of the recipient and those who stop everything they are doing to hear a quartet serenade a surprised sweetheart.”

The basic rate for a Singing Valentine varies depending on geographic location and time frame required to deliver the Valentine. More info here.

Posted by acapnews at February 5, 2008 9:19 PM

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