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Singing Valentines is the name for a fundraising program that is popular with barbershop choruses in the U.S. and Canada. The delivery of Singing Valentines is usually done by a barbershop quartet from a chapter affiliated with the three major International barbershop societies:
Note that this is not really a variation on the singing telegram, since the message detail is not dictated by the sender. Rather, quartets usually deliver a canned package of one or two barbershop songs with a personalized card and either roses or chocolates.
- Heart of My Heart, I Love You (the chorus from the Story of the Rose), and
- Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Some of the larger choruses are able to field enough quartets to deliver as many as 200 Singing Valentines in two days, usually on the February 13 and 14. Often, deliveries to assisted living facilities or nursing homes can be scheduled for the weekend.
Other Singing Valentines
Although the delivery of Singing Valentines is typically done by a barbershop quartet, other a cappella singing ensembles have been known to set up similar fundraising programs, particularly on college campuses.
Notes and references
- Successful Singing Valentines Manual from the Barbershop Harmony Society
- Sweet Adelines, International
- Harmony, Incorporated
- To Russia With Love, Style Weekly, March 27, 2006
- In tune for the holiday of love, Far West End Press, February 1, 2008
- Harry Potter's Singing Valentine from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets