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Barbershop Singers Give Gift of Song

Jan 28, 2011 05:54PM ● Published by Anonymous

As part of their fundraising efforts in support of music education, quartets from the Sons of the Severn Barbershop Chorus will deliver Singing Valentines throughout Anne Arundel and surrounding counties on February 12, 13, and 14. Each Singing Valentine will include a silk rose, a Valentine’s Day card with the sender’s personal message, and two romantic songs in close harmony, sung by a genuine barbershop quartet in formal attire.

At a price of $50, a Singing Valentine offers an affordable alternative to the traditional flowers and chocolate. Singing Valentines may also be delivered via telephone (card and rose not included) for $15 each. The gift giver can choose the approximate time of delivery.

“People are always looking for that perfect gift. And now, more than ever, cost is a big factor for the giver,” says Charlie Schlagel, the program’s coordinator. “We provide a unique and heartwarming Valentine’s Day gift that has real value for a very reasonable price.”

In years past, the Sons of the Severn have delivered Singing Valentines to women (and men) in such diverse locations as offices, homes, restaurants, firehouses, stores, nursing homes, and even

“It’s touching to see the look of surprise and tears of joy on a recipient’s face when we start singing,” says Gene Valendo, who sings baritone in the chorus.

The Sons of the Severn Barbershop Chorus is a non-profit educational organization under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code. The annual Singing Valentines campaign is one of the
organization’s major fundraising efforts in support of their core mission to preserve and advance the American musical art form of barbershop harmony, and to encourage music education in the
schools and communities of Anne Arundel County.

To order a Singing Valentine, please visit, or contact Charles Schlagel at (301) 801-5637 or

For general information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Eugene Valendo at (410) 960-5474.

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