Quartet taking orders for Singing Valentines

Music Men & Jen, a barbershop quartet, is taking orders for Singing Valentines. Proceeds benefit the London-based Iota Beta chapter of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority, a national civic organization that raises funds for cancer research.

(Posted Jan. 26, 2024)

They’ll say “I love you” in song this Valentine’s Day.

A barbershop quartet springing from central Ohio’s Music Men & Jen will deliver Singing Valentines to special sweethearts. Listen for the sound of harmony in offices, factories, schools, and homes throughout the London area.

The price is $35 and includes two songs sung in barbershop harmony, a rose, and a picture taken with the quartet. Men and women alike are eligible to be on the receiving ends.

All proceeds go to the London-based Iota Beta chapter of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority, a national civic organization that raises funding for cancer research. An order form is available at musicmenohio.com. Order forms and payment must be returned to event organizer and Iota Beta member Becky Lininger of London (contact info on the form) by Feb. 10.

“Their variety of fun songs makes our day,” Lininger said about the quartet. “Co-workers and/or family members enjoy the Singing Valentine as much as the chosen person. Smiles and appreciation is the reward, without a doubt.”

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer this service again to the community,” said Paul Oswalt, bass/baritone and organizer of Music Men & Jen. “It’s been years since we were last able to do this.”

Singing Valentines aren’t just for spouses or romantic partners. A friend with cancer or a person in a nursing home would enjoy a singing valentine, Lininger added.

Although the entertainment portion begins with Music Men & Jen, it will not be that particular quartet making the deliveries this time around.

Oswalt remarked, “Jen Vilardi and Craig Chadwell will not be able to participate due to work schedule conflicts, but I was thankfully able to get Stan Moran and Josh Compston to substitute for them on this occasion. They are more than adept at this sort of thing.”

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