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February 13, 2014

Love struck with a song

TRAVERSE CITY — Forget the last-minute flowers and chocolates in a heart-shaped box.

Let the Choral-Aires serenade that special someone instead.

A capella quartets from Traverse City Central High School’s 20-member advanced choir are serving as cupids-for-hire on Friday and Saturday. For $50 the students will surprise a valentine with a red rose, a chocolate truffle, a personal message and a couple of romantic tunes.

The unconventional gift is sure to get toes tapping and hearts thumping. Senior Choral-Aires member Myia Hall said it’s a great way to “spread the love.”

“It’s a fun, different experience for Valentine’s Day that most people don’t usually get,” she said.

Singing valentines recipients range from couples at work to elderly folks celebrating special anniversaries, but the gesture isn’t just for lovers. Tamara Grove, director of choirs at Central High School, said the Choral-Aires also receive orders for parents on behalf of their children.

“There might be a few grandmas and aunts and uncles thrown in there, too,” said senior Choral-Aires member Marie Laird. “You never know.”

Volunteers and clients at Traverse City’s Father Fred Foundation were treated to an early singing valentine on Wednesday afternoon. Students clad in tuxedos, gloves and gowns sang a handful of heartfelt songs in the nonprofit group’s lobby, including “Good Lovin’” and The Beatles’ “In My Life.”

“They were just amazing,” said Father Fred volunteer coordinator Sue Bauer. “It’s just such a great gift we can give to the people in our community. It’s so unexpected.”

Call parent volunteer coordinator Mary Kay Trippe at (231)-499-8496 or email her at to place an order.

Delivery locations must be within 15 miles of downtown Traverse City. Students will deliver the singing valentines between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday.

All singing valentines proceeds help fund the Choral-Aires yearly activities.

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