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Published February 07 2013

VIDEO: Vocal group hits right note with singing valentines

FARGO – Tim Noteboom and the rest of Great Plains Harmony are gearing up for a busy Valentine’s Day.

Split up into quartets, the group will be spreading love in the form of singing valentines throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day.

Noteboom, volunteer coordinator for the singing valentines, says this is the 10th or 11th Valentine’s Day the chorus has done the project. Last year, they delivered 96 valentines between four quartets, all dressed for the occasion in tuxedos.

Each recipient will be sung one to three love songs, depending on their receptiveness to the idea, Noteboom says.

Over the past decade, Great Plains Harmony has serenaded a wide range of people.

“We’ve done everything from schools to people that work behind the counter at Wal-Mart,” Noteboom says. “We’ve also done it for people that aren’t married, but just have a girlfriend or sweetheart.”

The group even sang a song to a male oil changer at Jiffy Lube, going so far as to climb down into the maintenance pit to do so, Noteboom adds.

Though that particular recipient might not have appreciated the gesture very much, most people usually do.

“There are a lot of women that get pretty emotional,” Noteboom says. “That’s what’s really nice about it.”

Along the way, the singing valentines are usually a big hit with the recipient’s co-workers as well.

“The moment you walk into a business, they know something’s going on,” Noteboom says. “By the time you get to the recipient, you’ve got quite a following of people.”

The singing valentines are a fundraiser for Great Plains Harmony, which is made up of 45 active members ranging in age from 17-87 years old, according to Noteboom.

The chorus recently competed at a regional barbershop harmony com-petition and scored well enough to advance to the finals, which will be held in Toronto next July. The singing valentines will help to finance that trip.

But above all, Noteboom says, “the biggest reason we do it is for the entertainment and enjoyment of it.”


Want to order a singing valentine for someone special in your life? Cost is $35, and also includes a card and valentine candy. To order call Tim at (701) 552-0410. Visit www.gpharmony.org for more information about the singing valentines or Great Plains Harmony.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535