Strand Notebook | Quartet sings Valentines, creates memories

Strand NotebookJanuary 30, 2013 

If you’re looking for a unique Valentine for a special someone, the Hallelujah Quartet will deliver one for you.

Hallelujah, a Myrtle Beach-based Sweet Adelines barbershop quartet, will be traveling around the area delivering Singing Valentines Feb. 13-16.

As they look forward to meeting new people and having new experiences, the singers are also remembering past experiences.

“It is always different, always delightful for us. Each year we come away exhausted, but so pleased that we brought so much happiness to our recipients,” said bass singer Edye Papp.

For $35, the quartet will arrive at a specified location, sing three songs, present a faux rose and a special-made card to the recipient, and later send a photo.

Chris Seebach sings lead, but she also works. When she is not available to sing, tenor Cynthia Dyer will sing lead and Carol Clark will sing tenor. Diane Kane sings baritone.

Hallelujah Quartet members are also members of the Grand Strand Harmony Chorus, a Sweet Adelines chorus. They’re always looking for performance opportunities, and will deliver singing telegrams for birthdays, anniversaries or other occasions.

They also “give of themselves” by singing at nursing homes and other senior facilities.

Sweet Adelines International is a singing organization of more than 33,000 women in 50 states and several foreign countries. The organization is dedicated to teaching and practicing four part barbershop harmony, in order to bring musical enjoyment to themselves and their audiences.

While creating lasting Valentine memories for many people, the ladies who sing as the Hallelujah Quartet have accumulated a wealth of memories of their own. They sang for an optometrist at a Wal-Mart whose ears turned redder and redder as they sang. They sang for the owner of a Thai Restaurant who was delighted although he hardly spoke or understood English, and for a chef at another restaurant who loved the fact that his girlfriend sent a Singing Valentine and took a break to sit and listen.

They have seen love in its purest form, and have delivered joy in perfect harmony to the young, the old, the sick and the dying, and sometimes they’ve had to fight back their own tears to keep on singing.

For five years, the Hallelujah Quartet has sung for a little girl being raised by her grandparents, who began ordering Singing Valentines for her when she was three.

“The quartet has watched her grow, secure in the love of her grandparents, into a lovely young girl eager to show off her latest computer skills and talk about her love of Elvis Presley songs. Every year the quartet looks forward to singing something new for them, receiving their warm hugs, and seeing their delight,” Papp said.

To order a singing Valentine, to book the quartet for an event or for more information, email Papp at hallelujahbass@yahoo.com, call her at 650-0625 or visit www.hallelujahquartet.com.

Reach PEGGY MISHOE at 365-3885 or pegmish@sccoast.net.

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