TOWN OF WAUSAU (WAOW) -
Vocal students from UW Marathon County are warming hearts for Valentine's Day. They're delivering singing Valentines this week.
From the halls of UWMC, to area offices, to homes around Wausau, members of the university's concert choir are singing Valentine's classics.
The tunes are capturing audiences.
"I think it warmed all of our hearts. It just kind of tugs at you and makes you kind of want to start crying," said Mary Cherf of Wausau, who enjoyed a singing Valentine on Thursday.
The students singing the songs say reactions like that are the best part.
"A lot of people don't know that it's coming and it's very heartwarming and surprising and lots of people cry and it's just very nice to see that you bring happiness through music," said Caitlin McGarvey, UWMC sophomore.
School leaders say the singing Valentines are a fun alternative to traditional gifts.
"I think it's just a unique, specialized greeting," said UWMC assistant professor of music Tim Buccholz. "If someone has been getting someone a card or box of chocolates for many years, this is something that can seem a little more personal."
At $20 a piece, the singing Valentines serve as a fundraiser for the music department.
"It supports music scholarships for our music majors. It supports printing concert programs for the concerts we give. It supports buying sheet music for our ensembles and different needs we have in the music department," said Buchholz.
Students in the department say they receive as much as they give.
"Nothing makes my day like seeing people smile. It's just awesome," said Hunter Kamrowski, UWMC freshman.
This is the 27th year UWMC students have been delivering singing Valentines. Through the years, they've delivered about 2,500.
Organizers say they're all booked up for this year. But if you're already interested in getting on the list for next year, you can e-mail Buchholz at firstname.lastname@example.org.