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The Upside Downers is a quartet that's part of Chorus of DuPage, which draws members from across the region, and rehearses in Naperville. (Photo provided)

To create a life-time memory, quartets from the Chorus of DuPage stand ready to deliver singing valentines to sweethearts, special friends and clients Friday, Feb. 14. The group also announces a guest night to encourage men to join the ensemble.

Singing valentines
Organizers said quartets will say “I love you” in song, and hope to leave lucky recipients speechless. Their songs will ring out in offices, restaurants, schools and homes throughout the area.

A basic Singing Valentine costs $50 (extra for a specific time) and includes two songs sung in four-part barbershop harmony, a card and rose. It's suggested they be arranged early at or 630-737-9199.

Guest night
Chorus of DuPage, a men’s a cappella barbershop chorus, invites men of all ages who like to sing to a guest night at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington St., Naperville.

The event is designed to allow men, from teens to senior citizens, to experience how much fun it can be to sing barbershop and to perform with a chorus.

Jerry Broz, a 12-year barbershop veteran said, "At the guest night I attended 12 years ago, I recall saying I haven’t sung with a group since high school.”

Since then, he reports that at every guest night at least one or two guests can be heard saying something similar.

All male singers are welcome, be they beginners, experienced or singers who may not have sung with a group since high school. All will have the opportunity to meet new friends, learn fun songs and improve their singing and performance skills in a casual environment.  Reservations are not required, but early check-in is encouraged.

The Chorus of DuPage is part of the DuPage Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, an international singing organization with more than 25,000 men in the United States and Canada. The chorus is one of 800 Barbershop Harmony Society men’s choruses throughout North America that meet regularly to practice, socialize, perform and sing a cappella harmony in barbershop style.

For more information about the guest night, contact Bruce Rhoades at 708-243-0749 or email him at

The nonprofit men’s chorus with about 50 members ranging in age from 20s to 80s was founded in Naperville in 1961. The chorus performs at private, public and charitable venues throughout DuPage County and the surrounding region. It rehearses Tuesday evenings at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, directly south of Edward Hospital.