February 14, 2022


As February dawns and Valentine’s Day arrives, there’s more than love in the air at Texas A&M University. There’s also music. Every year, the dulcet tones of three voices singing high notes in harmony fill offices and classrooms as the Texas A&M Women’s Chorus delivers its Singing Valentines.

These sweet serenades are a four-decade tradition for the university’s only all-female choir and have transformed into one of its largest fundraisers. Bearing a card and candy, trios perform short arrangements of songs like “You Are My Sunshine” and “Love Me Tender” for recipients on or off campus, over the phone or through a video. Approximately 50 people order the Valentines each year to spread love (and a little embarrassment) to friends, family members or significant others.

“The moment only lasts a short time but is so impactful for people,” said Madelyn Lewis ’24, the chorus’s PR manager. “It’s so specific and surprising to receive. It’s a great way to have a special one-of-a-kind experience and maybe make someone blush a little if they’re in public.”

Though its Singing Valentines are a seasonal treat, the Women’s Chorus’s music is year-round. Whether they’re rehearsing, performing in Aggieland or sharing songs abroad, members grow their musical abilities and find a family through the chorus as they sing in harmony.

The chorus rehearses four days a week to prepare for these shows. “We’re constantly working and learning new music,” said Valerie Munoz ’25, a soprano 2 in the choir. “As soon as one concert finishes, we start preparing for the next.” The songs they learn span a range of genres and time periods, from classical to contemporary, and include both a cappella and accompanied pieces. Through One-A-Chord, the group’s select, seven-member vocal ensemble, a handful of members further explore light-hearted and popular a cappella tunes.

Similar to its Singing Valentines, the choir also delivers birthday grams year-round to help people make their loved one’s day extra special. “One time I delivered a birthday gram for a kindergarten teacher,” Munoz recalled. “She loved it. She almost teared up, and her students were there and enjoyed it, too.”

“I love seeing people’s reactions to the birthday grams,” added Lewis. “Everybody around them gets so excited and tells us it made their day.”


“Sisterhood is one of our pillars, so we emphasize an environment where everybody is welcome and feels comfortable.”
- Madelyn Lewis '24

Songs and Sisterhood

In addition to giving its members an avenue to share their musical passion, the chorus also helps participants enhance their musical abilities. Some, like Lewis, have participated in choirs throughout their lives, but others, like Munoz, are newcomers to the experience.

Though Munoz has sung in church from a young age, she wanted to try something new when she arrived at Texas A&M. An online search led the political science major to the Women’s Chorus, where she has enjoyed expanding her talents. “I can hear the difference in my voice since I’ve joined choir,” she said. “The way we learn the music, everyone has an opportunity to grasp it easily. I’d never practiced the way we do in choir with the warm-ups and exercises, so the practice and consistent singing has helped improve my tone and intonation.”

Interested in supporting the Women’s Chorus? A gift to the Women's Chorus Operating Fund will continue providing its members and listeners with impactful musical experiences, while a $25,000 endowment will maintain its melodies in perpetuity. For more information, contact Reagan Chessher ’96, senior director of development, at the bottom of this page.

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